What Is Superannuation?

What Is Superannuation?

Superannuation is money set aside by your employer over your working life for you to live on when you retire. You need super because the more you save, the more money you will have for retirement.

You can only withdraw your super money under specified conditions, such as when you retire or reach the age of 65. Superannuation advice has proven to be an effective form of retirement planning since it makes saving feel passive rather than active.

How Do I Save a Superannuation?

Most employers make ‘contributions’ to your super account on your behalf. This is known as ‘the super guarantee. These payments are paid in addition to your salary and wages. There are laws governing how much super your employer is required to pay.

From July 1, 2022, your employer may be required to contribute to your super regardless of your monthly salary. To be eligible, you must work more than 30 hours a week if you are under a certain age.

When you are paid salary and wages, your eligibility is determined, not when the income is earned. This means that if you are paid on or after July 1, 2022, you will be paid super regardless of your earnings. This is true even if some of the pay periods begin before July 1, 2022.

What Is Superannuation?

Since July 1, 2022, to get paid super, you must earn $450 or more (before tax) in a calendar month. This is true whether you work casual, part-time, or full-time hours and whether you are a permanent or temporary resident. Even if you have an Australian business number (ABN), you may be eligible if you are a contractor who is paid largely for labor.

How Is Money Deposited into My Superannuation Account?

Your employer is required to contribute a minimum amount into super based on the current super guarantee rate of your ordinary time wages. This is expected to gradually increase in the future years.

Ordinary time earnings are what you typically earn for working regular hours, and they include over-award payments, certain bonuses, allowances, and certain paid leave. Overtime pay is typically not included in regular hourly earnings.

You can also contribute your own money to your super savings, and the Australian Government will sometimes contribute as well. Good retirement planning with figures from a retirement planning calculator according to your earnings will determine how much will be sufficient for you.

How Do You Pick a Super Fund?

Most consumers have the option of directing their contributions to a specific super fund. If you are eligible, your employer must provide you with a Superannuation standard choice form within 28 days of starting work for them, so you can make your decision in writing.

If you do not select a super fund, your employer may be required to take an additional step to comply with choice of fund laws. If you do not designate a super fund, they may need to contact your Australian superannuation advisor for information on a stapled super fund.

A stapled super fund is an existing super account that has been attached, or stapled, to an individual employee in order for it to follow them as they move jobs. Your superannuation advisor will notify you if your employer requests a stapled super fund, as well as the fund information he provided.

Every business has a nominated super fund, often known as a default fund, where super guarantee payments are made for employees who have not chosen a preferred fund and do not have a stapled super fund.

If you want your contributions paid into an existing super account but can’t recall your super fund account details, you can view all of your super accounts on the taxation office website. Your superannuation advisor will assist you in comparing Super products and selecting a super fund that suits your requirements.

It’s never too early to start talking about your super. Choose your own super fund and participate on a regular basis since this is an effective retirement financial plan, and the decisions you make today will help determine your lifestyle alternatives in the future.

Government Payments to Superannuation

If you make a low or middle income, you may be eligible for Australian Government super contributions. Submit your tax return, and they’ll determine whether you are eligible for a super co-contribution payment of up to $500.

How Do I Obtain My Superannuation Benefits?

When you retire, you can usually access your super money. However, under some circumstances, such as severe financial hardship or specified medical problems, you may be able to access your super savings early.

Whether you truly need part of your conserved super sooner, check with your super fund to see if you can use it before applying. Your superannuation advisor would be in the best position to inform you of these possibilities.

When guiding clients through SMSF setup, superannuation advisors must consider the upfront and ongoing costs. These expenses can include professional advice fees, legal fees, SMSFsetup costs, SMSF software subscriptions, annual audit fees, and compliance services. A comprehensive understanding of these costs is essential to effectively assist clients in managing their superannuation.

What Is Superannuation?

Superannuation for Temporary Residents Departing from Australia

If you are a temporary resident working in Australia and are entitled to super, your employer is required to make super guarantee contributions on your behalf. You may be paid your superannuation after you leave Australia. 


How Do You Keep Track of Your Retirement Funds?

Providing your Tax File Number (TFN) to your super fund can make it easier to track your super, transfer it across accounts, and receive super payments from your employer or the Government. Check the statements you receive from your fund to see if they have your TFN.

Can I Bring Super Money from Abroad?

You can bring Super money from abroad, but if you are bringing your own money or pension funds from another country, you should be aware of the unique tax requirements. Consult with your financial advisor, Australian superannuation advisor, or migration agent.

Final Thoughts

Getting a Superannuation is a great addition to your retirement finance plans. It makes saving seamless, and with the right superannuation advisor, investment becomes better. However, there are so many intricacies involved with the Australian super, and you’ll need professional guidance to avoid hefty and redundant taxes. 

If you need a superannuation advisor here in Sydney, why not contact us at Omura? We offer top-notch financial advisory services and will provide you with the most suitable superannuation strategies and help you through the ever-changing rules that characterize superannuation.