What is Super Fund Lookup and How Do I Use it?

24 April 2018
Looking for information on a certain super fund? Super Fund Lookup can help – here’s info on what it does and how to use it.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) established the Super Fund Lookup service to make it easier for the average Australian to access key information about various superannuation funds.

What is Super Fund Lookup for?

Super Fund Lookup can be used to:

  • identify whether a fund is complying, non-complying or non-regulated
  • identify whether a fund has ceased to operate
  • access contact details for the fund

Not only does the service let you look up standard industry and retail super funds using either their ABN, ACN or name, it also functions as the ATO’s comprehensive register of Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSFs), along with their current compliance statuses.

Which super funds are listed by Super Fund Lookup?

According to the ATO, Super Fund Lookup contains information about funds that have an ABN, and/or are regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).

That being said, the Super Fund Lookup website notes some super funds may not have an ABN but be perfectly compliant nonetheless. It recommends if you can’t find a specific fund or confirm their compliance using the Super Lookup Service, you can ask the fund for their Notice of Compliance.

If you’re comparing Superannuation funds, the comparison table below displays some of the products currently available on Canstar’s database for Australians aged 30-39 with a balance of up to $55,000, sorted by Star Rating (highest to lowest), followed by company name (alphabetical). Use Canstar’s superannuation comparison selector to view a wider range of super funds.

Fee, performance and asset allocation information shown in the table above have been determined according to the investment profile in the Canstar Superannuation Star Ratings methodology that matches the age group you selected.

How can I get my SMSF listed by Super Fund Lookup?

The ATO advises that you have 60 days to register a newly established SMSF with the ATO once all trustees have been appointed and signed the trustee declaration form.

You may need to check if your SMSF is eligible to register for an ABN and if so, you may then be able to register your SMSF and receive an ABN.

The ATO notes that when filling out your ABN application, you should:

  • request a tax file number (TFN) for your fund
  • ask that your fund be registered as an ATO-regulated SMSF – if approved, your fund will be eligible for tax concessions and its members will be able to claim tax deductions on contributions
  • register for GST if necessary

It’s important that prior to registering for an ABN, you make sure your SMSF is properly set up and that the details of your fund’s members, trustees or directors are correct. The ATO notes that failing to do one or both of these steps is a common error found in SMSF registration applications.

More details on registering your SMSF can be found here.

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