The super moves you should make today

February 2024

Super is a vital part of your financial future, and it's never too early or too late to take control of it. By consolidating your accounts, reviewing fees, optimising your investments, and taking advantage of government incentives, you can supercharge your super and enjoy a more comfortable retirement.

 

Key takeaways

  • How to minimise super fees and insurance contributions
  • How to boost your super while reducing your tax obligations
  • The resources available to manage and track your super

How often do you think about your super? Is it something you check on regularly? It should be! Your super is your ticket to a comfortable retirement, and a little bit of attention now can make a world of difference later.

Not sure where to start? Following these ten tips can help you supercharge your super:

1 - Consolidate your super accounts

First things first, do you have multiple super accounts scattered around like lost sheep? If you do, it's time to round them up and bring them back into the fold.

Having multiple accounts means you're paying multiple sets of fees, and your money isn't working as efficiently as it could be.

Consolidating your super into one fund will save you money and make it much easier to manage.

2 - Check those fees

Speaking of fees, it's crucial to know what you're paying. Super funds charge fees for administration, investment management, and insurance, amongst other things.

These fees can eat into your retirement savings, so compare the fees of your current fund to others in the market. Look for a fund with competitive fees that won’t hinder your financial goals.

3 - Monitor your investment options

Your super isn't just sitting in a bank account; it's invested in assets like shares, bonds, and property.

The performance of those investments can have a significant impact on your super balance. Make sure your super fund offers investment options that suit your risk tolerance and financial goals.

Consider seeking professional advice if you're unsure which investment strategy is right for you.

4 - Keep an eye on your insurance

Many super funds provide insurance cover for their members, including life insurance and income protection. It's essential to understand what insurance you have through your super and whether it meets your needs.

If you have duplicate insurance policies or coverage you don't need, it's time to review and adjust your insurance within your super fund accordingly.

Use our insurance calculator to determine if you have the right level of cover, and consider speaking to an insurance expert.

5 - Salary sacrifice for extra contributions

One way to boost your super is to contribute more from your pre-tax salary. This is called salary sacrificing. It reduces your taxable income while increasing your super balance.

The beauty of this strategy is that it allows you to save for retirement while potentially paying less tax. Just be aware of the annual contribution limits imposed by the ATO (Australian Taxation Office).

6 - Take advantage of government contributions

The Australian government offers a helping hand to those saving for retirement. The Superannuation Co-contribution scheme rewards low to middle-income earners who make voluntary after-tax contributions to their super.

The government will match a portion of your contributions (up to $500), effectively giving your super balance a bonus. Check the ATO's website for the latest eligibility criteria and contribution limits.

7 - Track down your lost super

Recent data from the ATO revealed that there's over $16 billion in lost and unclaimed super in Australia, and that figure is rising – it’s increased over $2 billion in the last financial year alone.

If you've changed jobs or addresses, chances are you've got some super floating around that you've forgotten about. The ATO's myGov portal can help you track down your lost super and consolidate it into your active account. Don't let your hard-earned money gather dust; put it to work for your future.

8 - Consider making voluntary contributions

Aside from the compulsory employer contributions, you can also make voluntary contributions to your super. These can be either before-tax (concessional) or after-tax (non-concessional).

The more you contribute, the more you'll have when you retire. Just be mindful of the contribution limits to avoid penalties.

9 - Review your investment strategy regularly

Life changes, and so should your super strategy. As you approach retirement, you may want to adjust your investment mix to reduce risk.

Alternatively, if you are a lot further away from retirement, you might consider a more aggressive investment strategy to potentially generate higher returns. Regularly reviewing and adjusting your strategy can help ensure your super is on track to meet your financial goals.

10 - Seek professional advice

Last, but not least, don't be afraid to seek professional advice. Superannuation can be complex, and getting expert guidance can make a big difference.

Financial planners or advisers can help you tailor a super strategy that suits your circumstances and goals. They can also provide valuable insights into the best investment options and insurance coverage for you.

 


* Based on KPMG Super Insights 2023 Report as at May 2023 KPMG Super Insights 2023 Report

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