Finding and consolidating your lost super is an important step in managing your retirement savings effectively. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:
Create a myGov Account:
If you don’t already have a myGov account, visit the myGov website (https://www.my.gov.au/) and sign up. You’ll need to provide personal information and create login credentials.
Link your myGov Account to the ATO:
Once you have a myGov account, log in and navigate to the ATO section. Follow the prompts to link your myGov account to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). This will enable you to access your superannuation information.
Access Your Super Information:
After linking your myGov account to the ATO, go to the “Super” section. Here, you will be able to view details of all your past and current super accounts, including any lost or forgotten ones. You’ll also see any funds held by the ATO on your behalf.
Consolidate Your Super Funds:
Once you’ve identified your lost super accounts, consider consolidating them into a single fund. This can make it easier to manage your superannuation and potentially reduce fees associated with multiple accounts.
Compare Funds Before Consolidating:
Before consolidating your super funds, it’s essential to compare the performance and fees of your current and potential new super funds. Factors to consider include:
- Investment returns: Look at the historical performance of the funds.
- Fees: Compare the annual fees, administration fees, and any other charges associated with each fund.
- Insurance: Check if you have insurance within your existing funds and whether it will be affected by consolidation.
- Investment options: Consider the investment options available in each fund and choose the one that aligns with your financial goals.
Consolidate With The Best Fund:
Once you’ve researched and selected the fund that offers the best combination of returns, fees, and services, initiate the consolidation process through your chosen fund. They will guide you through the necessary steps to consolidate your super accounts.
Monitor Your Superannuation:
Keep track of your superannuation periodically to ensure it continues to align with your financial goals. You can use your myGov account to monitor the performance and adjust as needed.
Remember that superannuation is a long-term investment, and your choices today can significantly impact your retirement savings. It’s essential to seek financial advice if you’re unsure about which fund to choose or if you have a complex financial situation. Additionally, stay informed about changes in superannuation regulations to make the most of your retirement savings.