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A super fund is a long-term investment designed to help you to save money during your working life to support your lifestyle in retirement.
Contributions made to your super accumulate during your working life and are invested in a range of investment assets, such as cash, fixed interest, shares, property and alternative investments.
Profits from these investments, both income and capital growth, are reinvested to increase the value of your super.
Once you have met a 'condition of release', generally when you reach your ‘preservation’ age and have permanently retired from the workforce, you will be able to:
All contributions paid into a super fund are preserved until you have met a condition of release such as reaching your preservation age and being retired from the workforce.
In other limited circumstances you may be able to access your super benefit, for example under financial hardship, or if you become totally and permanently disabled.
Your super will most likely be the second largest asset you will have in your life, after the family home. If you don’t take care of it during your working life, you may find that you don’t have enough money when you reach retirement.
And if you’re thinking of relying on the Government to support you, you may want to think again. According to the ASFA Retirement Standard, the current Government Age Pension doesn’t provide enough income to fund a comfortable retirement, as shown in the table below.