Superannuation: Your money, your choice

When starting a new job your employer may ask you to fill out a super choice form, which tells them where to pay your super.

Now, more than ever, members have more choices as to where their super is paid, which is why it’s important you make sure you know who your employer is paying it to.

Have a say in your super

Depending on your situation, there are a number of scenarios that may apply. To make it easy for you, we’ve broken them down so you can select the one that’s right for you.

Your employer's default fund is Mercer Super Trust

  • You don't yet have a Mercer Super Trust account

    Your employer uses Mercer Super Trust as their default fund and you don’t yet have a Mercer Super Trust account

    By filling out, signing and returning the super choice form to your employer you can join our approximately 200,000 other members and have your super paid to your new account.

    Please ensure when filling out the superannuation choice form that you select the correct plan name and Unique Superannuation Identifier from the list. If you’re unsure which plan is yours, please check with your employer.

  • You do have a Mercer Super Trust account

    Your employer uses Mercer Super Trust as their default fund and you already hold a Mercer Super Trust account

    If you already hold a Mercer Super Trust account, and your new employer uses Mercer Super Trust as their default super fund, you can fill out and sign our super choice form then return it to your employer.

    We’ll create a new account for you under your new employer’s plan, allowing you to enjoy all the benefits offered to their employees. 

    Please ensure when filling out the superannuation choice form that you select the correct plan name and Unique Superannuation Identifier from the list. If you’re unsure which plan is yours, please check with your employer.

    You may also want to consider consolidating your old Mercer Super Trust account into your new account to ensure that all of your funds are reaping the benefits offered by your new employer. For further information on the consolidation process, please see our consolidation webpage.

    If you’d prefer to keep your current Mercer Super Trust account and have your new employer pay your super into that, please fill out the ATO's superannuation standard choice form and return it to your employer.

    Please note that by keeping your original account, you will not be able to take advantage of any benefits offered to your employer plan.

Your employer's default fund is another super provider

Leaving the decision to the ATO

If you don’t fill out a super choice form, your new employer will likely need to check with the ATO to see if you have any other currently active super accounts that it can be paid into. If you only hold a Mercer Super Trust account, the ATO would automatically tell your employer to pay your super to that account. However, if you hold more than one super account, the ATO will determine which account your employer should pay your super to.

If you do not already hold an active super account, the ATO will direct your employer to pay your super to their default fund.

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