How to change Super funds quickly and easily in 2021

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This tutorial on Superannuation explains how to quickly and easily change Super funds.

The easiest way to find all of your lost superannuation accounts is to head to the website and link your account to the Australian Tax Office, or ATO. Then, you can transfer your old super balance to your new super fund on the website.

Alternatively, you can authorise a super fund to do it for you, or use the Rollover Form found on the ATO website. If you use the form, you’ll need to provide certified identification to prove that you’re the one transferring your Super.

Why change funds?

You may want to choose another super fund because it will result in lower fees, or if the old fund’s performance isn’t good enough. Remember, one or two bad years may not tell you everything you need to know about your super fund’s performance, so consider using its five-year performance record.

Over the long-term, even slightly lower fees and better performance can make a huge difference to your wealth, thanks to the power of compound interest.

Things to consider before you switch super funds

Before you transfer your super, it is vital to consider:

  • Which super fund your employer is currently paying your contributions into. Before you make the switch, let them know which super fund you intend to go with because it may affect your contributions.
  • Your existing insurance cover. When you change super funds you may lose insurance cover like life insurance or income protection.
  • Any exit fees you’ll have to pay to leave your old super fund, and contribution fees for your new fund.

Finally, before you make the switch, be sure to compare the new super fund with two other similar funds. You might find there are even better options.

The future you will thank-you for shopping around!

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Owen Raszkiewicz

Owen Raszkiewicz

Owen is the Founder of Rask Australia, Lead Investment Analyst for Rask Invest and head educator at Rask Education. Prior to founding Rask, Owen was an investment analyst at the highly regarded managed funds research business Zenith Investment Partners and a Writer/Analyst for The Motley Fool Australia. Owen’s formal qualifications include a Master of Applied Finance and Master of Financial Planning from Kaplan Professional, Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems) from Swinburne University of Technology, Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) and Diploma of Mortgage Broking Management. He's also completed level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.

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