Are you on track?

Use our quick ready reckoner to find out if you’re on track for a “comfortable” retirement.

On track?

But what is a "comfortable" retirement?

The Association of Super Funds of Australia (ASFA) regularly produces information to help super fund members, like you, work out how much super they’ll need in retirement.

They call it The Retirement Standard.

There are 2 levels they use – one is for a modest lifestyle and the other is for a comfortable lifestyle.

A modest lifestyle is a lifestyle that is financially more than the age pension alone, but your income would be limited. For example, you might not be able to maintain your car, run the air-conditioning or heating at home, or buy new clothes and you might have to take a lower level of health insurance or opt out completely, you might have to buy home brand groceries and go without things like new appliances or a new phone when your current ones give up the ghost..

The comfortable lifestyle gives you more choice. You could reasonably expect to go to sporting games, have the streaming services you want, go out to dinners, replace household appliances and keep up with maintaining a car, as well as travel more often.

You can find out more about the Comfortable Retirement breakdown on the ASFA website.

Of course, there is also a third option – spending more in retirement than even the Comfortable Standard! If you have a high standard of living now, aiming for more than the Comfortable Standard could be a wise move.

Wonder how much you'll need?

If you’re unsure whether the Comfortable Retirement will be enough for you, start by having a think about what you spend your money on now. Our quick video can give you some tips to get you started.

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Our Retirement Booklet

Our Retirement Booklet has lots of information to help you make the connection between your super balance and what it really means for your life in retirement.

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Want to read more?

There are plenty of resources available to help you find out how you’re tracking. Read our article “Am I on track?” for more.

It’s worth noting that a lot of people retire before the projected age of 67. How would that impact your retirement savings? Find out more in our article “When retiring early is the norm”

Want a more detailed picture?

Our comprehensive calculator can give you a much more detailed picture of your super at retirement.

See the difference that retiring earlier or later can make, or the difference that putting more into super can make for you.

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If you want to add money to your super

Putting money in to super is easy! You don’t need to make enormous contributions to make a difference.
In fact, modest contributions made regularly can have a huge impact on your final super balance at retirement.

You can choose to make your contributions in a few different ways, including setting it up with your payroll to make extra contributions for you each pay day or transferring a lump sum from your bank account every so often.

You can find more about different contributions on our Contributions webpage.

Or click these links to learn more about the upper annual limits that apply on the amount you can put into super and how contributions are taxed.

Annual contribution limits

Tax on contributions

If you want to set up regular contributions with your payroll, use our easy online form.

Contribution types

Are you in the right investment option for you?

Along with putting money into super, it’s important to know that it’s invested in the right investment option for you.

 

ElectricSuper offers you 4 different investment options, or you can split your money between the options to create your own mix.

Your investment choice

Watch and learn more about investment options to help you make the right decision for you

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Our article, “Your Investment Choice” will also give you some tips to think about when you’re considering your investment options.

What's the big deal about investment choice anyway?

Find out more about how different investments work and the kind of results you might expect.

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See what options are available to you

Our investment webpages give more information about the options, including the returns that each option aims to deliver you and past performance.

Of course, past performance isn’t a guarantee of future performance.

What difference does 2% make: article

Read a case study of the difference that just a couple of percent can make.

Want to read more?

Whether you’re on track for the retirement you want, there are always steps you can take to improve things for Future You.

You can read more about growing your super in the Learning Hub. See these pages.

There are plenty of resources, including articles, videos and webpages to help you understand more.

Forms and resources

Here are some of the forms and other resources that might be helpful as you get started with ElectricSuper.

Want to access our other forms, pages and calculators? See the Resources/Forms page.

Vary your contributions

Complete the easy form, hand it to payroll and watch your super grow!

Lump sum contribution

If you want to make a one-off transfer from your bank account, just complete this form.

Change your investment option

Accumulation and Income Stream members can update your investment option online

Change your investment option (defined benefit members)

Defined benefit members need to complete the paper form to request a change of investment option. See the form for details of restrictions that may apply.

Web pages and links

Quick links to webpages that might help you work how to get your super on track if you’re not quite there yet.

Contributions

Contribution types

Annual contribution limits

Tax on contributions

How much I will need?

Government’s MoneySmart Budget Planner

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