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5.65%

$68

Legalsuper

$628

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MyChoice Platinum
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4.87%

$78

MLC

$913

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MyChoice Platinum
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6.14%

$78

MTAA Super

$443

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MySuper Platinum
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5.40%

$92

smartMonday

$622

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MyChoice Platinum
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6.78%

$73

WA Super

$513

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MyChoice Gold
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New

$91

AMP Bank

$371

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MyChoice Gold
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4.43%

$78

Russell Investments

$203

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MyChoice Gold
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4.16%

$175

Netwealth

$748

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MyChoice Gold
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5.18%

$0

OnePath

$425

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MyChoice Gold
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4.16%

$78

Australian Catholic Superannuation & Retirement Fund

$583

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MyChoice Gold
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New

$84

Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation

$689

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MyChoice Gold
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5.13%

$0

Qantas Super

$660

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MyChoice Gold
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4.39%

$86

REI Super

$601

Advisory services
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MySuper Gold
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$60

AvSuper

$630

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MyChoice Gold
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4.80%

$92

Suncorp Bank

$587

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MySuper Gold
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5.20%

$70

Super SA

$525

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MyChoice Gold
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5.16%

$78

Twusuper

$758

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MySuper Gold
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4.07%

$39

Energy Industries Superannuation Scheme

$554

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MyChoice Gold
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New

$117

First Super

$597

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MyChoice Gold
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Learn more about superannuation

The top-rated superannuation funds in Australia are constantly changing. Market fluctuations and other factors regularly impact super funds’ performance. This means that a super fund with the best returns over the past year could just as easily take a dip next year.

So, what does that mean for you when comparing super funds? Rather than looking for the ‘top-rated’ super fund, you might want to do some research to find a fund with investment options and features that suit your specific requirements and financial goals.

How are super funds rated?

Different superannuation comparison websites use different methodologies to rate a super fund’s performance over a period of time. Usually, ratings are based on a combination of the following:

  • Returns – How much a fund has earned over time, expressed as a percentage. Returns on investment change regularly, so last year’s top-rated fund may not be this year’s.
  • Investment strategies – The options for investments that are available to fund members.
  • Fees – Funds with higher fees can cut into your super balance, so lower-fee funds may be more highly rated.
  • Other features – Benefits like life insurance and advisory services may be taken into account.

Are the top-rated superannuation funds always the best option?

A super fund’s rating is a general summary based on the factors mentioned above, but that doesn’t mean the top-rated funds are the best option for everyone. For example, you might be looking for a superannuation fund that offers a more diverse range of investment options than those offered by the current top-rated funds.

Some people believe it’s important to make a decision based on which fund they will believe will offer them the most value over the long term. After all, superannuation is a long-term investment that could last for more than 40 years.

Here are some of the questions you should ask when weighing up your options.

Has the super fund achieved good long-term returns?

Superannuation is a long-term investment, and fund performance changes regularly. Look at returns over a period of at least five years to get a clearer picture of a fund’s long-term track record.

Are the fees competitive?

Even a small percentage in extra fees can have a noticeable impact on your super balance over time. Make sure the administrative and management fees are appropriate and clearly laid out, so you know what you’re paying for.

Are the investment options right for me?

The investments you choose while your balance is growing will determine what your nest egg looks like when you retire. Consider choosing a fund with a diverse range of investment options so that you have the flexibility to tweak your investments as your financial goals change.

What insurance options are available?

Many superannuation funds offer insurance coverage such as death cover, income protection cover and total and permanent disability cover. These policies can be bundled and may have lower premiums than purchasing insurance through an external company.

What other features does the fund offer?

Your super is your money, so you should have the tools at your disposal to manage it effectively. Consider what other helpful features a super fund offers, such as financial advice and planning information or easy-to-use online account access.

How to find the top-rated superannuation funds

As we’ve discussed, the ‘top-rated’ super funds aren’t always the best choice for everyone. That’s why it’s important to do some research to weigh up a variety of super funds’ long-term performance, investment options, benefits and insurance to find the best superannuation fund for you.

Head to RateCity’s super fund comparison tool to compare funds based on your age, super balance and preferences.

What to consider before switching funds

Once you’ve done some research, you may decide there’s a better fund out there for your circumstances. Before switching funds, you might want to consider the following:

  • Insurance coverage – If you have life insurance through your current fund, your coverage will be terminated when you change funds.
  • Switching fees – Some funds charge a fee for switching, so check to see how much that will impact your balance.
  • Tax payable – You may have to pay capital gains tax as a result of rolling over your funds. Get in touch with your super fund to find out what your estimated closing balance will be after this tax is deducted.
  • Investment options – Funds’ ratings change regularly, so performance shouldn’t be the only consideration when switching. Instead, choose a fund with a range of investment options that will suit your needs over the long term.

Frequently asked questions

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.

How many superannuation funds are there?

There are more than 200 different superannuation funds.

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).

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 do you create a superannuation account?

Before you create 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).

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.

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.

What superannuation details do I give to my employer?

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 should also provide your tax file number – while it’s not a legal obligation, it will ensure your contributions will be taxed at the (lower) superannuation rate.

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 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).

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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.

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Can I choose a superannuation fund or does my employer choose one for me?

Most people can choose their own superannuation fund. However, you might not have this option if you are a member of certain defined benefit funds or covered by certain industrial agreements. If you don’t choose a superannuation fund, your employer will choose one for you.

What fees do superannuation funds charge?

Superannuation funds can charge a range of fees, including:

  • Activity-based fees – for specific, irregular services, such as splitting an account after a divorce
  • Administration fees – to cover the cost of managing your account
  • Advice fees – for personal investment advice
  • Buy/sell spread fees – when you make contributions, switches and withdrawals
  • Exit fees – when you close your account
  • Investment fees – to cover the cost of managing your investments
  • Switching fees – when you choose a new investment option within the same fund

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.

What is an SMSF?

An SMSF is a self-managed superannuation fund. SMSFs have to follow the same rules and restrictions as ordinary superannuation funds.

SMSFs allow Australians to directly invest their superannuation, rather than let ordinary funds manage their money for them.

SMSFs are regulated by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). They can have up to four members. All members must be trustees (or directors if there is a corporate trustee).

Unlike with ordinary funds, SMSF members are responsible for meeting compliance obligations.

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 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

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 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.

How do I set up an SMSF?

Setting up an SMSF takes more work than registering with an ordinary superannuation fund. 

An SMSF is a type of trust, so if you want to create an SMSF, you first have to create a trust.

To create a trust, you will need trustees, who must sign a trustee declaration. You will also need identifiable beneficiaries and assets for the fund – although these can be as little as a few dollars.

You will also need to create a trust deed, which is a document that lays out the rules of your SMSF. The trust deed must be prepared by a qualified professional and signed by all trustees.

To qualify as an Australian superannuation fund, the SMSF must meet these three criteria:

  • The fund must be established in Australia – or at least one of its assets must be located in Australia
  • The central management and control of the fund must ordinarily be in Australia
  • The fund must have active members who are Australian residents and who hold at least 50 per cent of the fund’s assets – or it must have no active members

Once your SMSF is established and all trustees have signed a trustee declaration, you have 60 days to apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN).

When completing the ABN application, you should ask for a tax file number for your fund. You should also ask for the fund to be regulated by the Australian Taxation Office – otherwise it won’t receive tax concessions.

Your next step is to open a bank account in your fund’s name. This account must be kept separated from the accounts held by the trustees and any related employers.

Your SMSF will also need an electronic service address, so it can receive contributions.

Finally, you will need to create an investment strategy, which explains how your fund will invest its money, and an exit strategy, which explains how and why it would ever close.

Please note that you can pay an adviser to set up your SMSF. You might also want to take the Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Trustee Education Program, which is a free program that has been created by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.