Are Superannuation Funds Government Guaranteed?

Understanding Superannuation in Australia

Superannuation, or “super”, is a retirement savings system in Australia. Your employer generally makes employer contributions into your super fund, these contributions are invested into market linked investments and become available at retirement.

Superannuation Guarantee

Superannuation Guarantee (SG) is a government initiative that requires employers to pay a certain percentage of an employee’s salary into a superannuation fund. These contributions are designed to ensure you have money set aside for retirement.

Is Superannuation Government Guaranteed?

While the government mandates employer contributions through super, it’s important to note that superannuation funds themselves are not government guaranteed. This means that the investment performance and the final benefit payable from the superannuation fund are not guaranteed by the government.

Risks and Considerations

Like any investment, superannuation comes with risks. The value of your superannuation can go up or down depending on factors such as investment returns and fees. It’s important to understand these risks and consider your own risk tolerance when making decisions about your super.

In Summary

While superannuation plays a crucial role in retirement planning, it’s important to remember that super funds are not government guaranteed. This underscores the importance of making informed decisions about your super and seeking professional advice.

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Please note that this article is intended to provide general information only and does not take into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs. You should assess whether the information is appropriate for you and seek professional advice before making any investment decision.

This information is true and correct as of 29 June 2024, prior to making any changes we recommend you read the above Government resources and seek Financial Advice prior to making any changes.