Local Government Super

Local Government Super MySuper Age Based Investment Strategy

No. of members: 86308
Fund size: $11.3b
Public offer:
Product type: Industry-MySuper
Target market: NSW Local Government
Year started: 2013
Past 5-year return
5.83%
Admin fee

$71

Calc fees on 50k

$631

SuperRatings awards
MySuper GoldInfinity Recognised
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6.54%

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$465

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Death insurance
Income protection
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Term deposits
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Past 5-year return
5.83%
Admin fee

$71

Calc fees on 50k

$631

SuperRatings awards
MySuper GoldInfinity Recognised

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Strong commitment to sustainable investing
  • Insurance offering with competitive rates for automatic insurance
  • Member benefit program provides discounts for travel accommodation, phone and rental cars
  • Full public offer license via Division P which allows members of the public to join, provided that they are eligible to join a superannuation fund in Australia

Summary

Originally established to provide retirement benefits to employees of NSW Local Governments in 1997, Local Government Super (LGS) is now a public offer industry fund. LGS is Infinity Recognised, which is a result of its strong commitment to environmental and social principles.Based on the existing diversified investment options offered in the Accumulation Scheme, the fund's MySuper Age Based Investment Strategy automatically moves members between these options, as they reach specified ages. The Balanced Growth option outperformed the SuperRatings Index over the 5 years to 30 June 2019. Choice members have access to an additional 5 Diversified and Single Sector options. Fees are lower than the industry average across all assessed account balances, although the fund charges an investment switching fee when members change investment options. LGS provides members with a full suite of insurance cover, including Death Only, Death & TPD and Income Protection (IP) cover, with Basic Death and/or TPD cover automatically provided to eligible members. Members can also apply for an unlimited amount of Death Only cover and up to $3 million of Death & TPD insurance. IP is available over a 2 year or to age 65 benefit period with a choice of 30, 60 or 90 day waiting periods, covering up to 85% of salary or a maximum monthly benefit payment of $25,000.Additional benefits available include access to financial advice services, seminars, educational material, interactive tools and calculators, as well as the ability to view account details and perform transactions online through LGS Member Online.

Features and Fees

LGS 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

$71

Administration fee (%)
0.26%
Switching fee
$27
Investment fee
0.29%
Indirect cost ratio (%)
0.57%
Exit fee
$0

Pros and Cons

  • Strong commitment to sustainable investing
  • Insurance offering with competitive rates for automatic insurance
  • Member benefit program provides discounts for travel accommodation, phone and rental cars
  • Full public offer license via Division P which allows members of the public to join, provided that they are eligible to join a superannuation fund in Australia

Originally established to provide retirement benefits to employees of NSW Local Governments in 1997, Local Government Super (LGS) is now a public offer industry fund. LGS is Infinity Recognised, which is a result of its strong commitment to environmental and social principles.Based on the existing diversified investment options offered in the Accumulation Scheme, the fund's MySuper Age Based Investment Strategy automatically moves members between these options, as they reach specified ages. The Balanced Growth option outperformed the SuperRatings Index over the 5 years to 30 June 2019. Choice members have access to an additional 5 Diversified and Single Sector options. Fees are lower than the industry average across all assessed account balances, although the fund charges an investment switching fee when members change investment options. LGS provides members with a full suite of insurance cover, including Death Only, Death & TPD and Income Protection (IP) cover, with Basic Death and/or TPD cover automatically provided to eligible members. Members can also apply for an unlimited amount of Death Only cover and up to $3 million of Death & TPD insurance. IP is available over a 2 year or to age 65 benefit period with a choice of 30, 60 or 90 day waiting periods, covering up to 85% of salary or a maximum monthly benefit payment of $25,000.Additional benefits available include access to financial advice services, seminars, educational material, interactive tools and calculators, as well as the ability to view account details and perform transactions online through LGS Member Online.

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LGS 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

$71

Administration fee (%)
0.26%
Switching fee
$27
Investment fee
0.29%
Indirect cost ratio (%)
0.57%
Exit fee
$0
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5.83%

$71

Local Government Super

$631

Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
MyChoice GoldInfinity Recognised
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5.83%

$71

Local Government Super

$631

Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
MySuper GoldInfinity Recognised
More details
5.83%

$71

Local Government Super

$631

Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
MyChoice GoldInfinity Recognised
More details

FAQs

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 age can I withdraw my superannuation?

You can withdraw your superannuation (or at least some of it) when you reach ‘preservation age’. The preservation 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

When you reach preservation age, you can withdraw all your superannuation if you’re retired. If you’re still working, you can begin a ‘transition to retirement’, which allows you to withdraw 10 per cent of their superannuation each financial year.

You can also withdraw all your superannuation once you reach 65 years.

What is an SMSF investment strategy?

All SMSFs are required to have an investment strategy, which should explain what assets the fund will buy and what objectives it will pursue. This strategy must be reviewed regularly.

Issues to consider include how much risk the SMSF will take, how easily its assets can be converted into cash and how it will pay out benefits.

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

What is superannuation?

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

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.

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.

How much superannuation should I have at age 40?

The amount of superannuation you should have at age 40 is based on how much money you need to have at retirement. That, in turn, is based on how much money you expect to spend each week during your retirement. That, in turn, depends on whether you expect to lead a modest retirement or a comfortable retirement.

The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) estimates you would need the following amount per week:

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

 

 

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 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

 

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

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.

How is superannuation calculated?

Superannuation is calculated at the rate of 9.5 per cent of your gross salary and 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.

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 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.

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

Is superannuation included in taxable income?

Superannuation is not included when calculating your income tax. So if you have a salary of $50,000, your assessable income would be $50,000, not $50,000 plus superannuation.

That said, superannuation itself is taxed. It is generally taxed at 15 per cent, although if you earn less than $37,000, you will be reimbursed up to $500 of the tax you paid.

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.

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 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.

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.