Cbus

Cbus Personal Super

Past 5-year return
7.43%
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
7.43%
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. Cbus Personal Super was established for people not currently working or receiving employer payments.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 Personal 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. Income Protection is not available within the Cbus Personal Super product.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. Cbus Personal Super was established for people not currently working or receiving employer payments.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 Personal 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. Income Protection is not available within the Cbus Personal Super product.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
7.43%
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
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More details
Past 5-year return
7.43%
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
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
7.43%
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
7.43%
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
Past 5-year return
7.43%
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

FAQs

How much is superannuation?

Superannuation 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 ‘superannuation guarantee’, as it is known, has been at 9.5 per cent since the 2014-15 financial year. It 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.

What is a superannuation fund?

A superannuation fund is an institution that is legally allowed to hold and invest your superannuation. There are more than 200 different superannuation funds in Australia. They come in five different types:

  • Retail funds
  • Industry funds
  • Public sector funds
  • Corporate funds
  • Self-managed super funds

Retail funds are usually run by banks or investment companies.

Industry funds were originally designed for workers from a particular industry, but are now open to anyone.

Public sector funds were originally designed for people working for federal or state government departments. Most are still reserved for government employees.

Corporate funds are arranged by employers for their employees.

Self-managed super funds are private superannuation funds that allow people to directly invest their money.

How do you get superannuation?

You’re automatically entitled to superannuation if:

  • 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

What are government co-contributions?

A government co-contribution is a bonus payment from the federal government into your superannuation account – but it comes with conditions. First, the government will only make a co-contribution if you make a personal contribution. Second, the government will only contribute a maximum of $500. Third, the government will only make co-contributions for people on low and medium incomes. The Australian Taxation Office will calculation whether you’re entitled to a government co-contribution when you lodge your tax return. The size of any co-contribution depends on the size of your personal contribution and income.

What are the age pension's age rules?

Australians must be aged at least 65 years and 6 months to access the age pension. This eligibility age is scheduled to increase according to the following schedule:

Date Eligibility age
1 July 2019 66 years
1 July 2021 66 years and 6 months
1 July 2023 67 years

Can I carry on a business in an SMSF?

SMSFs are allowed to carry on a business under two conditions.

First, this must be permitted under the trust deed.

Second, the sole purpose of the business must be to earn retirement benefits.

What is superannuation?

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

How much superannuation do I need?

According to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), here is how much you would be able to spend per week during retirement:

Lifestyle Singles Couples
Modest $465 $668
Comfortable $837 $1,150

Here is the superannuation balance you would need to fund that level of spending:

Lifestyle Singles Couples
Modest $50,000 $35,000
Comfortable $545,000 $640,000

These figures come from the March 2017 edition of the ASFA Retirement Standard.

The reason people on modest lifestyles need so much less money is because they qualify for a far bigger age pension.

Here is how ASFA defines retirement lifestyles:

Category Comfortable Modest Age pension
Holidays One annual holiday in Australia One or two short breaks in Australia near where you live Shorter breaks or day trips in your own city
Eating out Regularly eat out at restaurants. Good range and quality of food Infrequently eat out at restaurants. Cheaper and less food Only club special meals or inexpensive takeaway
Car Owning a reasonable car Owning an older, less reliable car No car – or, if you do, a struggle to afford the upkeep
Alcohol Bottled wine Casked wine Homebrew beer or no alcohol
Clothing Good clothes Reasonable clothes Basic clothes
Hair Regular haircuts at a good hairdresser Regular haircuts at a basic salon Less frequent haircuts or getting a friend to do it
Leisure A range of regular leisure activities One paid leisure activity, infrequently Free or low-cost leisure activities
Electronics A range of electronic equipment Not much scope to run an air conditioner Less heating in winter
Maintenance Replace kitchen and bathroom over 20 years No budget for home improvements. Can do repairs, but can’t replace kitchen or bathroom No budget to fix home problems like a leaky roof
Insurance Private health insurance Private health insurance No private health insurance

What is the age pension's assets test?

The value of your assets affects whether you can qualify for the age pension – and, if so, how much.

The following assets are exempt from the assets test:

  • your principal home and up to two hectares of used land on the same title
  • all Australian superannuation investments from which a pension is not being paid – this exemption is valid until you reach age pension age
  • any property or money left to you in an estate, which you can’t get for up to 12 months
  • a cemetery plot and a prepaid funeral, or up to two funeral bonds, that cost no more than the allowable limit
  • aids for people with disability
  • money from the National Disability Insurance Scheme for people with disability
  • principal home sale proceeds you’ll use to buy another home within 12 months
  • accommodation bonds paid on entry to residential aged care
  • any interest not created by you or your partner
  • a Special Disability Trust if it meets certain requirements
  • your principal home, if you vacate it for up to 12 months
  • granny flat rights where you pay more than the extra allowable amount

For full pensions, reductions apply when your assessable assets exceed these thresholds:

Category

Home owners

Non-home owners

Singles

$253,750

$456,750

Couples living together

$380,500

$583,500

Couples living apart due to ill health

$380,500

$583,500

Couples with only one partner eligible

$380,500

$583,500

For part pensions, reductions apply when your assessable assets exceed these thresholds:

Category

Home owners

Non-home owners

Singles

$550,000

$753,000

Couples living together

$827,000

$1,030,000

Couples living apart due to ill health

$973,000

$1,176,000

Couples with only one partner eligible

$827,000

$1,030,000

For transitional rate pensions, reductions apply when your assessable assets exceed these thresholds:

Category

Home owners

Non-home owners

Singles

$503,250

$706,250

Couples living together

$783,000

$986,000

Couples living apart due to ill health

$879,500

$1,082,500

Couples with only one partner eligible

$783,000

$986,000

Who can open a superannuation account?

Superannuation accounts can be opened by Australians, permanent residents and temporary residents. You’re automatically entitled to superannuation if:

  • 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

How does the age pension work?

Most Australians who are of retirement age can qualify for the age pension. However, depending on the size of your assets and post-retirement income, you might be entitled to only a reduced pension. In some instances, you might not be entitled to any pension payments.

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.

Is superannuation paid on overtime?

As the Australian Taxation Office explains, there are times when superannuation is paid on overtime and times when it isn’t.

Here is the ATO’s summary:

Payment type Is superannuation paid?
Overtime hours – award stipulates ordinary hours to be worked and employee works additional hours for which they are paid overtime rates No
Overtime hours – agreement prevails over award No
Agreement supplanting award removes distinction between ordinary hours and other hours Yes – all hours worked
No ordinary hours of work stipulated Yes – all hours worked
Casual employee: shift loadings Yes
Casual employee: overtime payments No
Casual employee whose hours are paid at overtime rates due to a ‘bandwidth’ clause No
Piece-rates – no ordinary hours of work stipulated Yes
Overtime component of earnings based on hourly-driving-rate method stipulated in award No

What is MySuper?

MySuper accounts are basic, low-fee accounts. If you don’t nominate a superannuation fund, your employer must choose one for you that offers a MySuper account.

MySuper accounts offer two investment options:

  1. Single diversified investment strategy

Your fund assigns you a risk strategy and investment profile, which remain unchanged throughout your working life.

  1. Lifecycle investment strategy

Your fund assigns you an investment strategy based on your age, and then changes it as you get older. Younger workers are given strategies that emphasise growth assets

How do you pay superannuation?

Superannuation is paid by employers to employees. Employers are required to pay superannuation to all their staff if the staff are:

  • Over 18 and earn more than $450 before tax in a calendar month
  • Under 18, work more than 30 hours per week and earn more than $450 before tax in a calendar month

This applies even if the staff are casual employees, part-time employees, contractors (provided the contract is mainly for their labour) or temporary residents.

Currently, the superannuation rate is currently 9.5 per cent of an employee’s ordinary time earnings. This 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.

Employers must pay superannuation at least four times per year. The due dates are 28 January, 28 April, 28 July and 28 October.

What are reportable superannuation contributions?

For employees, there are two types of reportable superannuation contributions:

  • Reportable employer super contributions your employer makes for you
  • Personal deductible contributions you make for yourself

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.

What happens if my employer falls behind on my superannuation payments?

The Australian Taxation Office will investigate if your employer falls behind on your superannuation payments or doesn’t pay at all. You can report your employer with this online tool.

Am I entitled to superannuation if I'm a part-time employee?

As a part-time employee, you’re entitled to superannuation if:

  • 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

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.