Cbus

Cbus Industry Super

Past 5-year return
9.09% p.a
Admin fee

$104

Calc fees on 50k

$479

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum15 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the YearMomentum FinalistNet Benefit Finalist Smooth Ride FinalistInfinity Recognised
Past 5-year return
9.09% p.a
Admin fee

$104

Calc fees on 50k

$479

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum15 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the YearMomentum FinalistNet Benefit Finalist Smooth Ride FinalistInfinity Recognised

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Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • The major Industry Super fund for people in the building and construction industry.
  • Established over 30 years ago, run to benefit members.
  • Offer advice services from single issue to referral for full financial plans.
  • Cbus directly invests in property through its wholly owned subsidiary, Cbus Property Pty Ltd.

Summary

Cbus Super was established in 1984 to service members employed within the building and construction industries, and now allows members from all industries to apply for membership. Cbus Super was the winner of the 2021 Career Fund of the Year award and was also nominated as a finalist for the 2021 MySuper of the Year, the 2021 Momentum, the 2021 Net Benefit and the 2021 Smooth Ride awards. The fund demonstrates a strong commitment to environmental and social principles and is Infinity Recognised.The fund offers an investment menu of 4 diversified portfolios, a cash option, as well as access to term deposits, ETFs and Direct Shares through Cbus Self Managed. The Growth (Cbus MySuper) option outperformed the relevant SuperRatings Index over each time period assessed to 30 June 2020.Fees are lower than the industry average across all account balances assessed. The fund does not charge a buy-sell spread or an investment switching fee.Cbus Super's insurance offering allows eligible members to apply for up to $5 million of Death cover and up to $2 million of TPD cover. Members can also apply to increase cover following the occurrence of a prescribed Life Event without additional underwriting. Income Protection of up to 85% of salary, following a 30 or 90 day waiting period is available for professional and non-manual occupational categories only.Cbus provides members with financial advice services and a comprehensive suite of educational tools. The Cbus mobile app also caters for construction workers, with access to contribution transactions, account details, as well as building site tickets, RDO schedule and weather details.

Features and Fees

Cbus Fees and Features

Features

Variety of options

Binding nominations

Account size discount

Online Access

Home loans

Financial planning service

Non-lapsing binding nominations

Employer size discount

Anti-detriment payments

Credit cards

Insurance Cover

Health insurance

Insurance life event increases

Total and permanent disability cover

Long term income protection

Fees

Admin fee

$104

Administration fee (%)

0.19%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

0.56%

Indirect cost ratio (%)

Exit fee

$0

Pros and Cons

  • The major Industry Super fund for people in the building and construction industry.
  • Established over 30 years ago, run to benefit members.
  • Offer advice services from single issue to referral for full financial plans.
  • Cbus directly invests in property through its wholly owned subsidiary, Cbus Property Pty Ltd.

Cbus Super was established in 1984 to service members employed within the building and construction industries, and now allows members from all industries to apply for membership. Cbus Super was the winner of the 2021 Career Fund of the Year award and was also nominated as a finalist for the 2021 MySuper of the Year, the 2021 Momentum, the 2021 Net Benefit and the 2021 Smooth Ride awards. The fund demonstrates a strong commitment to environmental and social principles and is Infinity Recognised.The fund offers an investment menu of 4 diversified portfolios, a cash option, as well as access to term deposits, ETFs and Direct Shares through Cbus Self Managed. The Growth (Cbus MySuper) option outperformed the relevant SuperRatings Index over each time period assessed to 30 June 2020.Fees are lower than the industry average across all account balances assessed. The fund does not charge a buy-sell spread or an investment switching fee.Cbus Super's insurance offering allows eligible members to apply for up to $5 million of Death cover and up to $2 million of TPD cover. Members can also apply to increase cover following the occurrence of a prescribed Life Event without additional underwriting. Income Protection of up to 85% of salary, following a 30 or 90 day waiting period is available for professional and non-manual occupational categories only.Cbus provides members with financial advice services and a comprehensive suite of educational tools. The Cbus mobile app also caters for construction workers, with access to contribution transactions, account details, as well as building site tickets, RDO schedule and weather details.

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Cbus Fees and Features

Features

Variety of options

Binding nominations

Account size discount

Online Access

Home loans

Financial planning service

Non-lapsing binding nominations

Employer size discount

Anti-detriment payments

Credit cards

Insurance Cover

Health insurance

Insurance life event increases

Total and permanent disability cover

Long term income protection

Fees

Admin fee

$104

Administration fee (%)

0.19%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

0.56%

Indirect cost ratio (%)

Exit fee

$0

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Past 5-year return
9.09% p.a
Admin fee

$104

Company
Cbus
Calc fees on 50k

$479

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MySuper Platinum7 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the YearMomentum FinalistNet Benefit Finalist Smooth Ride FinalistInfinity Recognised
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More details
Past 5-year return
9.09% p.a
Admin fee

$104

Company
Cbus
Calc fees on 50k

$479

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum15 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the YearMomentum FinalistNet Benefit Finalist Smooth Ride FinalistInfinity Recognised
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
9.09% p.a
Admin fee

$104

Company
Cbus
Calc fees on 50k

$479

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice PlatinumCareer Fund of the YearMomentum FinalistNet Benefit Finalist Smooth Ride FinalistInfinity Recognised
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
9.09% p.a
Admin fee

$104

Company
Cbus
Calc fees on 50k

$479

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum15 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the YearMomentum FinalistNet Benefit Finalist Smooth Ride FinalistInfinity Recognised
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
9.09% p.a
Admin fee

$104

Company
Cbus
Calc fees on 50k

$479

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum10 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the YearMomentum FinalistNet Benefit Finalist Smooth Ride FinalistInfinity Recognised
Go to site
More details

FAQs

What happens if my employer goes out of business while still owing me superannuation?

If your employer collapses, a trustee or administrator or liquidator will be appointed to manage the company. That trustee/administrator/liquidator will be required to pay your superannuation out of company funds.

If the company doesn’t have enough funds, in some cases company directors will be required to pay your superannuation. If the directors still don’t pay, the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) might take legal action on your behalf. However, ASIC might decline to take legal action or might be unsuccessful.

So there might be some circumstances when you don’t receive all the superannuation you’re owed.

How does superannuation work?

Superannuation is paid by employers to employees, at least once every three months. The ‘superannuation guarantee’ is currently 9.5 per cent – which means that your employer must pay you superannuation equivalent to 9.5 per cent of your salary. The guarantee is scheduled to rise to 10.0 per cent in 2021-22, 10.5 per cent in 2022-23, 11.0 per cent in 2023-24, 11.5 per cent in 2024-25 and 12.0 per cent in 2025-26.

Superannuation is generally taxed at 15 per cent. However, if you earn less than $37,000, you will be automatically reimbursed up to $500 of the tax you paid. Also, if your income plus concessional superannuation contributions exceed $250,000, you will also be charged Division 293 tax. This is an extra 15 per cent tax on your concessional contributions or the amount above $250,000 – whichever is lesser.

You can withdraw your superannuation when you meet the ‘conditions of release’. The conditions of release say you can claim your super when you reach:

  • Age 65
  • Your ‘preservation age’ and retire
  • Your preservation age and begin a ‘transition to retirement’ while still working

 

What is superannuation?

Superannuation is money set aside for your retirement. This money is automatically paid into your superannuation fund by your employer.

What is the difference between accumulation and defined benefit funds?

A majority of Australians are in accumulation funds. These funds grow according to the amount of money invested and the return on that money.

A minority of Australians are in defined benefit funds – many of which are now closed to new members. These funds give payouts according to specific rules, such as how long the worker has been with their employer and their final salary before they retired.

What are ethical investment superannuation funds?

Ethical investment funds limit themselves to making ‘ethical’ investments (which each fund defines according to its own principles). For example, ethical funds might avoid investing in companies or industries that are linked to human suffering or environmental damage.

Can I buy a house with my superannuation?

First home buyers are the only people who can use their superannuation to buy a property. The federal government has created the First Home Super Saver Scheme to help first home buyers save for a deposit. First home buyers can make voluntary contributions of up to $15,000 per year, and $30,000 in total, to their superannuation account. These contributions are taxed at 15 per cent, along with deemed earnings. Withdrawals are taxed at marginal tax rates minus a tax offset of 30 percentage points.

Voluntary contributions to the First Home Super Saver Scheme are not exempt from the $25,000 annual limit on concessional contributions. So if you pay $15,000 per year into the First Home Super Saver Scheme, you have to make sure that you don’t receive more than $10,000 in superannuation payments from your employer and any salary sacrificing.

How much extra superannuation can I add to my fund?

There is an annual limit of $25,000 for concessional contributions – that is, money paid by your employer and extra money you pay into your account through salary sacrificing. There is also a limit on non-concessional contributions. Australians aged between 65 and 74 have a limit of $100,000 per year. Australians aged under 65 have a limit of $300,000 every three years.

Am I entitled to superannuation if I'm a contractor?

As a contractor, you’re entitled to superannuation if:

  • The contract is mainly for your labour
  • You’re over 18 and earn more than $450 before tax in a calendar month
  • You’re under 18, you work more than 30 hours per week and you earn more than $450 before tax in a calendar month

Please note that you’re entitled to superannuation even if you have an Australian business number (ABN).

When did superannuation start?

Australia’s modern superannuation system – in which employers make compulsory contributions to their employees – started in 1992. However, before that, there were various restricted superannuation schemes applying to certain employees in certain industries. The very first superannuation scheme was introduced in the 19th century.

Do I have to pay myself superannuation if I'm self-employed?

No, self-employed workers don’t have to pay themselves superannuation. However, if you do pay yourself superannuation, you will probably be able to claim a tax deduction.

How do you find superannuation?

Lost superannuation refers to savings in an account that you’ve forgotten about. This can happen if you’ve opened several different accounts over the years while moving from job to job.

You can use your MyGov account to see details of all your superannuation accounts, including any you might have forgotten. Alternatively, you can fill in a ‘Searching for lost super’ form and send it to the Australian Taxation Office, which will then search on your behalf.

What superannuation details do I give to my employer?

When you start a job, your employer will give you what’s called a ‘superannuation standard choice form’. Here’s what you need to complete the form:

  • The name of your preferred superannuation fund
  • The fund’s address
  • The fund’s Australian business number (ABN)
  • The fund’s superannuation product identification number (SPIN)
  • The fund’s phone number
  • A letter from the fund trustee confirming that the fund is a complying fund; or written evidence from the fund stating it will accept contributions from your new employer; or details about how your employer can make contributions to the fund

You should also provide your tax file number – while it’s not a legal obligation, it will ensure your contributions will be taxed at the (lower) superannuation rate.

Can my employer use money from my superannuation account?

No, your employer can’t touch the money that is paid into your superannuation account.

Can I take money out of my superannuation fund?

Superannuation is designed to provide Australians with money in their retirement. The government has strict rules around when people can take that money out of their fund because it wants to prevent people eroding their savings before they reach retirement.

As a general rule, you can only take money out of your superannuation fund when you reach:

  • Age 65
  • Your ‘preservation age’ and retire
  • Your preservation age and begin a ‘transition to retirement’ while still working

That said, you can take money out of your superannuation fund early based on one of these seven special conditions:

  • Compassionate grounds
  • Severe financial hardship
  • Temporary incapacity
  • Permanent incapacity
  • Superannuation inheritance
  • Superannuation balance under $200
  • Temporary resident departing Australia

Is superannuation included in taxable income?

Superannuation is not included when calculating your income tax. So if you have a salary of $50,000, your assessable income would be $50,000, not $50,000 plus superannuation.

That said, superannuation itself is taxed. It is generally taxed at 15 per cent, although if you earn less than $37,000, you will be reimbursed up to $500 of the tax you paid.

How is superannuation regulated?

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) regulates ordinary superannuation accounts. Self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) are regulated by the Australian Taxation Office.

What is salary sacrificing?

A salary sacrifice is where your employer takes part of your pre-tax salary and pays it directly into your superannuation account. Salary sacrifices come out of your pre-tax income, whereas personal contributions come out of your after-tax income.

What are reportable employer superannuation contributions?

Reportable employer superannuation contributions are special contributions that an employer makes on top of the regular compulsory contributions. One example would be contributions made as part of a salary sacrifice arrangement.

How can I withdraw my superannuation?

There are three different ways you can withdraw your superannuation:

  • Lump sum
  • Account-based pension
  • Part lump sum and part account-based pension

Two rules apply if you choose to receive an account-based pension (also known as an income stream):

  • You must receive payments at least once per year
  • You must withdraw a minimum amount per year
    • Age 55-64 = 4%
    • Age 65-74 = 5%
    • Age 75-79 = 6%
    • Age 80-84 = 7%
    • Age 85-89 = 9%
    • Age 90-94 = 11%
    • Age 95+ = 14%

If you want to work out how long your account-based pension might last, click here to access ASIC’s account-based pension calculator.

How many superannuation funds are there?

There are more than 200 different superannuation funds.