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What is MySuper

Section: 3.1

3.1 What is MySuper

MySuper is a government initiative designed to simplify the superannuation system. It is a default superannuation product offered by superannuation funds to provide a simple and low-cost option for individuals who do not actively choose a specific superannuation fund or investment option. Introduced 1n July 2013, as part of the Stronger Super reforms, the goal was to make superannuation easier to understand and compare, and to ensure that members' retirement savings were invested in a straightforward and cost-effective manner.

Key features

Standardised product - MySuper products have a standardized set of features and a simple investment strategy. They must meet certain criteria set by the government, such as a low-cost structure and a basic level of insurance coverage.

Default option - If an employee does not choose a specific superannuation fund, their employer must contribute their superannuation contributions into a MySuper product offered by the fund of their choice.

Investment strategy - MySuper products have a default investment strategy that aims to provide a balanced level of risk and return over the long term. The strategy is generally designed to suit most members' needs, taking into account their age and investment time horizon.

Transparency and disclosure - MySuper products must provide clear and concise information to members about fees, investment options, and performance.

Note that while MySuper is designed to be a simple and low-cost option, individuals can still select alternative superannuation funds that may better align with their personal financial goals and risk preferences.

APRA Performance test

From 1 July 2021, MySuper products are subject to an annual performance test. Any MySuper products that fail the new APRA-administered annual test twice in a row will not be allowed to receive any new members until they improve their performance.

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Last modified: Wednesday, June 28, 2023