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The super fund you choose could make a huge difference to your retirement. Compare funds with Canstar based on investment performance, fees and more, and see which products got a 5-Star Rating from our experts.

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How does Canstar compare superannuation?

compare super fundsCanstar compares superannuation using a unique Star Ratings methodology that compares both cost and features across superannuation products on our database. Canstar’s Star Ratings represent a shortlist of products, enabling consumers to easily compare super funds and narrow their search to products that have been assessed and ranked.

Use the selector tool at the top of this page to compare super funds using our Star Ratings. We have also compiled a list of non-rated Super funds for you to compare.

Learn more: How to choose a super fund

What is superannuation?

Superannuation is the portion of your earnings and savings that is placed in a fund and typically held there for you to use after you retire. The objective of superannuation is to provide income in retirement that substitutes or supplements the Australian Age Pension.

The money that is held for you within a superannuation fund is invested in a range of assets. Most superannuation funds let their customers choose how their superannuation balance is invested. The income earned by your superannuation investments is taxed concessionally, according to the Australian Taxation Office.

Given that superannuation will typically represent the bulk of retirement savings for many Australians, choosing a superannuation fund should ideally be a well-researched strategic decision.


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1. How does superannuation work?

Your employer must pay a set percentage of your ordinary time earnings into a super fund on top of your annual salary if you work in Australia and meet the minimum requirements to receive the Superannuation Guarantee. If you do meet these requirements, you must be paid super whether you work casually, part-time, full-time or as a contractor, and even if you are a temporary resident. Money held in a superannuation fund is invested in a range of assets by your fund. Most funds give members the option of choosing how their savings are invested, so it could be helpful to learn more about your super investment options.

2. What do I need to know about superannuation in 2021?

The super industry is undergoing a number of changes in 2021. For example, as of 1 July the super guarantee rate and the concessional and non-concessional contributions caps have all increased. In addition, the Your Super, Your Future reforms mean that from November, workers can have their super account follow them by default when they change jobs.

If you are comparing super funds in 2021, Canstar Research has released its latest Most Satisfied Customers – Super Fund Award and its Superannuation Star Ratings and Awards. You can also view the top-performing super funds on Canstar’s database.

3. Why open a super account?

You may get your first super account when you get your first job. Some employers have a super fund or corporate plan in a broader fund only available to employees. You may also choose to open a new super account if you’re starting a new job, or if you want to switch providers and take advantage of lower fees, or choose a fund with a better track record for investment performance. If you open a new super account, you generally have the option of rolling money from your other accounts into the new one. You can compare super funds and see top-performing super funds on Canstar, with our Superannuation Star Ratings and Award research also available as a resource to help you compare options.

4. How do you start a super account?

Most super funds have an easy online joining process to open a super account. Consider factors such as the fees charged, whether the insurance offering is suitable for you and education and the financial advice available. After you choose a super fund, it’s often as easy as searching for an online join tool on a fund’s website and following the prompts. If you can, have your tax file number (TFN) handy. Letting your super fund know your TFN means it can accept your super contributions and charge the appropriate tax rates that generally apply to super contributions. You could also open a new account by choosing your employer’s default super fund when you start a new job, if that fund is right for your needs and retirement goals. You may have been prompted by your bank – in person or online – to open a super account with them, though again you don’t have to choose this option. When you open a super account, you have the option of consolidating existing superannuation accounts. Consider seeking financial advice before making decisions about your retirement savings.

5. Can I pay into my super if I’m not working?

Depending on your age, you can generally pay into your super if you are not working, with voluntary non-concessional superannuation contributions. For example, this could be using money you have in savings. There is a cap on how much you can contribute per person, per financial year without having to pay extra tax. One strategy to build your super balance is contribution splitting, with your spouse making contributions to your account if you earn a low income or are not working. Bear in mind that if you stop making contributions to your super, you may eventually lose any insurance cover your account offers and you will typically still be charged fees.

6. Can I withdraw money from my super?

Some of the most common conditions of release for super, according to the ATO, are:

  1. Reaching your preservation age and retiring
  2. Reaching your preservation and beginning a transition-to-retirement income stream
  3. Ceasing an employment arrangement on or after the age of 60
  4. Reaching 65 years of age, regardless of employment status
  5. Your death.

There are also ‘special’ conditions for release of super, including if you are either temporarily or permanently unable to work, or are experiencing severe financial or medical hardship. Another special condition of release is designed for those looking to buy their first home.

If you are interested in accessing your super early, there are a few ways you may be able to do so, depending on your circumstances. But, be aware of the costs and risks involved, including COVID-19 superannuation scams.

7. How can I plan for my retirement?

Whether you are thinking about when you should finish working, how much super you may need to retire comfortably in Australia or what super fund is best is best suited to help you get there, your personal circumstances, finances and life goals will influence your plans for retirement. Canstar’s Superannuation and Retirement Planner Calculator can help you estimate how much super you’ll have when you retire, as well as the anticipated gap between your estimated super balance and how much you may need. Please consider whether you need financial advice from a qualified adviser when planning for your retirement.

8. Should I choose life insurance through my super fund?

Choosing insurance through your superannuation fund is a personal decision. You can hold life insurance through your super fund or an external policy – or both. Most super funds offer life insurance, total and permanent disability (TPD) and income protection insurance, with life cover and TPD insurance often automatic. Following a law change in 2020, people aged under 25 no longer receive default life insurance through their super when joining a new fund, unless they work in a dangerous job or write to their fund and request it.

Possible advantages of life insurance through super include that it may be more convenient, as well as cheaper. Paying for insurance through super can be ‘tax-effective’, according to Moneysmart, if insurance is paid using concessional contributions. Disadvantages of life insurance through super include that it may reduce your retirement balance and can provide insufficient coverage in some cases. Trauma insurance is usually not available, your beneficiary may not be guaranteed, and your cover may end if you change funds or stop making contributions. Similarly, there are pros and cons of direct life insurance.

Superannuation Providers

There are more than 350 super funds in the market that are classified as personal super, corporate super, SMSF products, public sector super, wrap/platform accounts, industry funds, retail funds, master trusts, etc. Many of these funds are not available directly to the average person. The customer may be required to be employed by a particular government department or large corporation, or it may be necessary to see a financial planner first.

We have therefore limited our superannuation Star Ratings to funds that are available to the average person, where anyone can apply directly to the fund.

  • We have analysed super funds that are available for personal super investment – available to everyone.
  • Funds must be directly available for individuals to purchase without an intermediary (e.g. a financial planner).
  • We have excluded any SMSF/corporate super accounts.
  • Funds must have minimum funds under management of at least $100 million in superannuation and pensions.

We have focused on the accumulation stage, when funds are being contributed to superannuation, not the drawdown stage following retirement. We have not credit rated the super fund managers.

Below is a list of some of the many superannuation providers in Australia, or view more here:

 

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Superannuation guides and resources

Canstar’s expert superannuation guides and resources are designed to help you better understand your super, how it’s invested and whether you’re on track for retirement.

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This content was reviewed by our Sub Editor Tom Letts and Digital Editor Amanda Horswill as part of our fact-checking process.

Important Information

For those that love the detail

The Superannuation Star Ratings were awarded in April 2021. The results don’t include every provider in the market and we may not compare all features relevant to you. Current fees and performance information are displayed and may be different to what was rated. The initial table display is sorted by Star Rating and then alphabetically by company. You can use the sort buttons at the top of each column to re-order the display. Learn more about our Superannuation Star Rating Methodology. The rating shown is only one factor to take into account when considering products. Check current product details and investment options with the product issuer. If you are unsure about any terms used in the comparison table please refer to the glossary.

Any advice on this page is general and has not taken into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Consider whether this general financial advice is right for your personal circumstances. You may need financial advice from a qualified adviser. Canstar is not providing a recommendation for your individual circumstances. It’s important you check product information directly with the provider. Consider the Product Disclosure Statement and Target Market Determination (TMD), before making a purchase decision. Contact the product issuer directly for a copy of the TMD. For more information, read our Detailed Disclosure.

The age group you selected is used to provide the results in the table, including fee, performance and asset allocation based on the investment profile in the Canstar Superannuation Star Ratings methodology. Consider your own level of risk comfort when you review the asset allocation as your preference may not match the profile shown. Some providers use different age groups for their investment profiles which may result in you being offered or eligible for a different product to what is displayed in the table. See here for more details.

SunSuper’s allocation of funds for investors aged 55-99 differs from Canstar’s methodology – see details here. The Sunsuper for Life product may appear in the table multiple times. While you will not be offered any single investment option, this is to take into account the different combinations of investment options SunSuper may apply to your account based on your age. For more detail in relation to the SunSuper for Life product please refer to the PDS issued by SunSuper for this product.

QSuper sets different balance ranges, resulting in a different investment mix in some cases to that resulting from Canstar’s methodology – see details here.

Investment profiles applied initially may change over time in line with an investor’s age. See the provider’s Product Disclosure Statement and in particular applicable age groups for more information about how providers determine their investment profiles.

The performance and fee information shown in the table is for the investment option used by Canstar in rating of the superannuation product. Performance information shown is for the historical periods up to 31/08/2021 and investment options noted in the table information. Performance figures shown reflect net investment performance, i.e. net of investment tax, investment management fees and the applicable administration fees based on an account balance of $50,000. To learn more about performance information, click here. Performance data may not be available for some products. This is indicated in the tables by a note referring the user to the product provider, or by no performance information being shown.

Please note that all information about performance returns is historical. Past performance should not be relied upon as an indicator of future performance; unit prices and the value of your investment may fall as well as rise.

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