Cbus

Cbus Sole Trader

Past 5-year return
7.43%
Admin fee

$104

Calc fees on 50k

$479

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum10 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 Platinum10 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 Sole Trader was established for sole traders who are making their own super contributions to Cbus. Cbus Sole Trader 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 feeCbus Sole Trader'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 covering up to 85% of salary with a 2 year or 5 year benefit period following a 30 or 90 day waiting period is available. 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 Sole Trader was established for sole traders who are making their own super contributions to Cbus. Cbus Sole Trader 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 feeCbus Sole Trader'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 covering up to 85% of salary with a 2 year or 5 year benefit period following a 30 or 90 day waiting period is available. 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
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
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 PlatinumCareer 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 Platinum15 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the YearMomentum FinalistNet Benefit Finalist Smooth Ride FinalistInfinity Recognised
Go to site
More details

FAQs

Is superannuation paid on unused annual leave?

If your employment is terminated, superannuation will not be paid on unused annual leave.

What fees do superannuation funds charge?

Superannuation funds can charge a range of fees, including:

  • Activity-based fees – for specific, irregular services, such as splitting an account after a divorce
  • Administration fees – to cover the cost of managing your account
  • Advice fees – for personal investment advice
  • Buy/sell spread fees – when you make contributions, switches and withdrawals
  • Exit fees – when you close your account
  • Investment fees – to cover the cost of managing your investments
  • Switching fees – when you choose a new investment option within the same fund

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.

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

 

When is superannuation payable?

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 concessional contributions?

Concessional contributions are pre-tax payments into your superannuation account. The payments made by your employer are concessional payments. You can also make concessional contributions with a salary sacrifice.

How do you calculate superannuation from a total package?

Superannuation is calculated at the rate of 9.5 per cent of your ‘ordinary-time earnings’. (For most people, ordinary-time earnings are their gross annual salary or wages.) So if you had a salary of $50,000, your superannuation would be 9.5 per cent of that, or $4,750. This would be paid on top of your salary.

As the Australian Taxation Office explains, some items are excluded from ordinary-time earnings. They include:

  • Overtime work paid at overtime rates
  • Expense allowances that are fully expended
  • Expenses that are reimbursed
  • Unfair dismissal payments
  • Workers’ compensation payments
  • Parental leave
  • Jury duty
  • Defence reserve service
  • Unused annual leave when employment is terminated
  • Unused long service leave when employment is terminated
  • Unused sick leave when employment is terminated

Although the superannuation guarantee is currently at 9.5 per cent, 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 are the age pension's residence rules?

On the day you claim the age pension, you must be in Australia and you must have been an Australian resident for at least 10 years (with no break in your stay for at least five of those years). The following exceptions apply:

  • You’re exempt from the 10-year rule if you’re a refugee or former refugee
  • You’re exempt from the 10-year rule if you’re getting Partner Allowance, Widow Allowance or Widow B pension
  • You can claim the age pension with only two years of residency if you’re a woman whose partner died while you were both Australian residents
  • You might be able to claim the age pension if you’ve lived or worked in a country that has a social security agreement with Australia

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.

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

How can I keep track of my superannuation?

Most funds will allow you to access your superannuation account online. Another option is to manage your superannuation through myGov, which is a government portal through which you can access a range of services, including Medicare, Centrelink, aged care and child support.

What compliance obligations does an SMSF have?

SMSFs must maintain comprehensive records and submit to annual audits.

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

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 will the superannuation fund do with my money?

Your money will be invested in an investment option of your choosing.

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.

Am I entitled to superannuation if I'm a casual employee?

As a casual 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

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 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.

How much money do you get on the age pension?

Pension payments can be reduced due to the income test and asset test (see ‘What is the age pension’s income test?’ and ‘What is the age pension’s assets test?’).

Here are the maximum fortnightly payments:

Category

Single

Couple each

Couple combined

Couple apart due to ill health

Maximum basic rate

$808.30

$609.30

$1,218.60

$808.30

Maximum pension supplement

$65.90

$49.70

$99.40

$65.90

Energy supplement

$14.10

$10.60

$21.20

$14.10

TOTAL

$888.30

$669.60

$1,339.20

$888.30