AMP Bank

AMP Flexible Super - MySuper

No. of members: 229165
Fund size: $2.7b
Public offer:
Product type: Master Trust-MySuper
Target market: All Industries
Year started: 2014
Past 5-year return
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Admin fee

$108

Calc fees on 50k

$453

SuperRatings awards
MySuper GoldInfinity Recognised
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6.54%

$0

QSuper

$465

Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
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Term deposits
Variety of options
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RateCity Says: Enjoy the benefits of an investment strategy based on your age and account balance.

Past 5-year return
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Admin fee

$108

Calc fees on 50k

$453

SuperRatings awards
MySuper GoldInfinity Recognised

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Diversified balanced investment option
  • One consolidated statement for super and pension accounts
  • Online straight through processing on investment unit switches 24/7
  • Pension Refresh Facility
  • Online access to My Portfolio with regular reporting functionality

Summary

Established in January 2014, AMP MySuper Balanced is the MySuper offering for AMP Flexible Super Core, Select and Choice packages. AMP is Infinity Recognised, which is a result of its strong commitment to environmental and social principles. The MySuper Balanced investment strategy is actively managed and provides members with exposure to a wide range of asset classes. For members wishing to make an investment choice, the AMP Flexible Super Choice Package provides access to over 70 investment options. The AMP MySuper Balanced option outperformed the SuperRatings Index over the year to 30 June 2019; however, underperformed over the longer term.Fees for this product are lower than the industry average across all assessed account balances. No switching fees are charged, although changing investment options may incur transactional costs. Basic insurance cover (Essential Protection) is automatically provided with up to $250,000 of Death & TPD cover. Additional cover (Super Protection) is also available, allowing members to apply for up to $5 million of Death & TPD insurance and unlimited Death Only cover. Income Protection insurance is available over a 2 year, 5 year or to age 65 benefit period, with a choice of a variety of waiting periods ranging from 30 to 720 days. AMP's website contains a variety of financial simulators and retirement calculators, as well as a Goals info centre with a wealth of online tools and educational materials. Further, the fund's interactive digital advice tool 'AMP Goals 360' is designed to assist members to plan and track their retirement goals.

Features and Fees

AMP Bank 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

$108

Administration fee (%)
0.46%
Switching fee
$0
Investment fee
0.15%
Indirect cost ratio (%)
0.08%
Exit fee
$0

Pros and Cons

  • Diversified balanced investment option
  • One consolidated statement for super and pension accounts
  • Online straight through processing on investment unit switches 24/7
  • Pension Refresh Facility
  • Online access to My Portfolio with regular reporting functionality

Established in January 2014, AMP MySuper Balanced is the MySuper offering for AMP Flexible Super Core, Select and Choice packages. AMP is Infinity Recognised, which is a result of its strong commitment to environmental and social principles. The MySuper Balanced investment strategy is actively managed and provides members with exposure to a wide range of asset classes. For members wishing to make an investment choice, the AMP Flexible Super Choice Package provides access to over 70 investment options. The AMP MySuper Balanced option outperformed the SuperRatings Index over the year to 30 June 2019; however, underperformed over the longer term.Fees for this product are lower than the industry average across all assessed account balances. No switching fees are charged, although changing investment options may incur transactional costs. Basic insurance cover (Essential Protection) is automatically provided with up to $250,000 of Death & TPD cover. Additional cover (Super Protection) is also available, allowing members to apply for up to $5 million of Death & TPD insurance and unlimited Death Only cover. Income Protection insurance is available over a 2 year, 5 year or to age 65 benefit period, with a choice of a variety of waiting periods ranging from 30 to 720 days. AMP's website contains a variety of financial simulators and retirement calculators, as well as a Goals info centre with a wealth of online tools and educational materials. Further, the fund's interactive digital advice tool 'AMP Goals 360' is designed to assist members to plan and track their retirement goals.

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AMP Bank 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

$108

Administration fee (%)
0.46%
Switching fee
$0
Investment fee
0.15%
Indirect cost ratio (%)
0.08%
Exit fee
$0
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5.62%

$1.1k

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$1.5k

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4.35%

$91

AMP Bank

$701

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MyChoice Gold
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4.89%

$91

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$686

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MyChoice Gold
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3.92%

$0

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$980

Advisory services
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MyChoice Silver
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4.46%

$0

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$866

Advisory services
Death insurance
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MyChoice Silver
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4.51%

$91

AMP Bank

$571

Advisory services
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MySuper GoldInfinity Recognised
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4.90%

$152

AMP Bank

$507

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Death insurance
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Term deposits
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MyChoice GoldInfinity Recognised
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4.90%

$91

AMP Bank

$446

Advisory services
Death insurance
Income protection
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Term deposits
Variety of options
MyChoice GoldInfinity Recognised
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4.61%

$120

AMP Bank

$1k

Advisory services
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MyChoice PlatinumInfinity Recognised
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4.61%

$91

AMP Bank

$971

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Income protection
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MyChoice PlatinumInfinity Recognised
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FAQs

What is superannuation?

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

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

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.

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.

How do you set up superannuation?

Before you set up 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).

Is superannuation taxed?

Superannuation is taxed. It is generally taxed at 15 per cent. However, if you earn less than $37,000, you will be automatically reimbursed up to $500 of the tax you paid. Also, if your income plus concessional superannuation contributions exceed $250,000, you will also be charged Division 293 tax. This is an extra 15 per cent tax on your concessional contributions or the amount above $250,000 – whichever is lesser.

How do you calculate superannuation?

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 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.

Is superannuation compulsory?

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

How do you get superannuation?

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

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.

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

How does superannuation work?

Superannuation is paid by employers to employees, at least once every three months. The ‘superannuation guarantee’ 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 guarantee 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.

Superannuation is generally taxed at 15 per cent. However, if you earn less than $37,000, you will be automatically reimbursed up to $500 of the tax you paid. Also, if your income plus concessional superannuation contributions exceed $250,000, you will also be charged Division 293 tax. This is an extra 15 per cent tax on your concessional contributions or the amount above $250,000 – whichever is lesser.

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

 

How much superannuation should I have?

The amount of superannuation you need to have at retirement is based on how much money you would 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 do you pay superannuation?

Superannuation is paid by employers to employees. 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.

Currently, the superannuation rate is currently 9.5 per cent of an employee’s ordinary time earnings. This 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.

Employers must pay superannuation at least four times per year. The due dates are 28 January, 28 April, 28 July and 28 October.

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 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 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.

When did superannuation start?

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 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