A binding death benefit nomination is a legal document which binds Brighter Super to pay your benefit to your nominated beneficiary (or beneficiaries) provided it is still a valid nomination at the time of your death.
This type of nomination gives you greater certainty over where your money will go. It may be particularly useful if you have a more complex family situation (for example, ex-partner/s or children of current and former relationships).
Brighter Super members can now make non-lapsing death benefit nominations.
Unlike a binding death benefit nomination, a non-lapsing nomination will not expire after three years. However, changes in your circumstances may affect the validity of your nomination, such as a new de-facto relationship or marriage breakdown. We recommend that members regularly review their death benefit nominations.
To make a non-lapsing death nomination, you can download and complete a Binding Death Benefit Nomination Form (M10), which is available at brightersuper.com.au/forms.
Further information on non-lapsing death benefit nominations can be found in the relevant Member guide.
We can pay your death benefit to:
For more details, read our Death benefits info sheet or see the Insurance and beneficiaries section on our FAQs page.
A preferred beneficiary nomination helps guide us when deciding who to pay your benefit to. Unlike a binding death benefit nomination, Brighter Super is not legally required to follow your instructions. This is because we are obliged to identify all dependents and pay your benefit according to rules in our Trust Deed and Australian Government legislation.
Making a preferred beneficiary nomination is simple, doesn’t require renewal unless your circumstances change and may suit you if you have a relatively straightforward family situation.
With a reversionary beneficiary nomination your pension can continue to be paid as a pension to your beneficiary (generally your spouse). Before nominating a reversionary beneficiary it’s a good idea to contact us so we can explain all factors involved with making this type of nomination.
For example, your pension payment may affect the reversionary beneficiary’s overall financial position including their tax situation and/or Centrelink benefits.
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