Advice options for members

As you think about whether you’re on track for your retirement, it’s likely that at some stage you’ll need information or advice to help you better prepare your super savings.

 

Asking questions is a normal part of life. As kids, we ask questions so we can learn, understand and prepare for the future. And, as anyone who’s interacted with kids will know, sometimes finding the right answers can be a whole other challenge!

Luckily, we’ve got a few different ways (including some you can access at no additional cost) to help you find the answers to better understand your super…and keep preparing for the future!

 

  • I want to learn by doing my own research first
  • I have a few simple questions for someone to help me understand the best options for my account
    • To answer questions that take into account more of your personal circumstances, sometimes it helps to talk through questions with an expert.

      This is where our Advice teams* might be able to help.

      As part of the services we offer to members, we’ve arranged for two specialist teams of financial advisers to provide advice to you over the phone – one for accumulation (including account based pensions) super and one for defined benefit super.

      As a member, there is generally no cost to you to use this service for advice relating to options about your account in the fund (e.g. super contributions, investment options, benefit options, insurance cover). A fee may apply if advice is provided outside this scope – the adviser will let you know these details beforehand if this is the case.

      To talk with teams, simply call us and ask to speak with the Advice team.

       

      * Advice relating to Accumulate Plus and Retirement Access is provided by our Advice Essentials team, operating under Commonwealth Financial Planning Limited (ABN 65 003 900 169, AFSL 231139). Advice relating to our Defined Benefit divisions is provided by Mercer Financial Advice (Australia) Limited (ABN 79 153 168 293, AFSL 411766).

  • I want more detailed help & info to plan for my future
    • Deciding to get more comprehensive advice from a licensed financial adviser is an option that many people consider, particularly in the lead up to retirement.

      Getting advice that considers your unique personal circumstances could help you map out the groundwork for funding your lifestyle when you decide to stop working. It could also help you identify and prepare for any milestones that happen along the way, which can impact your long-term finances.

      As a member, it now it may be even easier for you to seek financial advice, with the option to have the fees you agree with any licensed financial adviser of your choice for advice about your account in our fund deducted from your account balance. This can be a tax-effective way to pay for financial advice, as fees are paid from your super account rather than your take-home pay.

      For more information (including terms and conditions), refer to our request to pay advice fee form.

       

      Note: Advice fees cannot be deducted from a defined benefit account, but a fee in relation to defined benefit advice can be deducted from an Accumulate Plus or Retirement Access account if you have one.