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Super Issue No.9 - November 2004

This issue:
New Regional Office - Perth Perth’s Regional Manager, Albert, graduated from City
Growth of Fund
The Perth Regional University, England with a Bachelor of Science in 1979
Office commenced and commenced employment with an insurance
operations on company in London. He worked in London for 4 years
Retirement Options 1 July 2004, when the before moving to Perth in 1984.
Catholic Schools
Albert has been involved in superannuation since 1984,
Superannuation Fund working for an actuarial consulting firm and two
(CSSF WA) merged with this Fund. insurance companies in Perth before joining the CSSF
Access to Super The office is located within the premises of the Catholic (WA) in 1994 as the Senior Administrator.
Education Office of Western Australia, at 50 Ruislip
Street, Leederville. In 1997 Albert completed the Diploma in Superannuation
Management of the Association of Superannuation
New Legislation The former employees of the Catholic Schools Funds of Australia (ASFA) and is a Fellow member of
Superannuation Fund (WA) are now the Fund's ASFA.
representatives in this office. They are:
We warmly welcome Albert and staff to CSRF and wish
- Albert Lim, Regional Manager them well in the servicing of the membership.
- Annie Bugden, Administrator
- Errol Thomson, Marketing Officer For more information on the functions of a
- Mark Duchesne, Member Services Officer Regional Office, please refer overleaf.

Growth of the Fund provision of further investment choice options. Having 73,000
members, CSRF had significant bargaining power in the
Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund (CSRF) recent insurance tender resulting in competitive insurance
is now a significant strength within the Australian arrangements at a lower cost.
Retirement savings industry and one of the largest
corporate Superannuation Funds in Australia as a With a larger fund, more products and services may be
result of the merger with the Catholic Schools introduced over time such as financial planning and an
Superannuation Fund (WA) on 1 July 2004. interactive website. These facilities come at a significant cost
and decisions cannot be made lightly, however the
CSRF now has approximately economies of scale that the CSRF exhibits, together with the
$1.9 billion under management on fact that it does not have to pay dividends to external
behalf of 73,000 members. shareholders, means that these can be introduced at a
competitive cost to members.
Over the last ten years the Fund size has grown dramatically
(as evidenced by the graph) ensuring that the Fund remains The Board of Directors would like to take the opportunity
competitive in the pricing and availability of products and to thank you for your continued support of CSRF.
services. For example, the Fund introduced Member
Investment Choice (MIC) in January 1999 with five portfolios Fund Assets ($mil.)
and the option of one choice every six months. Today, 1600
members can elect any two of the six portfolios and make
1400
weekly changes if they so wish.
1200
The Fund introduced an Allocated Pension product in July 1000
$million

2000 and now has approximately $50 million invested. 800


DID YOU 600
KNOW! A move to unitisation in November 2003 has assisted in the 400
Trustee Board switching of portfolio's and also members’ accounts have 200
elections for member become more in line with the movements of investment 0
representatives will markets. The Trustee is also currently investigating the 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004
be held in 2005
Year (at 30 June)

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CSRF Regional Offices


The CSRF is a self administered fund. Some of the ! For the cost of a local call, members can access up to
efficiencies generated by in house administration have date details on their accounts including daily balances,
helped create the 'Regional Office Structure'. contributions history, insurance benefits and
investment choice options.
! Regional offices have been ! Regional staff can liaise with Employers in
regard to contribution remittances and
established in Brisbane, associated member information.
Canberra, Perth, Port ! Regional offices conduct all general
Townsville
Macquarie and administrative functions.
Townsville to provide
efficient personalised Brisbane !CSRF exists soley to
service to members
Port Macquarie maximise the retirement
wherever they may be.
Perth Sydney
Canberra benefits of its members
while taking into
! No group of members are denied access to fund staff consideration the associated
because of isolation. portfolio risks.
! Regional office staff are readily available for seminars,
workplace presentations, one-on-one and small group
interviews either in the office or at the workplace. ! Take advantage of the Regional Office concept by
! Regional staff are partners with members in their
phoning 1300 658 776 to discuss details of your
education on retirement issues. account or to arrange a visit by our
highly qualified professional staff.

News from the Government


Removal of Age Limit/Work test
From 1 July 2004, anyone under the age of 65 can
Contribute to super regardless of how many hours they work. Government Co-Contribution
The work contribution rules for super fund members aged From 1 July 2004, the Federal Government will
between 65 and 74 have also been simplified. Previously, provide a co-contribution of $1.50 for each $1.00
members aged between 65 and 74 had to satisfy a 10 hour per of after-tax contributions made by employees
week test. However, under the reforms introduced by the earning $28,000 or less a year (assessable
incomes plus reportable fringe benefits).
Federal Government those members will be able to make
contributions for the whole of the financial year provided that The maximum co-contribution of $1,500 is reduced by 5 cents
they work at least 40 hours in a consecutive period of 30 days for each dollar of income over $28,000 cutting out at $58,000.
in that financial year. Previously the maximum co-contribution of $1,000 applied to
incomes up to $27,500 and phased out at $40,000.
However, you should also note that there have also been
changes to the compulsory cashing of benefits. Members aged The requirement that an individual must be eligible to receive
between 65 and 74 years may only keep their super in their superannuation guarantee payments in order to qualify for a co-
fund if they have worked at least 240 hours in the most recent contribution has been replaced with a requirement that at least
financial year. 10% of your income must be earned from eligible employment.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will work out if you are
Members aged 75 years or over on 1 July 2004 must cash in eligible for a co-contribution using information supplied by your
their super if they have not continued to work at least 30 hours super fund and your tax return. This means that in order to
a week since 1 July 2004. receive a co-contribution, you must lodge a tax return. If you are
eligible, the co-contribution will be paid directly into your super
account, where it generally must remain until your preservation
Surcharge Reduction age. Please note, because of the above process, this may not
The surcharge tax is an extra tax on employer happen for some time after the end of the financial year.
and Personal deductible superannuation
contributions for those with an adjusted taxable income of If you are 71 years of age or more at the end of the financial
more than $94,691 (for the 2003-2004 financial year). The year, you will no longer be eligible for a Government Co-
DID YOU maximum surcharge rate for 2003-2004 is 14.5% and will be Contribution.
KNOW! reduced to:
Subject to underwriting
by the insurer a member
can have up to a maximum
! 12.5% for 2004-2005 (phasing in from earnings of $99,710);
of 10 units of Death & TPD ! 10% for 2005-2006.
insurance cover

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Options on Leaving your Employer due


to Resignation or Retirement
On resignation (provided you are under 65 years old or are under 75 years There is no loss of capital on premature death. The pension can be
and still satisfying the work test) you have the option of leaving your super paid as a lump sum to beneficiaries or be reversionary and thus
in CSRF. As a competitive, proven performer over two decades and secure continue to the spouse.
super fund, the CSRF offers the additional advantages: Allocated pensions have tax advantages, as within the allocated
pension fund, earnings from income or capital gains are not
! If as an existing member you then decide to work outside the Catholic taxable. This would be in contrast to a self-funded retiree's income
System, and provided your new employer is agreeable, as evidenced by stream from a term deposit, shares or property, which would be subject
their signing a “Deed of Admission” to the CSRF, the Fund can accept to tax at the individual's marginal rate with capital gains tax where
superannuation guarantee contributions from the new employer. applicable.
! If you decide not to return to work, the Fund will accept after tax Should you have a considerable amount in super when you retire, if you
contributions for members (lump sum) up to age 65. cashed out you may be required to pay a large amount of lump sum
! If you are eligible to contribute to super, you can elect to rollover monies tax. An allocated pension can defer, reduce and can often
into the CSRF from other super funds, to increase your retained benefit eliminate the need to pay this tax. Tax on a pay-as-you-earn basis is
balance. only due on the assessable part of the pension. This is the amount of
! Partial withdrawals are available on any unrestricted non-preserved the pension payment minus the deductible amount* (tax free).
amounts. Furthermore there is a rebate of 15% for the assessable amount, which
! On retirement after preservation age, you may rollover monies from the will often eliminate any tax due. (The rebate is available on the
superfund to the CSRF Allocated Pension Plan (APP). The APP has a assessable amount other than the proportion that exceeds the person's
competitive fee structure, flexibility, Centrelink friendly income test lump sum RBL, that is $619,223 for the 04/05 financial year.)
treatment, same proven performance and many tax advantages.
! However, resignation from your employer may present issues of * The deductible amount is the sum of the tax-free super components (post tax
personal risk management which must be dealt with in a very timely components called Undeducted components plus any Invalidity component plus any
Capital gains tax exempt components from say the sale of a business) divided by the
fashion: person's statistical life expectancy at the commencement of the pension. The
deductible amount is constant through the life of the pension and returns this tax-free
- Certain benefits such as sick leave, life insurance and temporary element over the life of the pension.
salary continuance (TSC) cover can be lost when you leave your
workplace. Allocated pensions are designed to spread the retirement savings over
- TSC cover will cease on resignation when you leave your workplace. the remaining life of the pensioner, as set out in Government tables.
- Your death and Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) cover will An allocated pension is counted against the Centrelink Assets test. For
continue for the 60 days following your resignation, however the TPD Income Test purposes the treatment is generous as the deductible
will be restricted to total disability arising from accidents only. amount for Centrelink purposes is the entire account balance divided by
the life expectancy. (e.g. For an account balance of $200,000 and a life
expectancy of 20 years the deductible amount would be $10,000.
WHY CONSIDER AN ALLOCATED PENSION
Should a $12,500 income stream be chosen in that year then only
FOR YOUR SUPER WHEN YOU RETIRE? $2,500 of income would be counted for Income Test purposes.)
Depending on the outcome from the Centrelink Income and Assets
An allocated pension is an investment account in your super fund to tests it may be possible to receive some Centrelink pension in addition
provide a tax advantaged income stream i.e. pension in retirement. In an to the Allocated pension stream. It is advisable for individuals to consult
allocated pension plan earnings and capital gains are not subject to Centrelink Financial Service Officers to discuss applicability of
any tax, unlike investments held outside the superannuation system where Centrelink benefits.
tax is applied at the individual's marginal tax rate. Your allocated pension
account allows you to be invested in the asset classes of your choice
(shares, property, bonds and cash). In most cases the allocated pension
offers advantages over cashing out your super, paying any lump sum tax
due and then having to manage your own investments, which will be The CSRF provides a low cost Allocated Pension Plan
subjected to capital gains tax to fund your retirement. with no entry or exit penalty fees, no commissions to
financial planners and the same investment choices
Some advantages are: you had available when your money was
Allocated pensions are flexible. The pensioner must take at least one accumulating in your CSRF super account.
payment per year and can choose his/her level of income between
government set limits (called a maximum and a minimum) based on age If you change your investment options in the Allocated Pension, a
and account balance. As the pensioner's income needs change with switching fee of $30 applies on each occasion.
time, the pension income can change with them. Also, if you leave the pension plan a $35
Allocated pensions are flexible and THEY ALLOW A CHANGE OF processing fee applies. You have only to call
MIND! Unlike many other retirement income streams, an allocated Head Office or any Regional Office on
pension can be totally or partially commuted or cashed out at any 1300 658 776 for an obligation-free
time should the pensioner have a change of heart. The commutation appointment or discussion. It is advised
is treated in the same manner as if you cashed out of the super system however, that members seek independent advice
at retirement. The remaining tax-free components are returned and from a reputable financial planner should more
lump sum tax paid if applicable. than general or fund-specific advice be warranted.

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Contribution and Payment Rules


Who can Contribute to Super (i.e. Personal Super Contributions)?
1) From 1 July 2004 a person will no longer need to be working to contribute to super if aged under 65. The work test has been removed.
2) For members aged between 65 and 74 the work test for personal super contributions is that the member must have already worked at least 40
hours in a period of not more than 30 consecutive days during the financial year of the contribution, in order to contribute to super in that
financial year.
Employer contributions: For remittance of employer contributions please refer to the table below.

TABLE 1: CONTRIBUTING TO SUPER

Award
Age SG Employer Member’s Personal
Employer Voluntary Employer Contributions
Group Contributions Contributions
Contributions
65 - 69 Yes Yes Only if he/she has worked at least 40 hours Only if he/she has already
in a 30 consecutive day period in the worked at least 40 hours in a 30
financial year. consecutive day period in the
financial year.
70 - 74 No Yes No Only if he/she has worked at
least 40 hours in a 30 consecutive
day period in the financial year.
75+ No Yes No No

What are the New Compulsory Cashout Rules?


Please note that the contribution and cashing out rules have changed from 1 July 2004. A fund may have to cash out accrued benefits even though
contributions might still be being accepted under various rules or award agreements.

o For members aged 65 to 74, benefits may be retained in the Fund where the member has worked at least 240 hours in the most recent financial
year.
o For members aged 75 already on 1 July 2004, the old rule has been grandfathered so that as long as the member is working at least 30
hours/week then they may leave their money in super. If over age 75 only contributions made by an employer under a certified industrial
agreement can go into the member's account and can only remain there whilst the member works the 30 hours/week every week.
o Members who turn 75 after 1 July 2004 must cash their money out of super, except for the post 65 employer financed benefits, if they are still
having such award contributions made to their account. Thus only contributions made under a certified industrial agreement can go into an over
75's account and even these must be cashed out if the member ceases working at least 30 hours/week.

TABLE 2: COMPULSORY CASHING OUT OF SUPER

Age Does everything other than Post-65 Mandated Contributions have to come out?
If aged 65 to 74 No, not if the member has worked at least 240 hours during the previous financial year. If
the work test here is not satisfied then all benefits accrued prior to 65 and voluntary (both
employer and personal) benefits accrued after 65 must be paid.
If aged 75 already on 30 June 2004 No, not if they are still working 30 hours each week.
If turned 75 after 30 June 2004 (or Yes, everything other than the post-65 employer mandated contributions must come out.
over 75 years and fail the 30 hours If the member ceases working the 30 hours each week, or the employer mandated
each week test) contributions are no longer paid or liable to be paid, then even the employer mandated
contributions must come out.

DISCLAIMER
This Newsletter has been produced by SCS Super Pty Limited (ACN 064 712 607), the Trustee of the Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund.
It does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. As a result, before acting on any information contained in the
Newsletter you should consider its appropriateness, having regard to your own situation. The Newsletter is not intended to be financial advice,
therefore you should consider obtaining independent financial advice before making any decisions about your benefits in the Fund.

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DID YOU
KNOW!
Weekly Investment
Portfolio unit prices
are available on the
Fund’s wesbsite

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How long to Retirement?


Are you aware that there are 1,040 fortnightly pays if you work for 40 years.
If you work for 25 years there are 650 fortnightly pays for you to save up for your retirement.

If you have 10 years to go until your retirement there are 260 fortnights left to accumulate your super savings.

HOW MUCH HAVE YOU SAVED TO DATE AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU GOT UNTIL RETIREMENT?

1400
1170
1200 1040
No. of Fortnightly Pays

1000 910
780
800 650
600
520
390
400 260
130
200
DID YOU
KNOW? 0
5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
Post tax member
super contributions No. of Years to Retirement
are not subject the 15%
contributions tax

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