TelstraSuper

TelstraSuper Personal Plus

Past 5-year return
5.40%
Admin fee

$78

Calc fees on 50k

$563

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum15 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the Year Finalist
Past 5-year return
5.40%
Admin fee

$78

Calc fees on 50k

$563

SuperRatings awards
MyChoice Platinum15 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the Year Finalist

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Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Member fee of $1.50 per week and administration fee of just 0.20% p.a. No entry or exit fees.
  • Broad range of investment options with free investment switches.
  • Insurance Options Available - Death, TPD, Income Protection. Base Death/TPD cost is covered by Employer Sponsor
  • Access to Member education seminars at no extra cost.
  • Financial planning at no additional cost.
  • Secure access to your personal details 24/7 through SuperOnline.
  • Regular member magazine and informative e-Newsletters.

Summary

TelstraSuper Personal Plus has been specifically designed for former employees of the Telstra Group, current and former employees of Telstra-approved employers, and their eligible families. TelstraSuper was nominated as a finalist for the 2021 Career Fund of the Year award.TelstraSuper Personal Plus offers an investment menu of 5 diversified options and 5 single sector options, as well as access to direct equities and term deposits. The Balanced option underperformed the relevant SuperRatings Index over the 1, 3- and 5-year periods to 30 June 2020; however, outperformed over the longer term.Fees are lower than the industry average across all account balances assessed. There is no switching fee, although a buy-sell spread may apply.TelstraSuper Personal Plus's insurance offering allows eligible members to apply for an unlimited amount of Death cover and up to $5 million of TPD cover. Members can also apply to increase cover following the occurrence of a prescribed Life Event without additional underwriting. Income Protection is available covering up to 85% of salary with a 2- or 5-year benefit period following a 30, 60, 90- or 120-day waiting period. TelstraSuper offers access to a comprehensive range of educational resources, financial advice services and nation-wide information seminars. The fund also offers discounts from a range of service providers, including HCF Health Insurance.

Features and Fees

TelstraSuper 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

$78

Administration fee (%)

0.2%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

0.33%

Indirect cost ratio (%)

0.44%

Exit fee

$0

Pros and Cons

  • Member fee of $1.50 per week and administration fee of just 0.20% p.a. No entry or exit fees.
  • Broad range of investment options with free investment switches.
  • Insurance Options Available - Death, TPD, Income Protection. Base Death/TPD cost is covered by Employer Sponsor
  • Access to Member education seminars at no extra cost.
  • Financial planning at no additional cost.
  • Secure access to your personal details 24/7 through SuperOnline.
  • Regular member magazine and informative e-Newsletters.

TelstraSuper Personal Plus has been specifically designed for former employees of the Telstra Group, current and former employees of Telstra-approved employers, and their eligible families. TelstraSuper was nominated as a finalist for the 2021 Career Fund of the Year award.TelstraSuper Personal Plus offers an investment menu of 5 diversified options and 5 single sector options, as well as access to direct equities and term deposits. The Balanced option underperformed the relevant SuperRatings Index over the 1, 3- and 5-year periods to 30 June 2020; however, outperformed over the longer term.Fees are lower than the industry average across all account balances assessed. There is no switching fee, although a buy-sell spread may apply.TelstraSuper Personal Plus's insurance offering allows eligible members to apply for an unlimited amount of Death cover and up to $5 million of TPD cover. Members can also apply to increase cover following the occurrence of a prescribed Life Event without additional underwriting. Income Protection is available covering up to 85% of salary with a 2- or 5-year benefit period following a 30, 60, 90- or 120-day waiting period. TelstraSuper offers access to a comprehensive range of educational resources, financial advice services and nation-wide information seminars. The fund also offers discounts from a range of service providers, including HCF Health Insurance.

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TelstraSuper 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

$78

Administration fee (%)

0.2%

Switching fee

$0

Investment fee

0.33%

Indirect cost ratio (%)

0.44%

Exit fee

$0
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Past 5-year return
5.40%
Admin fee

$78

Company
TelstraSuper
Calc fees on 50k

$563

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 Finalist
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More details
Past 5-year return
5.40%
Admin fee

$78

Company
TelstraSuper
Calc fees on 50k

$563

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 Finalist
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
5.40%
Admin fee

$78

Company
TelstraSuper
Calc fees on 50k

$563

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 Finalist
Go to site
More details
Past 5-year return
5.40%
Admin fee

$78

Company
TelstraSuper
Calc fees on 50k

$563

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 Finalist
Go to site
More details

FAQs

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

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.

How long after divorce can you claim superannuation?

You or your partner could be forced to surrender part of your superannuation if you divorce, just like with other assets.

You can file a claim for division of property – including superannuation – as soon as you divorce. However, the claim has to be filed within one year of the divorce.

Your superannuation could be affected even if you’re in a de facto relationship – that is, living together as a couple without being officially married.

In that case, the claim has to be filed within two years of the date of separation.

Either way, the first thing to consider is whether you’re a member of a standard, APRA-regulated superannuation fund or if you’re a member of a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF), because different rules apply.

Standard superannuation funds

If your relationship breaks down, your superannuation savings might be divided by court order or by agreement.

The rules of the superannuation fund will dictate whether this transfer happens immediately, or in the future when the person who has to make the transfer is allowed to access the rest of their superannuation (i.e. at or near retirement).

Click here for more information.

SMSFs

If your relationship breaks down, you must continue to observe the trust deed of your SMSF.

So if you and your partner are both members of the same SMSF, neither party is allowed to use the fund to inflict ‘punishment’ – such as by excluding the other party from the decision-making process or refusing their request to roll their money into another superannuation fund.

This no-punishment rule applies even if the two parties are involved in legal proceedings.

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Financial consequences

Superannuation funds often charge a fee for splitting accounts after a relationship breakdown.

Splitting superannuation can also impact the size of your total super balance and how your super is taxed.

Click here for more information.

What is salary sacrificing?

A salary sacrifice is where your employer takes part of your pre-tax salary and pays it directly into your superannuation account. Salary sacrifices come out of your pre-tax income, whereas personal contributions come out of your after-tax income.

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

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.

Is superannuation paid on overtime?

As the Australian Taxation Office explains, there are times when superannuation is paid on overtime and times when it isn’t.

Here is the ATO’s summary:

Payment type Is superannuation paid?
Overtime hours – award stipulates ordinary hours to be worked and employee works additional hours for which they are paid overtime rates No
Overtime hours – agreement prevails over award No
Agreement supplanting award removes distinction between ordinary hours and other hours Yes – all hours worked
No ordinary hours of work stipulated Yes – all hours worked
Casual employee: shift loadings Yes
Casual employee: overtime payments No
Casual employee whose hours are paid at overtime rates due to a ‘bandwidth’ clause No
Piece-rates – no ordinary hours of work stipulated Yes
Overtime component of earnings based on hourly-driving-rate method stipulated in award No

What compliance obligations does an SMSF have?

SMSFs must maintain comprehensive records and submit to annual audits.

How many superannuation funds are there?

There are more than 200 different superannuation funds.

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.

What are reportable superannuation contributions?

For employees, there are two types of reportable superannuation contributions:

  • Reportable employer super contributions your employer makes for you
  • Personal deductible contributions you make for yourself

How can I increase my superannuation?

You can increase your superannuation through a ‘salary sacrifice’. This is where your employer takes part of your pre-tax salary and pays it directly into your superannuation account. Like regular superannuation contributions, salary sacrifices are taxed at 15 per cent when they are paid into the fund.

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.

How much superannuation do I need?

According to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), here is how much you would be able to spend per week during retirement:

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 I choose the right superannuation fund?

Different superannuation funds charge different fees, offer different insurances, offer different investment options and have different performance histories.

So you need to ask yourself these four questions when comparing superannuation funds:

  • How many fees would I have to pay and what would they cost?
  • What insurances are available and how much would they cost?
  • What investment options does it offer? How would they match my risk profile and financial needs?
  • How have these investment options performed historically?

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.

What contributions can SMSFs accept?

SMSFs can accept mandated employer contributions from an employer at any time (Funds need an electronic service address to receive the contributions).

However, SMSFs can’t accept contributions from members who don’t have tax file numbers.

Also, they generally can’t accept assets as contributions from members and they generally can’t accept non-mandated contributions for members who are 75 or older.

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 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.

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.