Equip Super

Equip - MyFuture

Past 5-year return
8.03%
Admin fee

$52

Calc fees on 50k

$482

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum15 Year Platinum PerformanceMomentum Finalist
Past 5-year return
8.03%
Admin fee

$52

Calc fees on 50k

$482

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum15 Year Platinum PerformanceMomentum Finalist

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Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Comprehensive but simple investment menu with strong, consistent investment performance over the long term.
  • Flexible insurance offering that meets member's changing needs over their lifetime.
  • A range of financial planning options.
  • Enhanced website promotes online engagement and provides thorough educational material, including a new online digital channel with up-to-date superannuation news and articles.

Summary

Equip is an industry fund founded in 1931 as the Provident Fund of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria with membership now open to the general public. In 2019, Equip partnered with Catholic Super in a joint venture under a shared trustee. The fund was nominated as a finalist for the 2021 Momentum award.The investment menu consists of 6 Diversified and 6 Single Sector options, including the Sustainable Responsible Investments option for the ethical investor. The Balanced Growth option outperformed the SuperRatings Index over each time period assessed to 30 June 2020. Fees are competitive and lower than the industry average across all account balances assessed, and the asset-based administration fee is capped at $1,250 pa. Members can switch investment options at no cost.A full suite of insurance cover is offered, with salary-based or age-based Smart Cover, including Death and Total & Permanent Disablement (TPD) cover, automatically provided to eligible member upon joining the fund depending on employment status. Members can apply to increase their Death and TPD cover following the occurrence of a prescribed Life Event without additional underwriting. Income Protection (IP) is available covering up to 85% of salary with a 2-year benefit period following a 30, 60- or 90-day waiting period. Equip members can take advantage of free retirement seminars, as well as comprehensive financial planning services. The fund also offers a range of online tools, calculators, factsheets and educational videos. The fund's website further allows members to view and update account details, as well as perform transactions.

Features and Fees

Equip Super 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

$52

Administration fee (%)

0.25%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

0.32%

Indirect cost ratio (%)

0.29%

Exit fee

$0

Pros and Cons

  • Comprehensive but simple investment menu with strong, consistent investment performance over the long term.
  • Flexible insurance offering that meets member's changing needs over their lifetime.
  • A range of financial planning options.
  • Enhanced website promotes online engagement and provides thorough educational material, including a new online digital channel with up-to-date superannuation news and articles.

Equip is an industry fund founded in 1931 as the Provident Fund of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria with membership now open to the general public. In 2019, Equip partnered with Catholic Super in a joint venture under a shared trustee. The fund was nominated as a finalist for the 2021 Momentum award.The investment menu consists of 6 Diversified and 6 Single Sector options, including the Sustainable Responsible Investments option for the ethical investor. The Balanced Growth option outperformed the SuperRatings Index over each time period assessed to 30 June 2020. Fees are competitive and lower than the industry average across all account balances assessed, and the asset-based administration fee is capped at $1,250 pa. Members can switch investment options at no cost.A full suite of insurance cover is offered, with salary-based or age-based Smart Cover, including Death and Total & Permanent Disablement (TPD) cover, automatically provided to eligible member upon joining the fund depending on employment status. Members can apply to increase their Death and TPD cover following the occurrence of a prescribed Life Event without additional underwriting. Income Protection (IP) is available covering up to 85% of salary with a 2-year benefit period following a 30, 60- or 90-day waiting period. Equip members can take advantage of free retirement seminars, as well as comprehensive financial planning services. The fund also offers a range of online tools, calculators, factsheets and educational videos. The fund's website further allows members to view and update account details, as well as perform transactions.

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Equip Super 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

$52

Administration fee (%)

0.25%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

0.32%

Indirect cost ratio (%)

0.29%

Exit fee

$0
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Past 5-year return
8.03%
Admin fee

$52

Company
Equip Super
Calc fees on 50k

$482

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum15 Year Platinum PerformanceMomentum Finalist
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Past 5-year return
7.66%
Admin fee

$52

Company
Equip Super
Calc fees on 50k

$482

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MySuper Platinum7 Year Platinum PerformanceMomentum FinalistMySuper of the Year Finalist
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FAQs

What should I know before getting an SMSF?

Four questions to ask yourself before taking out an SMSF include:

  1. Do I have enough superannuation to justify the higher set-up and running costs?
  2. Am I able to handle complicated compliance obligations?
  3. Am I willing to spend lots of time researching investment options?
  4. Do I have the skill to make big financial decisions?

It’s also worth remembering that ordinary superannuation funds usually offer discounted life insurance and disability insurance. These discounts would no longer be available if you decided to manage your own super.

Can I transfer money from overseas into my superannuation account?

Yes, you can transfer money from overseas into your superannuation account – under certain conditions. First, you must provide your tax file number to your fund. Second, if you are aged between 65 and 74, you must have worked at least 40 hours within 30 consecutive days in a financial year. (Australians under 65 aren’t subject to a work test; Australians aged 75 and over cannot receive contributions to their superannuation account.)

Money transferred from overseas will generally count to both your concessional contributions limit and your non-concessional contributions limit. You will have to pay income tax on the applicable fund earnings component of any money transferred from overseas. You might also be liable for excess contributions tax.

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.

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

What is the superannuation rate?

The superannuation rate, or guarantee rate, is the percentage of your salary that your employer must pay into your superannuation fund. The superannuation guarantee has been set 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.

Can my employer use money from my superannuation account?

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

What contributions can SMSFs accept?

SMSFs can accept mandated employer contributions from an employer at any time (Funds need an electronic service address to receive the contributions).

However, SMSFs can’t accept contributions from members who don’t have tax file numbers.

Also, they generally can’t accept assets as contributions from members and they generally can’t accept non-mandated contributions for members who are 75 or older.

How do you claim superannuation?

There are three different ways you can claim 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, or 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.

Is superannuation paid on unused annual leave?

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

What are my superannuation obligations if I'm an employer?

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.

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 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.

Is superannuation compulsory?

Superannuation is compulsory. Generally speaking, it can’t be touched until you’re at least 55 years old.

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.

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 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 do you create a superannuation account?

Before you create a superannuation account, you’ll need to check if you’re allowed to choose your own fund. Most Australians can, but this option doesn’t apply to some workers who are covered by industrial agreements or who are members of defined benefits funds.

Assuming you are able to choose your own fund, the next step should be research, because there are more than 200 different superannuation funds in Australia.

Once you’ve decided on your preferred superannuation fund, head to that provider’s website, where you should be able to fill in an online application or download the appropriate forms. You’ll need your tax file number (assuming you don’t want to be charged a higher tax rate), your contact details and your employer’s details (if you’re employed).

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 I set up an SMSF?

Setting up an SMSF takes more work than registering with an ordinary superannuation fund. 

An SMSF is a type of trust, so if you want to create an SMSF, you first have to create a trust.

To create a trust, you will need trustees, who must sign a trustee declaration. You will also need identifiable beneficiaries and assets for the fund – although these can be as little as a few dollars.

You will also need to create a trust deed, which is a document that lays out the rules of your SMSF. The trust deed must be prepared by a qualified professional and signed by all trustees.

To qualify as an Australian superannuation fund, the SMSF must meet these three criteria:

  • The fund must be established in Australia – or at least one of its assets must be located in Australia
  • The central management and control of the fund must ordinarily be in Australia
  • The fund must have active members who are Australian residents and who hold at least 50 per cent of the fund’s assets – or it must have no active members

Once your SMSF is established and all trustees have signed a trustee declaration, you have 60 days to apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN).

When completing the ABN application, you should ask for a tax file number for your fund. You should also ask for the fund to be regulated by the Australian Taxation Office – otherwise it won’t receive tax concessions.

Your next step is to open a bank account in your fund’s name. This account must be kept separated from the accounts held by the trustees and any related employers.

Your SMSF will also need an electronic service address, so it can receive contributions.

Finally, you will need to create an investment strategy, which explains how your fund will invest its money, and an exit strategy, which explains how and why it would ever close.

Please note that you can pay an adviser to set up your SMSF. You might also want to take the Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Trustee Education Program, which is a free program that has been created by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

Am I entitled to superannuation if I'm not an Australian citizen?

Yes, permanent and temporary residents are entitled to superannuation.