What is superannuation?

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What is super?

Have you ever saved up to buy something? Maybe you are putting money aside at the moment to buy a car or something that is important to you. Superannuation, often called super, is money you set aside during your working life to provide an income to live on when you retire from work. Most people start to contribute to super when they begin work and keep contributing until they retire. The money is invested in one or more super funds of your choice.

You must leave your super in your fund until you either reach a minimum age or meet strict requirements set by the government. Your super is invested in assets such as bank accounts, property or shares, which earn an income. This income is reinvested in your super fund and then earns more income. This process, where you can generate earnings from previous earnings, is called compounding and greatly increases your final super payout.

The government encourages super savings by offering tax concessions that are not available with other forms of saving. In addition, no tax is charged for most people when they retire at 60 or older and take their super as a regular pension or a lump sum.

  • Fact 16

    The monetary cost of World War II was ten times the cost of World War I. Raising revenue via taxation became a vital part of Australia’s war effort.

Revenue / government revenue

The income of a government (from taxes, excise duties or other sources) used for the payment of public expenses.

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