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What is MySuper

Section: 3.1

3.1 What is MySuper

MySuper is a government initiative aimed at providing a simple, cost-effective product for Australians who are invested in the default option of their superannuation fund. From 1 July 2017, all member accounts in default investment options are required to be invested in a MySuper product. Superannuation funds must apply to APRA for authorisation to offer MySuper products.

MySuper products offer either one diversified, investment option, or a life cycle strategy in which allocation to growth assets decreases as the member ages. A MySuper product can be a stand-alone product or it can be offered as one of the choices contained in a regular super fund.

Features of MySuper products:

  • they offer a single investment strategy
  • they are low cost and easy to compare
  • there are restrictions on the fees that can be charged
  • they typically provide a basic level of life insurance and total & permanent disability (TPD) insurance on an opt-out basis

Since December 2019, APRA has published the MySuper product heatmap which aims to assist members to compare investment performance, fees, and sustainability of member outcomes.

From 1 July 2021, MySuper products will be 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: Thursday, May 6, 2021