How to grow your super
While you’re working, your employer contributes a minimum of 9.5% of your salary into your super account. This is known as the Superannuation Guarantee (SG).
While these SG contributions help your super to grow, they may not be enough for you to afford a comfortable retirement. A recent study by ASFA1 shows that Australians face a major shortfall in retirement if they only rely on their employer's super contributions.
- For retirees aged 65 to 85, a single person needs around $837 and a couple $1,150 a week for a comfortable retirement.
- For retirees aged over 85, a single person needs around $753 and a couple $1,057 a week for a comfortable retirement.
If you want to have enough money to pay for things like private health insurance, internet at home, running your car, going out for dinner and taking holidays, you probably need to take steps towards growing your super.
Ways to grow your super
There are many ways you can grow your super and it’s probably easier than you might have thought. The earlier you start, the more chance you’ll have to make an impact on your retirement savings. You can:
- Make extra contributions. Contribute your own money to super by making regular before-tax or after-tax contributions, one-off lump-sum payments or by contributing to your spouse's super.
- Take advantage of the Commonwealth Government Super Co-contribution. If you’re eligible, this initiative could help grow your super by matching up to 50% your personal after-tax contributions, up to $500.
- Find out if you’re eligible for the low-income superannuation tax offset (LISTO).This is another type of Commonwealth Government super payment to help you save for your retirement if you’re a low income earner.
- Combine your super. You can transfer other super funds you have into one account and save on fees.
- Find lost super. You might have lost track of some of your super from past jobs. We can help you find it so you can combine it with your current super.
If you’d like to find out more about what kind of retirement you might be able to afford, and how much extra you could save each week to grow your super, take a look at our range of online tools and calculators.
Gold State Super and extra contributions
If you’re a Gold State Super member, you can make extra contributions (above your maximum Average Contribution Rate) into a separate West State Super or GESB Super account.
1 The Association of Super Funds of Australia (ASFA), Retirement Standard, March quarter 2017.
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