The benefits of consolidating your super
Things to consider before consolidating your super
Do your homework
To ensure that you’re consolidating your super into a fund that meets your performance and fee expectations, we recommend you assess the reputation and historical performance of a prospective new fund, as well as review its fees before leaving your existing fund.
Check your super fund
There are two general types of superannuation funds – accumulation or defined benefit funds. Seek advice before leaving a defined benefit fund as you could risk losing some inbuilt advantages (such as a guaranteed income) that may not be available with an accumulation fund.
Don't forget insurance cover
You may have death, income protection or total and permanent disablement (TPD) insurance tied to your existing super account. If you change funds, you may not have access to the same cover, especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions.
Verify employee contributions
Changing funds may affect how much super your employer contributes as some employers may pay more to one fund than another.
Consider tax implications
There may be tax implications when you consolidate your super. For example, if you want to claim a tax deduction for super contributions, you should lodge a notice of intent to claim a tax deduction with your original fund before moving money into another fund.
Seek financial advice
Combining your super can be a significant financial decision. If you decide to combine all or part of your other super account(s), carefully consider how this may have an impact on your existing insurance cover, contribution, and tax arrangements. We recommend that you seek financial and or tax advice before deciding whether to combine your super accounts to ensure that your objectives, needs and personal circumstances are considered.
Consolidating your super in three easy steps
If you are a member and have an open account, consolidating your super into one Mercer Super Trust account is simple. Just follow these three steps.
1. Go to the 'Find my Super' page on Member Online (please note, you'll be asked to log in first once you click the link).
2. If you have not used this feature of your account before, you will need to authenticate your identity online by providing the details of two forms of identification from the below list:
- Australian passport
- Australian driving licence
- Foreign passport (linked to an Australian visa)
- Medicare card
- Centrelink concessional card
- Citizenship certificate.
3. We will be able to find any super you may have, including lost super, and consolidate it across to your Mercer Super Trust account.
If you’re not a member of the Mercer Super Trust, you can sign up and once your account is active you can search for any other super accounts and consolidate in minutes.
Alternatively, call us and we can search for any other super accounts you may have. We can even consolidate them into your Mercer Super account over the phone. If you’re unsure of your other account details, our team can search for any other accounts you may have.
Before calling, please ensure you have two forms of identification on hand such as a drivers license, passport or Medicare card. Our team will use the details you provide to help locate any other accounts you may have.
You can use our phone-based consolidation service by calling our Helpline on 1800 682 525, Monday to Friday, 8am-7pm (AEST/AEDT).
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