Legalsuper

legalsuper Personal

Past 5-year return
7.84% p.a
Admin fee

$68

Calc fees on 50k

$623

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum
Past 5-year return
7.84% p.a
Admin fee

$68

Calc fees on 50k

$623

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum

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Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Dominant fund for national legal profession (1/3 of national profession are members)
  • Online account management
  • Field team to service member and employer base
  • Ancillary benefits (8% NIB health insurance discount, Members Equity, Link Advice)

Summary

Established in 1989 to provide superannuation services to legal professionals, legalsuper is now a public offer industry fund dedicated to serving the legal community. The Personal Division caters specifically to individuals, self-employed or spouse members wishing to contribute directly to the fund. Members have access to an investment menu of 11 Diversified and Single sector options, including a Socially Responsible option, as well as a Direct Investment Option providing access to Direct Shares listed on the S&P/ASX 300, a range of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), Listed Investment Companies (LICs) and Term Deposits. The Balanced option outperformed the relevant SuperRatings Index over the 1, 5- and 7-year periods to 30 June 2020; however, underperformed over other assessed time periods.Fees are lower than the industry average on the assessed account balance of $50,000, with the administration fee capped for account balances over $450,000. The fund does not charge a switching fee, although buy-sell spreads may apply. A full suite of insurance cover is offered, with Death and Total & Permanent Disablement (TPD) insurance cover of $250,000 automatically provided to eligible members upon joining the fund. Members can apply for unlimited Death cover and up to $3 million of TPD cover. Income Protection (IP) is available up to 85% of salary and with a choice of 30, 60- or 90-day waiting periods and benefit payment periods of 2 years, to age 60 or to age 65. legalsuper provides members with access to workplace seminars and personalised services from Client Service Managers. Additional benefits available include access to advice services, high quality educational material, interactive tools and calculators, as well as the ability to view account details and perform transactions online.

Features and Fees

Legalsuper 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

$68

Administration fee (%)

0.29%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

0.62%

Indirect cost ratio (%)

0.2%

Exit fee

$0

Pros and Cons

  • Dominant fund for national legal profession (1/3 of national profession are members)
  • Online account management
  • Field team to service member and employer base
  • Ancillary benefits (8% NIB health insurance discount, Members Equity, Link Advice)

Established in 1989 to provide superannuation services to legal professionals, legalsuper is now a public offer industry fund dedicated to serving the legal community. The Personal Division caters specifically to individuals, self-employed or spouse members wishing to contribute directly to the fund. Members have access to an investment menu of 11 Diversified and Single sector options, including a Socially Responsible option, as well as a Direct Investment Option providing access to Direct Shares listed on the S&P/ASX 300, a range of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), Listed Investment Companies (LICs) and Term Deposits. The Balanced option outperformed the relevant SuperRatings Index over the 1, 5- and 7-year periods to 30 June 2020; however, underperformed over other assessed time periods.Fees are lower than the industry average on the assessed account balance of $50,000, with the administration fee capped for account balances over $450,000. The fund does not charge a switching fee, although buy-sell spreads may apply. A full suite of insurance cover is offered, with Death and Total & Permanent Disablement (TPD) insurance cover of $250,000 automatically provided to eligible members upon joining the fund. Members can apply for unlimited Death cover and up to $3 million of TPD cover. Income Protection (IP) is available up to 85% of salary and with a choice of 30, 60- or 90-day waiting periods and benefit payment periods of 2 years, to age 60 or to age 65. legalsuper provides members with access to workplace seminars and personalised services from Client Service Managers. Additional benefits available include access to advice services, high quality educational material, interactive tools and calculators, as well as the ability to view account details and perform transactions online.

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Legalsuper 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

$68

Administration fee (%)

0.29%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

0.62%

Indirect cost ratio (%)

0.2%

Exit fee

$0

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Product
Past 5-year return
7.85% p.a
Admin fee

$68

Company
Legalsuper
Calc fees on 50k

$623

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum
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More details
Past 5-year return
7.85% p.a
Admin fee

$68

Company
Legalsuper
Calc fees on 50k

$623

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MySuper Platinum
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
7.84% p.a
Admin fee

$68

Company
Legalsuper
Calc fees on 50k

$623

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum
Go to site
More details

FAQs

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.

What is lost 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.

What happens to my insurance cover if I change superannuation funds?

Some superannuation funds will allow you to transfer your insurance cover, without interruption, if you switch. However, others won’t. So it’s important you check before changing funds.

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.

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 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

When can I access my superannuation?

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

The preservation age – which is different to the pension age – is based on date of birth. Here are the six different categories:

Date of birth Preservation age
Before 1 July 1960 55
1 July 1960 – 30 June 1961 56
1 July 1961 – 30 June 1962 57
1 July 1962 – 30 June 1963 58
1 July 1963 – 30 June 1964 59
From 1 July 1964 60

A transition to retirement allows you to continue working while accessing up to 10 per cent of the money in your superannuation account at the start of each financial year.

There are also seven special circumstances under which you can claim your superannuation:

  • 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 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.

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

How do you access superannuation?

Accessing your superannuation is a simple administrative procedure – you just ask your fund to pay it. You can access your superannuation in three different ways:

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

However, please note that your superannuation fund will only be able to make a payout if 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

The preservation age has six different categories:

Date of birth Preservation age
Before 1 July 1960 55
1 July 1960 – 30 June 1961 56
1 July 1961 – 30 June 1962 57
1 July 1962 – 30 June 1963 58
1 July 1963 – 30 June 1964 59
From 1 July 1964 60

There are also seven special circumstances under which you can claim your superannuation:

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

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

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.

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 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 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.

How do I change my superannuation fund?

Changing superannuation funds is a common and straightforward process. You can do it through your MyGov account or by filling out a rollover form and sending it to your new fund. You’ll also have to provide proof of identity.

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 do you open a superannuation account?

Opening a superannuation account is simple. 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 might want to provide your tax file number as well – while it’s not a legal obligation, it will ensure your contributions will be taxed at the (lower) superannuation rate.

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.