Nominating a beneficiary helps TelstraSuper to determine who should receive your super benefit in the event of your death.
There are three options for how you can decide who gets your super when you die:
- Reversionary beneficiary (RetireAccess members only).
A valid binding death benefit nomination gives you certainty about who will receive your benefit if you die. TelstraSuper must pay your death benefit according to your wishes.
Binding nominations must be updated at least every three years. TelstraSuper will advise you in writing when your binding nomination is about to expire.
You can make a binding nomination only by:
- completing the Nomination of Beneficiaries form, which needs to be witnessed by two adult witnesses.
A non-binding nomination will be taken into consideration by TelstraSuper as well as your personal circumstances, at the time of your death, but it’s not binding on the Trustee. This type of nomination can be made without needing to be witnessed.
Your non-binding nomination will endure throughout your membership of TelstraSuper, unless you elect to change it. However, TelstraSuper urges you to keep your non-binding nomination up-to-date to reflect, among other things, your current family circumstances.
You can complete a non-binding nomination by:
- logging in to SuperOnline and providing the relevant details, or
- completing a Nomination of Beneficiaries form.
(TelstraSuper RetireAccess members only)
If you nominate an eligible reversionary beneficiary, TelstraSuper is required by law to pay them the remaining balance of your TelstraSuper RetireAccess account as an income stream, in the event of your death. That is, your pension payments will continue to be paid to your nominated beneficiary.
A reversionary beneficiary nomination can only be made at the commencement of a TelstraSuper RetireAccess account. You may only nominate a single reversionary beneficiary who must be an eligible dependant at the date of your death. You cannot nominate a reversionary beneficiary and a binding/non-binding beneficiary on the same TelstraSuper RetireAccess account.
Before making the decision to nominate, update or remove a reversionary beneficiary, you may want to consider seeking financial advice, as there may be Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs implications.
As a TelstraSuper member, you can access financial planning advice through TelstraSuper Financial Planning.
You can complete a reversionary nomination by:
- Completing a TelstraSuper RetireAccess application form.
Who you can nominate
You can nominate eligible dependants or your legal personal representative as a binding or non-binding beneficiary. These include:
- a spouse – including de facto and same-sex
- children of any age – including adopted and step-children
- interdependants – someone you live with and have a closer personal relationship with where one or both of you provide for the financial and domestic support and personal care of the other
- other financial dependants – such as someone who relies on you financially
- your legal personal representative – the executor of your estate as stated in your Will. Note a legal personal representative cannot be nominated as a reversionary beneficiary.
What if you don't have dependants?
If you don't have any dependants and you wish the benefit to be paid to a non-dependant, you could:
- nominate your legal personal representative, and
- draw up a Will to show how your estate and your superannuation benefit should be distributed.
How to update a nomination
You can complete a new Nomination of Beneficiaries form at any time to update your binding or non-binding nomination. The most recent nomination you make will override and automatically cancel your previous nomination.
How to cancel a nomination
If you wish to have the trustee determine who receives your benefit in the event of your death, you can remove your nomination altogether by completing the Nomination of Beneficiaries form.
Where to check your nominated beneficiaries
It's important that you review your beneficiary details regularly, to make sure your nominations are up to date and reflect your current wishes. You can check your current nominated beneficiaries on:
- SuperOnline; or
- your quarterly Super Statement.
What happens if my nomination lapses or is otherwise invalid
If your nomination has lapsed at the date of death, is otherwise invalid or is incapable of being followed, the trustee will exercise its discretion and distribute any benefit payable to your dependents and/or legal personal representative as it sees fit and in accordance with superannuation laws.
Need help with your beneficiaries
At TelstraSuper we’re here to help you build a secure financial future. TelstraSuper Financial Planning has a team of phone based Advisers who can provide you with simple advice about your TelstraSuper account. If you’d like to discuss nominating beneficiaries contact us on 1300 033 166 or by filling in our online contact form.Online contact form