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Demystifying superannuation fees: A simple guide to help you understand fees

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1 November 2023

Fees are an important consideration when deciding where you want to grow your retirement savings.

Superannuation funds charge a mixture of different fees, covering items such as administration, investments and insurance. Each has its own way of doing this, and they are all different.

When comparing superannuation funds, it is important to look at which fees are being charged, and which fees are not being charged. A fund’s administration fees may look good, but are there other fees that could cost you more in the long term?

Comparing fees from different superannuation funds is crucial for the long-term growth of your retirement savings. Understanding the different types of fees can help you make an informed decision about the superannuation fund that’s right for you.

Brighter Super’s low fees

According to research house SuperRatings, Brighter Super is one of the top five industry super funds with the lowest fees for an Accumulation account invested in a MySuper option1.

Since the merger of three funds to create Brighter Super over the last two years, members are, on average, paying between 20% and 24% less in fees (depending on their fund of origin) for the MySuper investment option2.

Savings from greater economies of scale achieved from the mergers are being used to lower our fees. You can find out more in our recent article on our low fees.

Our not-for-profit fee model 

A superannuation fund’s fees may depend on what type of fund they are. Retail, industry, public sector and corporate funds all have a different approach to fees.

Brighter Super’s fee model has been shaped from being a not-for-profit industry super fund. We don’t have any shareholders and we put our profits back into the fund for the benefit of all our members.

Being a not-for-profit fund means we only charge fees to run the fund and provide services to our members, and we work hard to keep our fees as low as possible.

Understanding our fees 

Brighter Super fees cover these four categories, which are common across superannuation funds: administration, investment, advice and insurance.

Brighter Super does not charge investment switching fees or buy-sell spread fees.

Different fee arrangements apply if you have a Defined Benefit account.

Below is a brief description of Brighter Super’s fees. Full details are provided on our fees and costs page on our website and in the Product Disclosure Statement for your account, at

1. Administration fees and costs

Administration fees and costs cover the costs of administration needed to run your account throughout the year. This includes processing transactions, telephone support, Member Online, general advice, preparing statements, and sending communications.

Administration fees and costs include an administration fee charged as a percentage of your account balance.

Administration fees and costs vary for Brighter Super and Optimiser accounts. Full details are available in the Product Disclosure Statement for each type of account, and on our fees and costs web page.

2. Investment fees and costs

This fee covers the costs of managing how your superannuation is invested.

Fees will vary depending on how your superannuation is invested, with each investment option charging a different percentage of your account balance.

3. Transaction costs 

Transaction costs are amounts incurred in buying and selling assets (for example, brokerage and settlement costs) that are not otherwise included in the buy-sell spread of an investment option.

4. Advice fees 

This fee is only charged when you receive personal advice and a statement of advice that outlines a personal superannuation strategy tailored for you. It covers the costs of a financial adviser providing personal advice on your situation and financial goals.

Brighter Super provides members with general and single-issue personal advice over the phone, which is covered in the administration fee. 

Since the transfer of SPSL into Brighter Super on 1 June 2023, we have welcomed the relationships of more than 1,000 external advisers. Members who are getting external advice relating to super can now pay their external financial adviser’s fee from their Brighter Super or Optimiser account.

5. Insurance fees 

If you have insurance within your Brighter Super or Optimiser account, you are charged an insurance premium, which is deducted from your superannuation account monthly in arrears.

The insurance premium is deducted from your superannuation account and does not affect your sum insured. Included in the insurance premium is an insurance administration fee that is charged to cover the administration costs of managing your insurance arrangements.

Further information

More detailed information about our fees can be found on our website at:


  1. Brighter Super’s MySuper investment option is among the five lowest cost to member MySuper products offered by industry superannuation funds in Australia, according to SuperRatings. Based on a balance of $50,000. Comparison considers rated options only. Data is accurate as of 31 July 2023 and is subject to change. For more information on the SuperRatings research methodology visit Ratings are only one factor to be taken into account when deciding whether to invest. Consider the TMD and PDS before deciding at
  2. Average reduction in fees is an estimate based on total pre-merger administration and investment fees and costs from the LGIAsuper Product Disclosure Statement dated 1 May 2021, Energy Super Product Disclosure Statement dated 31 December 2020, and Suncorp Super Product Disclosure Statement dated 20 February 2023, compared to current fees from Brighter Super Product Disclosure Statement dated 1 July 2023. Calculations are based on the cost of product for 1 year and assume a balance of $50,000 at the beginning of the year. Exact fees and costs will be different for every member based on their individual circumstances and investment option/s, and this is used for illustrative purposes only. Some members may have had a fees and costs increase based on their individual circumstances.

LGIAsuper Trustee (ABN 94 085 088 484) (AFSL 230511) (the Trustee) as trustee for LGIAsuper (ABN 23 053 121 564) (RSE R1000160) (the Fund) trading as Brighter Super. Brighter Super products are issued by the Trustee on behalf of the Fund. Brighter Super may refer to the Trustee or LGIAsuper as the context may be. This article may contain general advice which does not take into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs. As such, you should consider whether it is appropriate in light of your own objectives, financial situation and needs prior to making any decision. You should consult a licensed financial advisor if you require advice which does take into account your personal financial circumstances. You should also obtain and consider the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before making any decision to acquire any products. A Target Market Determination (TMD) is a document that outlines the target market a product has been designed for. Find the PDSs and TMDs at

This article contains information that is up to date at the time of publishing. Some of the information may change following its release. Any questions can be referred to Brighter Super by calling us on 1800 444 396 or by emailing us at