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CommBank Essential Super: Performance, features and fees

CommBank's Lifestage investment option is a MySuper product that invests your super in line with your age. This product is closed to new members, but existing members can still manage your account online.

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CommBank Essential Super is currently closed to new members, so if you don't yet have an account you're unable to join the fund. However, if you're already a member of CommBank Essential Super you can still keep your existing account and manage it online, and you can switch investment options at any time.

CommBank Essential Super options

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Name Last 1 year performance (p.a.) Last 3 year performance (p.a.) Last 5 year performance (p.a.) Last 10 year performance (p.a.) Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
Commonwealth Essential Super - Lifestage
Lifestage
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+15.83%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
+7.27%
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
+7.26%
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
+7.59%
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$380
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Commonwealth Essential Super - 1945-49 Lifestage
Lifestage
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+9.82%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
+4.01%
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
+4.04%
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
+4.71%
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$395
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Commonwealth Essential Super - 1955-59 Lifestage
Lifestage
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+9.84%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
+4.01%
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
+4%
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$395
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Commonwealth Essential Super - 1960-64 Lifestage
Lifestage
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+10.14%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
+4.14%
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
+4.43%
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
+5.69%
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$395
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Commonwealth Essential Super - 1965-69 Lifestage
Lifestage
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+14.26%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
+6.49%
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
+6.34%
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$385
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Commonwealth Essential Super - 1975-79 Lifestage
Lifestage
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+17.17%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
+7.87%
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
+7.63%
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$375
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Commonwealth Essential Super - 1980-84 Lifestage
Lifestage
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+17.6%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
+8.04%
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
+7.83%
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
+7.9%
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$375
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Commonwealth Essential Super - 1985-89 Lifestage
Lifestage
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+17.81%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
+8.14%
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
+7.84%
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$375
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Commonwealth Essential Super - 1990-94 Lifestage
Lifestage
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+17.7%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
+8.14%
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
+7.92%
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
+8.01%
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$370
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Commonwealth Essential Super - 1995-99 Lifestage
Lifestage
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+17.7%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
+8.17%
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
+7.96%
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$370
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Commonwealth Essential Super - 2000-04 Lifestage
Lifestage
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+17.74%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
+8.24%
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
+8.02%
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$380
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Commonwealth Essential Super - Australian Shares Index
Higher risk
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+13.82%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
+9.57%
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
+8.96%
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
+8.24%
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$145
Commonwealth Essential Super - Balanced Index
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+11.47%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$155
Commonwealth Essential Super - Cash Deposit
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+4.03%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
+2.16%
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
+1.49%
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
+1.52%
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$80
Commonwealth Essential Super - Global Property Securities Index
Higher risk
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+5.65%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$160
Commonwealth Essential Super - Global Shares Index
Higher risk
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+23.16%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$160
Commonwealth Essential Super - High Growth Index
Higher risk
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+15.21%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$155
Commonwealth Essential Super - Lifestage 2005-09
Higher risk
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+17.96%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$375
Commonwealth Essential Super - Thrive+ Sustainable Growth
Last 1 year performance (p.a.)
+14.38%
Last 3 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Last 5 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Last 10 year performance (p.a.)
N/A
Fees on $50k balance (p.a.)
$595
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Unless indicated otherwise, the information in the table is based on data provided by SuperRatings Pty Limited ABN 95 100 192 283, Australian Financial Services Licence 311880.

*Past performance data and fee data is for the period ending Mar 2024

Key things to know about CommBank Essential Super

  • MySuper product. The default Lifestage option is a registered MySuper product.
  • Lifestage investment option. The Lifestage investment option does all the work for you, investing your balance in a mix of assets appropriate for your age.
  • Four ways to invest. Members can choose from four different ways to invest their super balance.
  • Not accepting new members. This fund isn't accepting new members, only existing members can keep their super unvested with CommBank Essential Super.

CommBank Essential Super investment options

If you didn't make a choice when joining the fund, you would have been placed in the Lifestage option, which is the default MySuper product. This option invests your super in a diversified portfolio that's appropriate for your age and stage of life. The fund managers will adjust your asset allocations each four to five years, so your portfolio moves from higher risk when you're young to more conservative as you approach retirement.

Here's an example:

Investment option Risk level Target asset allocation

Lifestage 1975-79

(This is what you'd be invested in if you were born between 1975 to 1979)

High
  • Cash: 2%
  • Fixed interest: 6%
  • Property, infrastructure and multi-asset: 20%
  • Australian shares: 36%
  • Global shares: 36%

The asset allocation will change slightly depending on what year you were born.

What default insurance cover does CommBank Essential Super offer?

All members will receive default Death and Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) cover when joining. You can choose to opt out of insurance when joining or any time after joining.

How do I join CommBank Essential Super?

CommBank Essential Super isn't available for any new members to join. Existing members can still switch between the different investment options available and adjust their insurance cover.

If you're looking for a new super fund to join, take a look at our super funds comparison instead to see the available funds.

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    CKAugust 10, 2023

    Hi !
    I am not aware of the troubles with the poor performaning & miserable Combank Essential Super, my I know how to switch over to another super such as Hostplus ?
    Thank You
    TEE

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    NavneetNovember 1, 2017

    Hi there. Actually I wanna claim my essential super and I just wanna know my essential super fund number. Can u please help me to find out? Thanks.

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      JhezelynNovember 1, 2017Finder

      Hi Navneet,

      Thank you for your comment.

      To claim, please contact Commonwealth Bank of Australia for Essential Super or visit the nearest branch.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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