Super explained

Super is your savings for retirement. How you spend your quality time in retirement may be directly related to how much money you have to do the things you love.

Whether it's planning a holiday, refurbishing your home or simply spending more time with family, your super could end up being one of your most valuable assets and an important source of income after you stop working.

Employer contributions

While you're still working, it's compulsory for your employer to contribute 9.50 per cent of your salary to your super fund. This amount is set to rise to 12 per cent by 2025/26 – a great Government initiative to help Australians save for their retirement.

Tax benefits and contributing more to super

There are a number of tax benefits associated with contributing more to super, so there's limits to the amount you can contribute each year. These limits or 'contributions caps' change from time-to-time so it's important to be aware of these limits if you chose to contribute more to super.

For more information refer to our Financial planning guides.

Accessing your super

Super savings are specifically for your retirement so there are restrictions on when you can access your money. In most circumstances, you can access your super money when you reach your 'preservation age'. Refer to the preservation age table below.

What's your preservation age?

Your preservation age depends on the year you were born as you can see from the table below.

Date of birth Preservation age
Before July 1960  55
1 July 1960 – 30 June 1961 56
1 July 1961 – 30 June 1962 57
1 July 1962 – 30 June 1963 58
1 July 1963 – 30 June 1964 59
After 30 June 1964 60

When you retire, after you reach your preservation age, you can choose to take your money in the form of a pension payment or a lump sum payment. Under the current laws, when you retire and after you turn 60, the benefits you receive from a taxed super fund are tax-free.

 

For a deeper understanding of super check out our video Getting to know your super.

How a financial planner can help

There are many strategies that you can use to boost your super and make the most of the tax benefits. You can take a look at our Guides on Superannuation or make an appointment with a Bridges financial planner.