You may have heard talk in the news about changes to super, including terms like ‘stapling’, performance tests and comparison tools. They’re all part of the Your Future, Your Super (YFYS) package that the Federal Government has introduced.
What is it and why was it introduced?
The Government introduced these changes with the aim of improving super for everyone by:
- making sure your super fund follows you if you change jobs
- measuring funds on their performance
- providing a tool to help you choose the right fund for you, and
- ensuring that super funds always act in your best financial interests.
So how will my super fund follow me?
Stapling means your super fund will automatically move with you if you change jobs – effectively being ‘stapled’ to you.
Under the previous system, your super was usually paid into the fund your employer chose for you (called their ‘default’ fund). So, if you’ve changed jobs, it’s likely that you’ve had a new account opened for you with a different super fund each time.
With the new stapling system, the fund that’s currently receiving your super contributions will be the one that follows you when you change jobs unless you tell your employer otherwise.
Annual performance test for super funds
All super funds now undergo an annual performance test which measures the net investment returns of MySuper products (like our default Balanced investment option) against benchmarks. Funds that fail the test two years in a row will need to take steps to address their performance issues before they sign up any new members to their MySuper product.
We’re pleased to report that we've passed the inaugural MySuper performance test conducted by the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA). The test places greater emphasis on a fund’s longer-term results. Our default Balanced (MySuper) option is ranked the number one option over rolling 10 and 20-year periods¹.
YourSuper comparison tool
Another measure that was introduced is a YourSuper comparison tool on the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website, where you can compare your super fund’s performance to other funds.
The great news is that as a Hostplus member, you’re already in one of the top-performing funds with a history of strong long-term returns.
Funds should always act in your best financial interests
As part of the YFYS package, all super funds are required to act in the best financial interests of their members, something Hostplus has always done.
We’re well placed to meet these requirements, which includes providing you with clearer information in our annual reports and at annual member meetings about how we manage your retirement savings.
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The information in this article is correct as at time of publication.
1. Source: SuperRatings Accumulation Fund Crediting Rate Survey – SR50 Balanced (60-76) Index, August 2023. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance and should never be the sole factor considered when selecting a superannuation fund.
This information is general advice only and does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider if this information is appropriate for you in light of your circumstances before acting on it. Please read the relevant Hostplus Product Disclosure Statement (PDS), available at hostplus.com.au/pds before making a decision about Hostplus. For a description of the target market, please read the Target Market Determination (TMD), available at hostplus.com.au/ddo.
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