TelstraSuper

TelstraSuper Personal Plus MySuper

Past 5-year return
5.40%
Admin fee

$78

Calc fees on 50k

$563

SuperRatings awards
MySuper Platinum7 Year Platinum PerformanceCareer Fund of the Year Finalist
Past 5-year return
5.40%
Admin fee

$78

Calc fees on 50k

$563

SuperRatings awards
MySuper Platinum7 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 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 and the 2021 MySuper of the Year awards.TelstraSuper's MySuper default option places members in one of three diversified strategies, depending on the decade they were born, with defensive asset increasing with age. Choice members may also select from a range of diversified and single sector options, as well as direct equities and term deposits. The MySuper 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'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 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 and the 2021 MySuper of the Year awards.TelstraSuper's MySuper default option places members in one of three diversified strategies, depending on the decade they were born, with defensive asset increasing with age. Choice members may also select from a range of diversified and single sector options, as well as direct equities and term deposits. The MySuper 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'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
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
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 will the superannuation fund do with my money?

Your money will be invested in an investment option of your choosing.

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 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

 

 

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.

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.

How many superannuation funds are there?

There are more than 200 different superannuation funds.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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 difference between accumulation and defined benefit funds?

A majority of Australians are in accumulation funds. These funds grow according to the amount of money invested and the return on that money.

A minority of Australians are in defined benefit funds – many of which are now closed to new members. These funds give payouts according to specific rules, such as how long the worker has been with their employer and their final salary before they retired.

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 are the risks and challenges of an SMSF?

  • SMSFs have high set-up and running costs
  • They come with complicated compliance obligations
  • It takes a lot of time to research investment options
  • It can be difficult to make such big financial decisions

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.

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 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.

Can I carry on a business in an SMSF?

SMSFs are allowed to carry on a business under two conditions.

First, this must be permitted under the trust deed.

Second, the sole purpose of the business must be to earn retirement benefits.

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

Yes, permanent and temporary residents are entitled to superannuation.

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