Smartsave

Australian Practical Superannuation

Past 5-year return
New
Admin fee

$200

Calc fees on 50k

$645

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Silver
Past 5-year return
New
Admin fee

$200

Calc fees on 50k

$645

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Silver

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Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Simple Pooled investment options, plus Super Wrap investment options.
  • Easy to use online member portal.
  • Competitive group and retail insurance offers.
  • Responsive member servicing (eg: follow up of rollovers).

Summary

Australian Practical Superannuation, an accumulation superannuation product, was offered through the MAP Superannuation Plan Division II and is now a sub-plan of OneSuper (formerly SmartSave ‘Member’s Choice’ Superannuation Master Trust Plan) via a Successor Fund Transfer in December 2020. Members are offered a comprehensive investment menu, consisting of 5 pre-mixed pooled investment strategies and a range of Super Wrap investment options, including the Cash Hub, Managed Funds, Managed Account Model Portfolios, ASX Listed Securities and Term Deposits. While limited performance history is available for this product, the 50/50 Option underperformed the SR25 Conservative Balanced Index over each time period assessed to 30 June 2020.Fees associated with this product are lower than the industry average across the medium and large account balances assessed. Members can make investment switches at no cost, although a buy/sell spread may apply.Members are provided with a choice of group life cover or retail insurance. Automatic Death & TPD cover is provided upon initially joining the fund. There is no limit to the amount of Death only cover a member can apply for, while Death & TPD cover is available up to a maximum of $3 million. Income Protection (IP) is offered as part of the retail insurance cover through a Nominated Representative. An assessment of IP is not provided as premium rates are tailored on an individual basis. Additional benefits available include access to a range of fact sheets and high quality educational material, as well as the ability to change details and perform transactions via the Secure Online Portal.

Features and Fees

Smartsave 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

$200

Administration fee (%)

0.38%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

Indirect cost ratio (%)

0.51%

Exit fee

$0

Pros and Cons

  • Simple Pooled investment options, plus Super Wrap investment options.
  • Easy to use online member portal.
  • Competitive group and retail insurance offers.
  • Responsive member servicing (eg: follow up of rollovers).

Australian Practical Superannuation, an accumulation superannuation product, was offered through the MAP Superannuation Plan Division II and is now a sub-plan of OneSuper (formerly SmartSave ‘Member’s Choice’ Superannuation Master Trust Plan) via a Successor Fund Transfer in December 2020. Members are offered a comprehensive investment menu, consisting of 5 pre-mixed pooled investment strategies and a range of Super Wrap investment options, including the Cash Hub, Managed Funds, Managed Account Model Portfolios, ASX Listed Securities and Term Deposits. While limited performance history is available for this product, the 50/50 Option underperformed the SR25 Conservative Balanced Index over each time period assessed to 30 June 2020.Fees associated with this product are lower than the industry average across the medium and large account balances assessed. Members can make investment switches at no cost, although a buy/sell spread may apply.Members are provided with a choice of group life cover or retail insurance. Automatic Death & TPD cover is provided upon initially joining the fund. There is no limit to the amount of Death only cover a member can apply for, while Death & TPD cover is available up to a maximum of $3 million. Income Protection (IP) is offered as part of the retail insurance cover through a Nominated Representative. An assessment of IP is not provided as premium rates are tailored on an individual basis. Additional benefits available include access to a range of fact sheets and high quality educational material, as well as the ability to change details and perform transactions via the Secure Online Portal.

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Smartsave 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

$200

Administration fee (%)

0.38%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

Indirect cost ratio (%)

0.51%

Exit fee

$0
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Past 5-year return
New
Admin fee

$0

Company
Smartsave
Calc fees on 50k

$515

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Silver
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More details
Past 5-year return
7.00%
Admin fee

$20

Company
Smartsave
Calc fees on 50k

$485

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MySuper Other
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
7.00%
Admin fee

$20

Company
Smartsave
Calc fees on 50k

$600

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Other
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
6.42%
Admin fee

$0

Company
Smartsave
Calc fees on 50k

$535

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Silver
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
New
Admin fee

$0

Company
Smartsave
Calc fees on 50k

$480

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Silver
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
6.65%
Admin fee

$20

Company
Smartsave
Calc fees on 50k

$485

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Other
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
6.65%
Admin fee

$20

Company
Smartsave
Calc fees on 50k

$485

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MySuper Other
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
New
Admin fee

$200

Company
Smartsave
Calc fees on 50k

$645

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Silver
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
-
Admin fee

$50

Company
Smartsave
Calc fees on 50k

$545

Features
Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
Online access
Term deposits
Variety of options
SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Silver
Go to site
More details
Product
Past 5-year return
New
Admin fee

$0

Company
Smartsave
Calc fees on 50k

$395

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

FAQs

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.

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 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.

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

What happens to my superannuation when I change jobs?

You can keep your superannuation fund for as long as you like, so nothing happens when you change jobs. Please note that some superannuation funds have special features for people who work with certain employers, so these features may no longer be available if you change jobs.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How many superannuation funds are there?

There are more than 200 different superannuation funds.

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

Yes, permanent and temporary residents are entitled to superannuation.

What is a superannuation fund?

A superannuation fund is an institution that is legally allowed to hold and invest your superannuation. There are more than 200 different superannuation funds in Australia. They come in five different types:

  • Retail funds
  • Industry funds
  • Public sector funds
  • Corporate funds
  • Self-managed super funds

Retail funds are usually run by banks or investment companies.

Industry funds were originally designed for workers from a particular industry, but are now open to anyone.

Public sector funds were originally designed for people working for federal or state government departments. Most are still reserved for government employees.

Corporate funds are arranged by employers for their employees.

Self-managed super funds are private superannuation funds that allow people to directly invest their money.

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 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.

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