Is your super ready for retirement?

Our superannuation and retirement modeller is designed as a broad guide to show you how much super you'll have to spend in retirement and how long it may last, depending on when you plan to retire and how much super you plan on withdrawing every year.

You can explore the effects on your super balance of other factors, such as making extra contributions, reducing your working hours and changing your investment mix.

We'll also show you how your super can work together with the government's Age Pension once you've retired.

By continuing to the next screen you confirm that you have read the disclaimer and assumptions.

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If your super pension payment is less than the minimum allowed, we have assumed excess drawdown will be invested in super.


Please tell us about any additional contributions you make. The sliders are limited by your maximum available contribution.


Investment mix

See how a different investment mix affects your projected super balance.

Part time work

Are you planning to work part time?

Age pension

Help us calculate your age pension eligibility. Your age pension payments are automatically included in your retirement income


What can I do now?

If you're new to REST, you can find out more about our award winning fund or becoming a member by visiting our website or calling us on 1300 300 778.

If you're already a member of REST, there are many ways you can grow your super before you retire:

For help with your super, you can also call us on 1300 300 778. We are happy to take your call between 8am and 8pm on weekdays.

Alternatively you may just like to print a copy of your results by returning to the 'Your super' page and checking back at a later date to see if you're still on course for the retirement lifestyle you want.

Retirement modeller disclaimer and assumptions

The modeller is not a recommendation and is not intended to be an exact figure. It is intended to assist you in assessing the effects your contributions and investment choices may have on your retirement outcome. The estimate may change in the future as it does not take into account any changes in the cost of living between the time of the preparation of the estimate and the future time or future changes to laws after the date of preparation of these assumptions. This information has been prepared without taking account of your objectives, financial situation or needs. So before making any decision based on information from this calculator or about REST products, consider its appropriateness having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. You should also consider obtaining advice from a licensed financial services planner, and read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) at or call 1300 300 778 in deciding whether to acquire, or to continue to hold, the product.


Average weekly ordinary time earnings (referred to in these assumptions as wage inflation) of 4% p.a. has been assumed. Target income is also assumed to increase at this rate, and future account balances are discounted to present values at this rate. This is intended to reflect both CPI increases and general standard-of-living increases. This has the effect of preserving an individual's relative standard of living.

Personal income

The user's salary is assumed to increase in line with wage inflation. In any future periods where the user has a period of part-time employment, their salary is reduced pro-rata.

Tax calculations allow for Personal Income Tax rates, the Medicare Levy, the Low Income Tax Offset, Debt Levy and the Senior Australian Tax Offset. It does not take into account the Medicare surcharge or any HECS/HELP debt. Threshold and Offset amounts in the first year are based on current rates. Thereafter they are indexed in line with wage inflation.

Employer contributions

The user is assumed to receive superannuation guarantee contributions. The assumed rates of contribution are:

01/07/2014 to 30/6/2021 9.50%
01/07/2021 10.00%
01/07/2022 10.50%
01/07/2023 11.00%
01/07/2024 11.50%
01/07/2025 and onwards 12.00%

Superannuation guarantee contributions are subject to the maximum super contribution base, which is $50,810 per quarter for 2015-16. This threshold is indexed annually in line with average weekly ordinary time earnings (AWOTE).

Member contributions

Regular concessional (before tax) or non-concessional (after tax) contributions entered by the user are assumed to increase in each year in line with the user's salary. In any periods of part-time work, the user's contributions are assumed to decrease pro-rata. Concessional contributions are assumed to be spread evenly across the year.

The amount of a one-off non-concessional contribution entered by the user is assumed to be fixed, and is not indexed.

Concessional contributions up to the concessional contributions cap are generally taxed at 15% on contribution to the superannuation environment. Non-concessional contributions up to the non-concessional contributions cap are not subject to tax on contribution to the superannuation environment. Where a concessional or non-concessional contribution exceeds the corresponding legislated contribution limit, the contributions are subject to additional tax levied in the personal income tax environment.

For the 2015-16 financial year the general concessional cap is $30,000. A higher limit of $35,000 applies to anyone aged 50 or over at the end of the financial year.

For the same period the non-concessional cap is 6 times the general concessional cap, being $180,000.

The general concessional and non-concessional contribution limits are indexed in line with AWOTE however the higher concessional cap for people 50 and over at 30 June 2015 will not be indexed and will not apply once the general cap amount is reached.

Note, to the extent that the combined amount of your income and concessional contributions for a particular financial year exceeds $300,000, concessional contributions are assumed to be subject to tax at 30% on contribution to the superannuation environment.


In each projection year, the user's eligibility for a Government co-contribution is assessed based on their salary (note, the calculator does not take into account any reportable fringe benefits that may affect your eligibility for a co-contribution) and non-concessional contributions. A co-contribution of up to $500 is made to the superannuation account if you make non-concessional contributions and your salary is below the lower income threshold and is pro-rated if your salary is between the lower income threshold and the upper income threshold.

The co-contribution thresholds are indexed in accordance with wage inflation.

Investment earnings

Based on the investment mix selected, the member's superannuation and pension accounts are assumed to earn anticipated investment returns of between 2.9% and 6.2% per annum before fees and tax. Earnings are based on the investment returns used in ASIC's Superannuation Calculator available at, as at 15 January 2016, which are set out in the table below. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance. Earnings in the superannuation account are assumed to be taxed at the relevant rate (based on the percentage of funds invested in shares, and allowing for dividend imputation and the capital gains tax concession if applicable). Earnings in the pension account are assumed to be tax-free.Investment earnings are assumed to be credited continuously to the fund.

Earning rate Asset split
Cash 2.9% 100% in deposits with Australian deposit-taking institutions
Moderate 5.0% Around 50% in shares and property, 50% in cash or fixed interest
Growth 6.2% Around 85% in shares and property, 15% in cash or fixed interest

Fees and insurance premiums

Fees are based on fees for the REST Super product with the Core Strategy option and are assumed to be as follows:

Administration fee (per annum) $57.20
Administration fee (% of account balance at the end of the month) 0.1% pa
Contribution fee (% of contribution) 0.00%
Insurance premiums (per annum) $0.00
Adviser service fee (% of assets) 0.00%
Investment fee (% of assets)
Cash 0.04%
Moderate 0.58%
Growth 0.73%

Fees are assumed to be tax-deductible in the fund. For more information about fees please refer to the relevant Product Disclosure Statement at

Dollar fees are assumed to increase in line with the assumed level of wage inflation. Other fees are assumed to remain constant in percentage terms over the projection period.

Life expectancy

Life expectancies allow for future mortality improvements. They were derived based on the medium mortality rate assumptions in the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 'Population Projections, Australia, 2006 to 2101'.

Age pension

Current age pension thresholds and rates of payment are allowed for, based on the Single/Couple and Homeowner status of the user. If couple is selected it is assumed that your partner has the same income and assets as you. Thresholds and rates of payment are indexed in line with wage inflation. It is assumed you meet the qualification requirements for the age pension under the social security legislation.

The age pension is subject to an asset test and an income test. The user enters their Assets outside super which is used for the Age pension asset test. The projection assumes that in retirement funds are placed in an Account-based pension. The Age pension income test is therefore calculated on the basis of both: drawings from superannuation, less the Account-based pension deductible amount; and deemed income on Assets outside super. The Assets outside super and Additional income are assumed to increase each year at the same rate as the assumed wage inflation.

The Department of Human Services rate estimator lets you estimate your payment rate of age pension , based on your current or proposed circumstances. It does not work out if you will be eligible for a payment. To use the rate estimator go to


The drawings from superannuation in retirement are calculated as: Required income less other income (as entered by the user) less any age pension amounts (as calculated by the program).

Minimum drawings

There are statutory minimum superannuation drawings in retirement (once funds have been converted to the pension phase). For the purpose of this projection, this minimum is ignored in the retirement phase. This is because if the minimum drawings were not required to be spent to meet your target income, they would still be available to you outside of the superannuation environment in, for example, a bank account.

Getting help

Online calculators let you explore your potential retirement income in more detail. They let you personalise the estimate, and show you how you can improve your retirement income. Don’t make any changes to your retirement savings arrangements based on this estimate. Before you make changes, you should get further information or advice.

Last updated: January 2016

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The wage inflation slider represents changes to the Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings (AWOTE) rather than your personal salary expectation. It is used to discount future amounts into current values.