2024 ‘super’ resolutions!
As one year ends and a new one begins, it’s a great time to review and reset—here’s how to do that with your super in three easy steps.
By Emma Barrett - 3 min read
A little about Emma
Emma is the Director, Member Services for Russell Investments. She is responsible for the development and delivery of the member proposition, focusing on encouraging members to engage with their super so that they achieve better retirement outcomes.
The end of the year is always a great time to reflect on the months gone by and plan for what might lie ahead. It’s a time to make resolutions, to act and to change for the better. This holds true for all aspects of our lives—including our superannuation.
But before we move on, it’s useful to pause and take stock. When thinking about super, it’s worth recapping the basics, such as:
What is super?
Put simply, super is your money. It’s compulsory, tax-effective savings. In general, your employer must contribute 11% of your wages into your super fund (rising to 11.5% from July 1, 2024), where it stays and builds up until you retire.
What is super for?
The aim of super is to ensure you save for your retirement. The idea is that when you retire, your accumulated super savings will provide you with an income in retirement, alongside government support.
Many Australians will find that by retirement, superannuation is their largest asset—or perhaps second largest after their home—so it’s well worth resolving to take an interest in your super.
Resolutions for your super in three simple steps
New year’s resolutions always begin with the best of intentions, but they can be difficult to keep unless they’re straightforward and achievable.
With that in mind, you might want to look for some quick wins. To get you started, here are three simple super resolutions you can easily keep.
|Read your member statement
Annual member statements are usually sent out from September onwards, so if you didn’t read it in detail when you received it, now is the time to do so.
Your member statement is a key source of information about your account. It maps out the details of your super, insurance and investments, including its performance over the year. It’s a great place to get a snapshot of your current position.
You would have received an email notification to let you know your member statement is available in your online account, or you would have received it directly in the mail.
|Read your communications
Your member statement gives you an annual snapshot of your super account. But things may change throughout the year.
Often, before any changes are put into action, we will communicate with you about what’s going to happen. It’s always important to read these communications to make sure you have a clear understanding of upcoming changes. For example, most members1 were sent an important notice recently about changes to our investment menu that will come into effect on 14 December 2023. These changes may better meet your needs, or they may not—but you’ll never know unless you read the notice.
Our communications can also help you to better understand what services are available to you as a member, or you can use them as timely reminders and prompts on when you need to take action as they contain useful and practical information (like your Zest! emails!).
|Log into your account
The communications your fund sends you will help you understand where you’re at and what’s available. But one of the easiest ways to find out more about your super and interact with your fund is to log into your account.
If you have any issues, just give us a call.
Once you’ve logged in, you can view more information about your super—and knowledge is power when it comes to planning ahead. Your online account also allows you to transact and manage your super—and access tools to set a retirement income goal, track your progress, find your other super and easily combine your super accounts. Using these features could help you to take your new year’s resolutions to the next level when you’re ready.
Starting small and simple with these three easy steps will help get you going. You can build momentum from there to set yourself up for a truly ‘super’ new year.
1. Excluding Defined Benefit members with no Member Investment Choice and Harwood Pension members.
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