CSS Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme
Your quick guide to the CSS
It’s all about you
The CSS was established to meet the superannuation needs of Australian Government employees.
Our organisation represents over 30 years experience and we are always at work for you, helping you make the most of your ﬁ nancial future. with consistent returns
and useful services, all at a competitive cost. We also help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to manage your super conﬁdently with a super education
program which you can access at your place of work.
Following is a checklist of key considerations which lets you see, in brief, how the CSS stacks up. Further information can be found at www.css.gov.au or
by calling us on 1300 000 277.
What you should consider How the CSS stacks up
1 Investment performance In the CSS, only your member and productivity components are affected by investment earnings. If you leave as an age retiree, your pension, the most
significant part of your benefit, is not affected by investment performance because it is determined by your final salary for superannuation purposes,
length of membership and age at exit.
Any money that you transfer from other superannuation funds may be affected by Fund earnings.
The CSS has delivered the following investment returns for the Default Fund after adjustments for tax and fees up to 30 June 2006. Remember, past
performance is no indication of future performance.
Over 1 year Over 3 years Over 5 years Over 10 years
16.5% 14.5% 12.0% 9.1%
2 Fees, charges and commissions As a member of the CSS you don’t pay any administration fees or member transaction costs – these costs are covered by your employer.
The Fund deducts taxes and investment management costs from investment earnings before determining Fund earning rates.
The CSS pays no commissions to financial planners.
There may be some fees for services such as reconsideration of a decision, or a Family Law information request, however, these are payable at the time
and not deducted from your account.
3 Level of contribution by The average employer contribution is around 25% of your superannuation salary. This is generally payable to you as a CPI-indexed pension.
4 Your contribution level With the CSS, you must pay contributions of 5% of your super salary. There is no upper limit on the amount of supplementary contributions that you
can pay and you can change your contribution rate at any time to suit your financial needs.
5 Investment choice As a member of the CSS you have the option of choosing how your super is invested. We offer you two options – the Default Fund or a Cash
CSS Contributing Member
Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme
6 Insurance As a CSS member, you receive automatic permanent invalidity or death cover at no extra cost. Your benefit will generally be based on your entitlement
had you worked to maximum retirement age (age 65).
There are conditions that apply to the amount or type of benefit you receive.
7 Efficiency and honesty The CSS uses the administration services of ComSuper.
8 Benefit options You can take your CSS retirement benefit as a pension or a combination of pension and lump sum.
9 Information and general We run an award-winning member education program. You have online access to benefit estimates and other information about the CSS at any time.
advice when you need it You can also access information and assistance via email, phone, fax and letter, whichever is most convenient for you.
10 Compliance with The CSS is established under the Superannuation Act 1976 and ARIA is licensed under the Corporations Act 2001 and regulated by the Superannuation
regulatory framework Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (SIS Act).
11 Understanding your We work closely with employers for the benefit of members. Our organisation has been providing superannuation services and products since 1976.
12 Additional services As a CSS member, you have access to home loans provided by Members Equity Bank and personal financial advice provided by State Super Financial
Services. ARIA owns 22.5% of SSFS.
13 Processing times We aim to process most transactions within five (5) to (10) business days of validating your request. Your pension will be paid on the next available
payday. This is of course dependent on all conditions being met.
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Any advice in this document has been prepared without taking account of your personal objectives, Trustee of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS) ABN: 19 415 776 361 RSE: R1004649
ﬁnancial situation or needs. Because of this, you should, before acting on any advice in this document,
consider the appropriateness of the advice, having regard to your objectives, ﬁnancial situation and
needs. You may wish to consult a licensed ﬁnancial planner to do this. CQG_12/07