Superannuation (Part 2)
Is your superannuation on track?
Part 2 of our superannuation toolkit continues with some tips on how to assess the state of your existing superannuation.
When you have retirement savings in a superannuation account, it’s a good idea to check in from time to time and make sure it’s on track to provide you with funds for the retirement you want. Statewide Super has a simple Super health check you can do online to review if your super is in good health and working for you.
Finding your lost superannuation and consolidating your accounts
If you’ve had various jobs over the years, you might find that you have accumulated a few different superannuation accounts. You may even have superannuation you aren’t aware of. Locating all of your super and consolidating it into one account may allow you to keep track of your retirement savings more easily and possibly save money in fees and charges. However, it is important to consider the effects of combining your superannuation into one account and the impact that may have on your retirement savings. You should also consider the impact of consolidating your superannuation and any insurance cover you may be entitled to and the fees and costs charged by each fund you have an account with.
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These links will provide more information about the things you should consider before deciding to consolidate your superannuation accounts:
Find your superannuation: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/Growing-your-super/Keeping-track-of-your-super/#Checkyoursuper
Consolidate your superannuation: https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/superannuation-and-retirement/keeping-track-and-lost-super/consolidating-super-funds
If you are not sure whether you should combine your super into one account, you should seek financial advice.
For more information about superannuation, see the Australian Taxation Office website.
See Part 1 of our superannuation toolkit for access to information about what superannuation is, what it means for sole traders and how to determine how much superannuation you might need in retirement.
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This toolkit has drawn resources from several websites including the Australian Taxation Office, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australian and Statewide Super.
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