What’s the difference between Industry super schemes and others?

One of the most commonly asked questions about superannuation is about which type of fund to use.


There is a lot of debate as to which category of fund is better than the other so it is important to understand the key differences, their advantages and disadvantages.


Types of funds

  1. Industry funds

These are multi-employer funds operated by parties to industrial awards, usually employer associations and unions. They primarily offer services to members of a specific industry, such as retail workers, hospitality workers and builders.


  1. Retail funds

These funds, run by financial institutions, are open for investment to the general public. They are offered to the public by fund companies and banks and operate as an investment platform.


  1. Corporate funds

Generally, these are only open to people working for a particular corporation. In some organisations membership is made available to ex-employees or relatives of existing employees. By law, employers must offer a default super fund option for their employees as an alternative to exercising Choice of Fund rights for those who do not wish to choose their own super fund. Corporate super funds can be set up through retail master trusts or in some cases, employers may choose to operate their own employer-sponsored super funds.


  1. Public sector funds

Public sector funds provide superannuation for employees in the public sector. They are run and structured with the same benefits as industry funds, and include funds established for public servants and for employees of statutory authorities and local Government.


  1. Small super funds

Small super funds are predominantly self-managed super funds (SMSFs) although a small percentage of small funds are known as small APRA funds.


  1. Retirement Savings Account (RSA)

Retirement savings accounts are established for holding superannuation savings. They operate much like bank accounts, except where restrictions apply upon withdrawals like regular superannuation accounts. They are run for profit by financial institutions such as banks, building societies, credit unions or life insurance companies.


Your Adviser is available to provide advice about which super fund is the best option for you. Why not schedule a meeting with your financial adviser now?



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