HESTA Superannuation Fund

HESTA - Personal Super Plan

Past 5-year return
6.58%
Admin fee

$65

Calc fees on 50k

$515

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum15 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the Year FinalistMomentum FinalistNet BenefitInfinity Recognised
Past 5-year return
6.58%
Admin fee

$65

Calc fees on 50k

$515

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum15 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the Year FinalistMomentum FinalistNet BenefitInfinity Recognised

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Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Low weekly administration fee and no entry, exit or switching fees.
  • Provision of free limited personal financial advice to members using fund resources (rather than a third party).
  • Strong long-term returns.
  • No commission to agents.
  • Ability to transfer to HESTA Income Stream.
  • Free insurance cover for up to 12 months when a member is on parental leave (subject to conditions).
  • Portability - more employer sponsors than any other fund in our market.

Summary

Joint winner of the 2021 Net Benefit Award, HESTA was established in 1987 to provide for the retirement needs of members employed within the Health and Community Services. The fund is a public offer fund and allows members from all industries to apply for membership. The fund was nominated as a finalist for the 2021 Momentum, the 2021 MySuper of the Year and the 2021 Career Fund of the Year awards and is also Infinity Recognised, which is a result of its strong commitment to environmental and social principles.HESTA offers an investment menu of 5 Diversified options and 5 Single Sector options. The default Balanced Growth 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 switching fee or a buy-sell spread.HESTA's insurance offering provides eligible members with automatic Standard Insurance Cover, including 2 units of Death cover and 2 units of Income Protection cover (IP). Members may apply for up to $5m of Death cover and up to $3m of TPD cover. Standard IP covers up to 85% of salary until age 67 with a 90-day waiting period; however, benefit periods of 2 years or to age 60 are available, as well as 30- and 60-day waiting periods. A great range of additional benefits are provided to members including free scaled advice and low-cost banking services through ME.

Features and Fees

HESTA 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

$65

Administration fee (%)

0.08%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

0.73%

Indirect cost ratio (%)

0.09%

Exit fee

$0

Pros and Cons

  • Low weekly administration fee and no entry, exit or switching fees.
  • Provision of free limited personal financial advice to members using fund resources (rather than a third party).
  • Strong long-term returns.
  • No commission to agents.
  • Ability to transfer to HESTA Income Stream.
  • Free insurance cover for up to 12 months when a member is on parental leave (subject to conditions).
  • Portability - more employer sponsors than any other fund in our market.

Joint winner of the 2021 Net Benefit Award, HESTA was established in 1987 to provide for the retirement needs of members employed within the Health and Community Services. The fund is a public offer fund and allows members from all industries to apply for membership. The fund was nominated as a finalist for the 2021 Momentum, the 2021 MySuper of the Year and the 2021 Career Fund of the Year awards and is also Infinity Recognised, which is a result of its strong commitment to environmental and social principles.HESTA offers an investment menu of 5 Diversified options and 5 Single Sector options. The default Balanced Growth 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 switching fee or a buy-sell spread.HESTA's insurance offering provides eligible members with automatic Standard Insurance Cover, including 2 units of Death cover and 2 units of Income Protection cover (IP). Members may apply for up to $5m of Death cover and up to $3m of TPD cover. Standard IP covers up to 85% of salary until age 67 with a 90-day waiting period; however, benefit periods of 2 years or to age 60 are available, as well as 30- and 60-day waiting periods. A great range of additional benefits are provided to members including free scaled advice and low-cost banking services through ME.

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HESTA 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

$65

Administration fee (%)

0.08%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

0.73%

Indirect cost ratio (%)

0.09%

Exit fee

$0
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Past 5-year return
6.58%
Admin fee

$65

Company
HESTA Superannuation Fund
Calc fees on 50k

$515

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MySuper Platinum7 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the Year FinalistMomentum FinalistNet BenefitInfinity RecognisedMySuper of the Year Finalist
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More details
Past 5-year return
6.58%
Admin fee

$65

Company
HESTA Superannuation Fund
Calc fees on 50k

$515

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum15 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the Year FinalistMomentum FinalistNet BenefitInfinity Recognised
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
6.58%
Admin fee

$65

Company
HESTA Superannuation Fund
Calc fees on 50k

$515

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum15 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the Year FinalistMomentum FinalistNet BenefitInfinity Recognised
Go to site
More details

FAQs

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.

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.

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

What is the age pension's income test?

These are the rules for most people who want to claim the standard pension:

Single people

  • If your income per fortnight is up to $168, you’re entitled to a full pension
  • If your income per fortnight is over $168, your pension will reduce by 50 cents for each dollar over $168

Couples

  • If your income per fortnight is up to $300, you’re entitled to a full pension
  • If your income per fortnight is over $300, your pension will reduce by 50 cents for each dollar over $300

These are the rules for most people who want to claim the transitional pension:

Single people

  • If your income per fortnight is up to $168, you’re entitled to a full pension
  • If your income per fortnight is over $168, your pension will reduce by 40 cents for each dollar over $168

Couples

  • If your income per fortnight is up to $300, you’re entitled to a full pension
  • If your income per fortnight is over $300, your pension will reduce by 40 cents for each dollar over $300

For most people, the age pension cuts off if your fortnightly income exceeds these thresholds:

Category Fortnightly income
Standard pension for singles $1,944.60
Standard pension for couples living together $2,978.40
Standard pension for couples living apart due to ill health $3,853.20
Transitional pension for singles $2,038.00
Transitional pension for couples living together $3,317.00
Transitional pension for couples living apart due to ill health $4,040.00

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 will the superannuation fund do with my money?

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

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

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

Can I choose a superannuation fund or does my employer choose one for me?

Most people can choose their own superannuation fund. However, you might not have this option if you are a member of certain defined benefit funds or covered by certain industrial agreements. If you don’t choose a superannuation fund, your employer will choose one for you.

How does superannuation affect the age pension?

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.

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 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.

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

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 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 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.

When did superannuation start in Australia?

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.

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.

How do you find lost superannuation funds?

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.