Super for employers

MoneySmart
(ASIC)

As an employer, you have to select a default super fund to make super guarantee payments for your employees who have not chosen their own fund.

Here we explain how to choose a super fund for your employees.

What the super fund you choose must offer

The fund you choose needs to be a fund that is authorised to offer a MySuper product – these are known as ’employer-nominated’ or ‘default funds’.

For more detail on your super obligations as an employer see the Australian Taxation Office’s article on setting up super.

Comparing super funds for your employees

Industrial awards

When selecting a super fund start by checking the industrial awards applicable to your employees. There may be particular funds listed as default funds for your industry under an award.

Fees

Check the fees your employees will be charged by the fund. Low fees are generally good, but you should look at what your employees will get for their money.

Investment options

MySuper products must have a diversified investment strategy. Risks, returns and fees can vary. For example, a MySuper product that has high fees and high performance might offer a very aggressive asset allocation and take risks to get those returns.

Consider the types of employees you have in the business. For example, if the average age of your employees is under 30 you might look for a more aggressive fund.

A fund that offers a MySuper product may also offer a range of other different investment options, such as cash or shares. Your employees may find it helpful to have access to these options if they want to change their investment mix at a later stage. Some MySuper products provide a lifecycle approach to super where the investment mix changes as members get older.

See our MySuper webpage to understand the difference between a single diversified investment strategy and a lifecycle approach.

Performance

Pick a fund that has performed well over (at least) the last 5 years. Do not chase last year’s best performer. The fund may have higher fees but strong performance might justify the expense.

Insurance

MySuper products must offer insurance on an ‘opt -out’ basis. Consider the cost and what your employees get for their money. Cheap insurance cover may have significant exclusions. For example, casual or part-time workers may not be adequately covered. Conversely, paying more for insurance can affect super balances. You need to weigh up the pros and cons.

Extra benefits

What else does the fund offer? Some super funds offer educational seminars and advice. Does the super fund have a good website that helps you find information easily?

Beware super funds offering incentives

Superannuation laws mean incentives generally can’t be offered to employers that could influence their choice of a default super fund. Incentives could take any form, and include cor