Keeping a lid on fees

While fees are a necessary part of running our super fund, we believe they should never get out of hand.

Our annual cap on administration fees means if you ever pay more than $900 a year1, we’ll rebate the difference in the following financial year, to eligible members.

Here are some answers to some of the most common questions asked about the cap.

How is the cap administered?

The administration fee for Accumulation and Income accounts is currently 0.16%1 of your account balance. It’s calculated and deducted daily for each of your investment options.

If you end up paying more than $9001 in a given financial year, we’ll refund the difference in July of the following financial year as a rebate. To be eligible for the rebate, you’ll need to be a member at the time the rebate is paid.

If you have more than one Accumulation or Income account, we’ll just add up the total administration fees you’ve paid across all of your accounts.

Does the cap apply to the total fees paid on my accounts, or just the administration fee?

It’s just the administration fee. The investment fee (which includes investment base fees and investment performance fees) is separate.

What account will the rebate be paid into?

If you’re eligible for a rebate, we’ll write to you explaining the payment amount and which account the rebate has been applied to. The account we pay the rebate into will depend on a few different factors, like which account the administration fees were charged to, and what accounts you hold at the time the rebate is paid.

Why is there a tax adjustment on the rebate?

When the daily administration fee is applied to an Accumulation account or a Transition to Retirement Income account (from 1 July 2017), a tax credit is indirectly applied as part of the process. So when we pay you any rebate relating to administration fees, we need to deduct an amount to cover the previously credited tax benefit2.

Income accounts in retirement phase are taxed differently, so any fee cap rebate relating to your QSuper standard Income account won’t have this tax adjustment applied.

Will the rebate count towards my concessional contributions cap?

Only if the value of the rebate is 5% or more of your balance on the day it’s paid. As per our existing practices, we’ll report any concessional contribution to the ATO. If you have any questions about this, please get in touch with us.

Where can I find out more about the rebate?

If you’re eligible for a rebate of more than $25, we’ll send you a letter with all the details (including any tax adjustments). You can also view the details in your ‘Account history/transactions’ tab in Member Online.

The fee cap and rebate can get a little complex. So if you’d like to talk to someone about it in more detail, please give us a call on 1300 360 750.

1.  From 1 July 2018, we reduced our administration fee from 0.18% to 0.16% per annum. The administration fee cap also changed from $1,000 to $900 per annum. From 1 July 2018, any administration fees you pay on your Accumulation and/or Income account/s over the cap of $900 in a financial year (that’s the combined figure for all of these accounts) will be rebated back to you in July of the next financial year as long as you still have an account with QSuper at the time of the refund.
2. Given the tax changes to TtR Income accounts from 1 July 2017, the tax adjustment to an administration fee rebate relating to these accounts will only apply to rebates paid after 1 July 2018.