Tip 1: Keep your super all in one place

Previously, in your teen years it’s likely you worked a couple of different jobs and didn’t pay too much attention to your super. If you still have multiple super accounts from this time, consider bringing them all together to keep track of your super easier and avoid paying multiple account fees which erodes your balance.1

To search and consolidate your super visit MyGov.

If your employer is making employer contributions to another superannuation fund and you would like them to make the contributions into Essential Super, share your super account details with your employer simply by logging onto the CommBank app or NetBank > select Essential Super > Share your details

Tip 2: Take advantage of government initiatives

Depending on your income, you may be eligible for up to $500 a year in government co-contributions when you make personal (after-tax) contributions to your super fund. See more about government co-contributions.

By law your employer is generally required to put 10% of your gross salary into your super account. If you choose to make extra pre-tax super contributions (for example salary sacrifice contributions) you may save tax.2

Pre-tax contributions into your super are, for most people, taxed at a rate of 15%, which may be less than your marginal tax rate. Check out ASIC’s MoneySmart website for a simple to use calculator that can really help you optimise your contributions.

See more information from the Australian Government on contribution caps and thresholds.

Find out how you can make a contribution into your Essential Super account.

Tip 3: Look at insurance options

Getting insurance through your super can be a cost effective way to get coverage if you think this is something you need.

With Essential Super, we offer Death as well as Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) cover for members with your premiums paid out of the money in your super account.

From 1 April 2020, super funds can only set up insurance automatically in your super if you are aged 25 and over and have a balance of $6,000 or more. However you have the option to opt into obtaining insurance coverage.

Insurance is optional and it’s a good idea to check whether you have insurance in your super. If you do, review your insurance including the level of cover and premiums to make sure it’s right for you. You may want to consider insurance options that are outside your super as well.

It’s important to read through the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Reference Guide closely so you know exactly what you’re getting.

ASIC’s MoneySmart website also explains what type of life insurance cover members can get through their super, as well as things to consider with each type of insurance cover.

To review your insurance options, log on to NetBank > Essential Super > Insurance.

Tip 4: Review your Investment Options

How your super is invested can make a difference to its performance and balance by the time you retire. Typically, growth assets like property and shares have higher returns than defensive assets like cash and fixed interest, but carry more risk. Most investment options in super funds have a mix of both growth and defensive assets. Your super balance may go up and down when markets fluctuate from time to time so it’s a good idea to review and make sure you’re comfortable with the type of investment options selected in your super. With Essential Super, your money is automatically invested in one of our Lifestage options based on your age. Over 90%3 of our members are in this option. Our Lifestage investment options have been designed to give more exposure to growth at a younger age and get more defensive as members get older. Your investment mix is adjusted as you grow older.

To see how your super is invested, log into NetBank > select Essential Super > Investments

Our Investment Fact Sheets will show you a short summary of the all of the available investment options, the strategy and its performance over time.

Things you should know

1Before you make a decision on consolidating your super, you should compare the costs, fees, risks and benefits of your other super funds against Essential Super. It makes sense to consider whether you can replace any insurance cover you may lose upon rolling over, potential costs for withdrawing from other super funds as well as any investment or tax implications. You should also decide which super fund you want your employer to pay your future employer contributions to and complete a Super Choice form if necessary.

2Contribution caps apply

3 As at 30 June 2021

Colonial First State Investments Limited ABN 98 002 348 352, AFSL 232468 (CFSIL) is the issuer of interests in Commonwealth Essential Super ABN 56 601 925 435 (Essential Super). Colonial First State (CFS) is Superannuation and Investments HoldCo Pty Limited ABN 64 644 660 882 and its subsidiaries which include CFSIL. Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 (the Bank) holds a significant minority interest in CFSIL. The content on this page is issued by CFSIL and may include general financial product advice but does not consider your individual objectives, financial circumstances or needs. The Target Market Determinations (TMD) for our financial products can be found at www.cfs.com.au/tmd and include a description of who the financial product is appropriate for, and any conditions on how products can be distributed to customers. You should read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and the Reference Guide for Essential Super carefully and consider whether the information is appropriate for you before making any decision regarding this product. Read the PDS and Reference Guide, or call us on 13 4074 for a copy. Neither the Bank, CFS, nor any of their respective subsidiaries guarantee the performance of Essential Super or the repayment of capital. An investment in this product is subject to risk, loss of income and capital invested. An investment in Essential Super is via a superannuation trust and is therefore not an investment in, deposit with or other liability of the Bank or its subsidiaries. Where we mention ‘we’, ‘us’ or ‘our’, we mean CFSIL.

The insurance provider is AIA Australia Limited ABN 79 004 837 861 AFSL 230043 (AIA Australia). AIA Australia is not part of the Commonwealth Bank Group. The insurance cover is provided under policies issued to the Trustee.