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What is MySuper?

A MySuper fund is a low-cost, simple superannuation fund product. A MySuper product is usually the default super product offered by superannuation funds to members, and it's where the majority of Australians have their super invested.

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What is MySuper?

MySuper is a type of superannuation account, and is usually the default option offered by Australian super funds. This means when you join a super fund you'll automatically be placed in the fund's MySuper investment option, unless you choose to be in a different option.

All Australian employers have a default super fund for employees who don't already have their own super fund, or who don't want to choose a super fund themselves. MySuper is a government initiative to provide simple super products for employers to choose as their default fund for employees. MySuper options have basic features and fee structures allowing members to compare funds easily based on cost, investment performance and insurance.

The idea of MySuper products is that they are low-cost, simple products without any confusing investment options or special features that are hard to understand. MySuper products are offered by both retail super funds and industry super funds as an investment option alongside their existing investment options.

The features of MySuper

MySuper typically have the following features:

  • Low fees (although some are much higher than others, so you still need to compare)
  • Simple features
  • Simple, default insurance options which you can easily opt out of if you wish
  • A single diversified investment option, or
  • A lifecycle investment option based on your age
  • Investment strategy that isn't too high-growth, or too conservative

MySuper investment options

There are two main investment options offered by MySuper products; a diversified investment portfolio or a lifecycle strategy that invests based on your age.

Lifecycle investment option

With this option, your super is invested according to your age. For example when you're young your super will be invested in more high-risk growth assets like local and international shares, because you have more time to ride out any market volatility. If you're older (for example in your 50s) your super will be invested in more low-risk options like term deposits and bonds.

This is a good set-and-forget investment strategy because it will be adjusted for you as you get older, to make sure it's invested appropriately. This means you won't have to think about your super until you're looking to retire, which is appealing for a lot of people who don't want the stress of managing their super.

Single diversified investment option

This investment option offers one single diversified portfolio (diversified simply means it's got a mix of different assets, such as shares, property, infrastructure, fixed interest and cash). This option doesn't invest in line with your age, but is still managed on your behalf and continually adjusted. A lot of these investment options will allocate about 70% of your super balance to growth assets (higher risk, but higher return assets like shares) and about 30% to defensive assets (like cash products). They're usually called 'Growth' or 'Balanced' options.

It's likely that the super fund you've currently got your super balance in is a MySuper fund, but just isn't named as such. Here are some examples of popular super funds and their default MySuper option.

Super fundMySuper product
AustralianSuperAustralianSuper Balanced
Australian Ethical SuperAustralian Ethical Super Balanced
HostplusHostplus Balanced
SunsuperSunsuper Lifecycle Balanced
REST SuperREST Super Core Strategy
UniSuperUniSuper Balanced

Compare super funds

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Name Product 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.)

Virgin Money Super - LifeStage Tracker

Virgin Money Super - LifeStage Tracker
+17.29%
+13.78%
+10.07%
New Fund
$392
This is a high-risk investment option that aims to deliver higher returns over the long term.

Virgin Money Super LifeStage Tracker is a lifestage super product, so your mix of investments will be continually readjusted in line with your age. This means you'll be invested in more growth assets while you're young.

HESTA Balanced Growth

HESTA Balanced Growth
+14.54%
+10.74%
+9.07%
+9.69%
$528
HESTA is an industry super fund for the health and community services sector and open to all Australians. The Balanced Growth fund invests in a mix of asset classes without taking on too much, or too little, risk.

Australian Retirement Trust (formerly Sunsuper for Life) - Lifecycle Balanced Pool

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Australian Retirement Trust (formerly Sunsuper for Life) -  Lifecycle Balanced Pool
+16.31%
+11.45%
+9.58%
+10.14%
$557
Sunsuper and QSuper have merged to create Australian Retirement Trust, one of Australia's largest super funds with more than 2 million members. Its Lifecycle Balanced product invests your super in a mix of growth assets, and reduces your risk when you're near retirement.

AustralianSuper - Pre-mixed, Balanced option

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AustralianSuper - Pre-mixed, Balanced option
+15.02%
+12.42%
+10.31%
+10.66%
$472
AustralianSuper is an award-winning industry super fund and the largest super fund in Australia. The Balanced fund invests in a mix of different assets like shares, property and cash.

Australian Ethical Super Balanced

Green Company
Australian Ethical Super Balanced
+13.19%
+12.82%
+9.71%
+9.78%
$622
Certified by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia.
Australian Ethical seeks to invest in companies that have a positive impact on the planet, people and animals, such as renewable energy and healthcare while avoiding investments in coal, oil, tobacco and gambling.

QSuper Lifetime - Aspire 1

QSuper Lifetime - Aspire 1
+12.67%
+10.33%
+9.03%
New Fund
$385
QSuper is part of Australian Retirement Trust. QSuper Lifetime automatically adjusts your investment mix in line with your age and your Lifetime account balance. Eligibility criteria and conditions apply to open a QSuper account (refer to 'More Info').

Aware Super High Growth

Aware Super High Growth
+18.15%
+14.45%
+11.63%
+11.83%
$694
This is a high-risk investment option that aims to deliver higher returns over the long term.
If you join Aware Super's default MySuper Lifecycle option your super will be invested in the High Growth option while you're under 55, giving more exposure to local and international shares.

Australian Catholic Super Lifetime - Grow

Australian Catholic Super Lifetime - Grow
+13.2%
+10.02%
New Fund
New Fund
$488
A Catholic super fund open to all Australians and designed for people working in Catholic education, healthcare or aged care.The Lifetime One fund option changes your investment mix as you get older.

AustralianSuper - Socially Aware

AustralianSuper - Socially Aware
+14.97%
+10.9%
+9.05%
+10.1%
$501
The AustralianSuper Socially Aware option doesn't invest in Australian or international companies that directly own coal and fossil fuel reserves, produce tobacco or those which have single-gender boards.

Bendigo SmartStart Super - Growth Index

Bendigo SmartStart Super - Growth Index
+14.46%
+12.38%
+9.08%
+10.4%
$338
Bendigo SmartStart is a retail super fund. The Growth Index Fund is the default MySuper option for members under 55.

Kogan Super - Enhanced Indexed Growth

Kogan Super - Enhanced Indexed Growth
+14.81%
New Fund
New Fund
New Fund
$332
Kogan Super offers low-fee, high-performing indexed investment options that are managed by Mercer, Australia's largest super administrator. The Enhanced Indexed Growth product invests around two thirds of your balance into Australian and global shares.

Australian Catholic Super Bonds

Australian Catholic Super Bonds
-1.66%
+3.98%
+3.87%
+3.83%
$278

Australian Catholic Super Conservative

Australian Catholic Super Conservative
+6.86%
+6.56%
+5.55%
+6.17%
$463

Australian Catholic Super Conservative Balanced

Australian Catholic Super Conservative Balanced
+10.43%
+8.31%
+6.77%
+7.47%
$478

Australian Catholic Super Growth

Australian Catholic Super Growth
+15.54%
+11.3%
New Fund
New Fund
$488
This is a high-risk investment option that aims to deliver higher returns over the long term.

Australian Ethical Super Australian Shares

Green Company
Australian Ethical Super Australian Shares
+14.35%
+20.21%
+13.81%
+15.36%
$842
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The information in the table is based on data provided by Chant West Pty Ltd (AFSL 255320) which is itself supplied by third parties. While such information is believed to be accurate, Chant West does not accept responsibility for any inaccuracy in such information. Chant West’s Financial Services Guide is available at https://www.chantwest.com.au/financial-services-guide . Finder offers no guarantees or warranties about the data and we recommend that users make their own enquiries before relying on this information. Performance, fees and insurance data is based on each fund's default MySuper product. Where the performance, fees and insurance data for the MySuper fund vary according to the member's age, results for individuals between 40-49 years of age have been shown. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

*Past performance and fee data is for the period ending December 2021.

Disclaimer: Performance, fees and insurance data is based on each fund's default MySuper product. Where the performance, fees and insurance data for the MySuper fund vary according to the member's age, results for individuals between 40-49 years of age have been shown. This article is general advice. You should consider your own personal circumstances before deciding if a superannuation product is right for you. Superannuation is a long term investment and past performance is not indicative of future performance.


The pros and cons of MySuper

Pros:

  • Lifecycle investment strategy is a great set-and-forget option.
  • MySuper must offer a standard level of life and Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) insurance.
  • MySuper is easy understand, and simple to use and manage.
  • MySuper should have lower fees than standard retail super funds

Cons:

  • Some critics say MySuper places too much emphasis on low fees and not enough on performance.
  • If you want to be very 'hands-on' with your super this option might not be for you

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    DarrenAugust 22, 2019

    What is the difference between MYSUPER and a regular BALANCED fund?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JeniAugust 23, 2019Staff

      Hi Darren,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      A balanced fund is a type of investment option while MySuper is one of the superannuation options for Australians. Your fund’s various investment options may contain the same types of assets, but at a different weighting and to suit the level of risk you are comfortable with. You can learn more about the balanced funds.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    PaulMay 19, 2017

    I wish to compare the % return on my allocated pension accounts with you, with my “locked up ” account with BT.
    All the years from 2009 onwards please. Also is the annual charge still $400 , in fact , what are the total annual costs with my cbus and , if relevant , when did they change.
    (I intend fighting Westpac and wish to hi-lite what’s available compared with their awful costs and financial adviser performance.)
    Thank you in anticipation.

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      MayMay 30, 2017Staff

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you for reaching out. Please note that you’ve come through to finder.com.au – a financial comparison website and general information service designed to help consumers make better decisions. We do not offer super funds and we are not affiliated with any company we feature on our site so we can only offer general advice.

      I’m afraid we do not have that information you are looking for. Is your account with Cbus? If so, please contact them directly if you’d like to compare the return on your allocated pension and all other fees and charges as well as the changes on your account.

      In case, you can also find super funds available for you on our website. You can also read more details on industry super funds.

      Alternatively, you can speak to a financial adviser who can help you manage your super.

      Cheers,
      May

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