The COVID-19 pandemic:

What you need to know

The COVID-19 crisis is impacting our economy, our jobs, and our super. You may be feeling concerned about your super and your finances in this uncertain time.

Our contact centre is currently experiencing a high volume of calls, and we apologise if you’ve experienced any increased wait times as a result. We’re doing our best to respond as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, you can keep up to date with all the latest COVID-19 information using the links below.

Keep track of your super online

The best way to stay on top of your account during this time is to log in to MemberAccess. By doing so, you can check your balance, update your details and review your insurance options.

Financial support

Many Australians are losing working hours or their jobs – on a short-term basis or longer. Some businesses are being forced to close and markets are dropping. This is causing extreme financial strain for many people.

Thankfully, the Government has implemented some measures that could provide you with assistance. We have included some information on these below.

Access to super – COVID-19 Early release of superannuation

The COVID-19 Early Release of Superannuation provision allows eligible individuals to withdraw up to $10,000 from their superannuation before 30 June 2020, and a further $10,000 between 1 July and 24 September 2020, if they experience financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Please note that applications for early access to your super need to be made directly to the ATO through myGov. You cannot apply directly through Intrust Super.

Income support payments

New support payments have been introduced by Centrelink, including JobSeeker Payments, Youth Allowance Jobseeker and Parenting Payments (Partnered and Single), with reduced waiting periods and means testing. The JobSeeker Payment offers eligible recipients up to $612 per fortnight. These payments will provide you with income support if you meet the income tests as a result of the economic downturn due to COVID-19.

Additional support payments

Two $750 payments are being provided to income support recipients and eligible concession card holders. One was paid on 31 March 2020, and another is due to be paid automatically on 13 July 2020. If you successfully apply to receive one of the eligible payments from 12 March to 13 April 2020, you will receive both these payments.

JobKeeper

A wage subsidy called JobKeeper is being provided to employers to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 continue employing staff. If you are eligible to receive the JobKeeper payment, you will receive a minimum of $1,500 per fortnight as income. All employees receiving JobKeeper must be paid the minimum, regardless of their previous wage. Businesses can also choose to pay additional wage on top of this income.

Pause on payments

Some banks have announced that they are willing to press pause on loan repayments for a certain period. The Government has also announced a six-month moratorium on evictions for both residential and commercial tenants. It may be worth contacting your bank or landlord to find out what options are available to you – make sure you check this out before pushing pause.

Your investments

Global markets, including Australian share markets, are currently experiencing a downturn as a result of COVID-19. Short-term volatility is an expected part of the super journey and does occur from time to time. Superannuation is a long-term investment and Intrust Super’s investment portfolio is well-diversified with defensive assets to help offset some of the losses in share markets. However, market volatility will still impact our portfolio in the short term.

Market volatility can potentially also impact your eligibility for insurance in super, if your account balance falls below what is required to cover premiums. You should check your balance by logging into MemberAccess, or call 132 467.

If you are concerned about how market volatility is impacting your savings and/or are considering switching option, you should consider speaking to a financial adviser. Intrust Super offers financial advice1 via, Intrust360°. you can also perform projections for free, online, using our SuperBlueprint tool:

Further details are provided at the links below:

Your insurance cover

The most important thing at the moment is your health and that of your family. Prioritising your well-being, staying informed and taking appropriate precautions is vital.  It’s also important to know what kind of insurance cover you have. Intrust Super provides PayGuard income protection insurance, and Life and Total and Permanent Disablement insurance cover to all eligible members who either opt in or meet default insurance eligibility criteria.

Importantly, Intrust Super’s insurance policies do not have any exclusions relating specifically to pandemics.

This means that if eligible, you will be covered with income protection if you fall ill with COVID-19 (subject to applicable terms, conditions and waiting periods). Generally, you’re required to be making superannuation contributions to be covered by PayGuard, however, if you are registered for JobKeeper, you may still be eligible for PayGuard even if you are currently not making contributions, You should read the below links for further details.

You are also covered by Life & TPD insurance should you become totally and permanently disabled, or pass away, as a result of a COVID-19 related illness.

Please note  your insurance cover may cease if you have travelled to a destination on the DFAT Do Not Travel register, if you withdraw all your super via the Early release of Superannuation provisions, or if market volatility or withdrawals drive your balance below what is required to cover insurance premiums.

Pension drawdown changes

The Government has temporarily halved the minimum pension drawdown from 5% to 2.5%. These new rates apply to the 2020 and 2021 financial years. By taking less income from your pension product this year and/or next year, pension investors can preserve their savings longer and leave more in their account to benefit from any potential market recovery. It’s best to discuss these strategies with a financial adviser.

Financial advice

During times of uncertainty, it can be very helpful to seek financial advice. You can speak with one of our qualified financial advisers1 from Intrust360° or use our online Super Blueprint tool available through MemberAccess. Financial advisers and Super Blueprint can help you understand your risk profile and make informed decisions about the future.

For more information

For more information regard any of the items above, please contact 132 467 or send an email to info@intrust.com.au.

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The information above is of a general in nature only and does not consider your needs or objectives. For more information see our Product Disclosure Statements.  For advice personalised to your circumstances, please speak to a financial adviser.