How can I... take control of my super?

Meet Gita1:
  • 32 years old
  • Earns $82,700 p.a.
  • Accumulation 2 member
  • Makes 7% standard member contributions from after-tax salary
  • Super invested in Balanced option
  • Has just bought her first home
  • Receives a 3% pay increase on 1 January 2018

Gita has never given much thought to her super: she’s gone with the default arrangements.

Recently, however, she attended a ‘Women and Super’ seminar at her campus and it has motivated her to review her super arrangements. In particular, Gita wants to ensure she has the right contributions strategy and investment option.

Gita visits her UniSuper On-campus Consultant, who organises a telephone appointment for Gita with a UniSuper financial adviser. During the initial consultation with the adviser they discuss Gita’s financial situation, including the recent purchase of her first home with her partner. The discussion also covers Gita’s income requirements, long-term goals and investment preferences.

A week or so after the call, the adviser emails Gita a Statement of Advice, which they then review during a second call. This Statement outlines the adviser’s recommendations regarding Gita’s contributions to her super and her investment choice. Gita and the adviser confirm that she is an Aggressive Investor, with plenty of time to ride out the volatility that comes with investing in growth assets. They also discuss the benefits, for Gita, of making standard contributions from before-tax salary via ‘salary sacrifice’. This will increase Gita’s net income, without reducing her super contributions. Gita is thrilled that she’ll be able to use the additional income to increase her mortgage repayments.

The adviser explains that the investment advice he has provided should be valid for around five years, unless something significant changes in Gita’s life. Still, he recommends that she stay on top of her super by reading Super Informed and studying her benefit statements.

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How Gita came out $1,0072 ahead in the first year

+ $1,517  in additional take-home pay

  • The adviser recommended Gita change her 7% after-tax contributions to 8.25% before-tax contributions.
- $510  fee for advice on two issues (contributions and investment strategy). A face to face meeting may be available at an additional cost of $120.
  • The fee for advice was deducted from Gita’s super because it was superannuation-related.

1. Gita is a hypothetical member, but the relevant facts are based on a real member.   2. All figures provided, including this figure, are based on the specific factual circumstances detailed in this scenario. The amounts are not guaranteed and will vary depending on your specific circumstances. Figures may be rounded. These calculations are based on legislation applicable in the 2017-18 tax year.

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