Take control of your income in retirement. Learn more about the features and costs of our income streams and compare us with other pension funds.

Our income stream features

You can choose to be paid fortnightly, monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly. If you meet a condition of release, you can withdraw one-off lump sums at any time. Be sure to check what your minimum and maximum withdrawal amounts are.

Payment drawdown options

If you invest in more than one option, you can ask us to draw your payments from your investment options in 3 ways: pro-rata, priority, or percentage (online only).

Estate planning options

You have three options available for nominating a beneficiary when you have an income stream with us. You can elect for a:

  • reversionary beneficiary
  • non-lapsing or lapsing binding death benefit nomination
  • non-binding death benefit nomination.

Investment performance

It’s important to understand where your superannuation is invested and how those investment options are performing. You can do this by checking the investment returns.

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Fees and costs

As one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds, we use our size and stability to keep costs down. Your fees go directly towards the costs of managing your investments and providing great member services such as seminars and financial advice.

Investment fees vary from year to year and can't be precisely calculated in advance. The investment fees shown below are indicative only and are based on the estimated fees and costs for each investment option for the 12 months to 30 June 2021, apart from the Trustee charge (only applicable to Transition to retirement income stream) and Management fee (only applicable to Retirement income stream). The amount you’ll pay in future years will depend on the fees and costs incurred by us in managing the investment options and the Trustee charge or Management fee, where applicable. Past costs are not a reliable indicator of future costs.

These amounts reflect a broad range of fees and costs associated with the purchase/sale and ongoing management of investments of the fund and underlying investment vehicles. This includes fees paid to investment managers, as well as amounts paid to a variety of third parties such as our custodian, brokers and government authorities. These amounts are paid from the assets of the investment option before we calculate the unit price and are not deducted directly from your account.

Implicit transaction, borrowing and property operating costs may also affect your investment but are not included in the table below. For more information refer to the fees and costs section of the Member Booklet: Retirement Income Stream or Member Booklet: Transition to Retirement Income Stream as relevant.

Transition to retirement income stream

Estimated investment fees (% per year)

Investment option Investment- related costs Performance- related costs Transaction costs Other fees and costs Trustee charge Total investment fees
High Growth 0.31% 0.58% 0.08% 0.08% 0.04%


Growth 0.28% 0.49% 0.07% 0.08% 0.04%


Diversified Socially Responsible Investment 0.24% 0.10% 0.06% 0.09% 0.04%


Balanced Growth 0.25% 0.44% 0.07% 0.07% 0.04%


Conservative Growth 0.12% 0.09% 0.04% 0.05% 0.04%


Australian Equities 0.04% 0.00% 0.01% 0.01% 0.00%


Australian Equities Socially Responsible Investment 0.17% 0.00% 0.04% 0.03% 0.00%


International Equities 0.04% 0.00% 0.01% 0.02% 0.00%


Property 0.24% 0.34% 0.14% 0.11% 0.00%


Australian Fixed Interest 0.04% 0.00% 0.00% 0.02% 0.00%


International Fixed Interest 0.06% 0.00% 0.00% 0.21% 0.00%


Cash 0.02% 0.00% 0.00% 0.01% 0.00%


Retirement income stream

Estimated investment fees (% per year)
Investment option Investment-related costs Performance-related costs Transaction costs Other fees and costs Management fee Total investment fees
High Growth 0.29% 0.38% 0.08% 0.09% 0.15% 0.99%
Growth 0.26% 0.34% 0.07% 0.08% 0.15% 0.90%
Diversified Socially Responsible Investment 0.18% 0.09% 0.06% 0.09% 0.15% 0.57%
Balanced Growth 0.23% 0.30% 0.07% 0.06% 0.15% 0.81%
Conservative Growth 0.13% 0.09% 0.04% 0.04% 0.15% 0.45%
Australian Equities 0.03% 0.00% 0.01% 0.02% 0.06% 0.12%
Australian Equities Socially Responsible Investment 0.16% 0.00% 0.04% 0.07% 0.06% 0.33%
International Equities 0.03% 0.00% 0.01% 0.03% 0.06% 0.13%
Property 0.23% 0.34% 0.14% 0.12% 0.06% 0.89%
Australian Fixed Interest 0.03% 0.00% 0.00% 0.03% 0.06% 0.12%
International Fixed Interest 0.05% 0.00% 0.00% 0.25% 0.06% 0.36%
Cash 0.02% 0.00% 0.00% 0.01% 0.00% 0.03%

What do investment fees include?

Investment-related costs

Investment-related costs reflect fees paid to investment managers as well as the costs of the Aware Super investment team which is responsible for setting the fund’s investment strategy, overseeing the fund’s investment portfolios, and managing certain investments in house. 

Performance-related costs

We don’t directly deduct any performance-based fees from member accounts. However, we have performance fee arrangements with a number of external investment managers. These costs may be paid from the assets of the fund or deducted from underlying investment vehicles and are subject to change without notice to you. Performance-related costs reflect the estimated performance fees incurred in relation to these investment options for the year ending 30 June 2021.

Transaction costs

Transaction costs include brokerage, clearing fees, stamp duty, commissions, buy/sell spreads and due diligence costs.

Other fees and costs

Other fees and costs reflect a range of other expenses associated with the fund’s investments. This includes fees paid to the custodian to hold the assets of the fund, as well as amounts paid to accounting/ audit and tax specialists to assist with the reporting obligations of certain underlying investments. It also includes the costs associated with the fund's securities lending program, as well as costs associated with the use of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives.

Trustee charge (for Transition to retirement income stream accounts)

A Trustee charge of 0.04% applies to the diversified options (i.e. the High Growth, Growth, Diversified Socially Responsible Investment, Balanced Growth and Conservative Growth options). We will give you at least 30 days’ notice, as required by law, before increasing the Trustee charge for any of the investment options.

Management fee (for Retirement income stream accounts)

A management fee is payable for the management of the product. A management fee of 0.15% applies to the diversified investment options and 0.06% to the single asset class investment options (excluding the Cash option). This fee is payable for expenses related to the development of enhanced retirement offerings, retirement specific product management strategies and expenses incurred by the trustee (e.g. fund governance). We will give you at least 30 days’ notice, as required by law, before increasing the management fee for any of the investment options.

Total investment fees

Total investment fees reflect the total of investment-related costs, performance-related costs, transaction costs, other fees and costs and the trustee charge or management fee, where applicable.

For more information refer to the fees and costs section of the Member Booklet: Retirement Income Stream or Member Booklet: Transition to Retirement Income Stream as relevant.

Other fees, such as administration fees are deducted from your account balance. Additional details on the various types of fees and costs are provided below.

Administration fees

If you have an income stream account, you’ll pay $52 per year ($4.33 per month) plus an asset-based administration fee of 0.20% per year ($100 per $50,000). The asset-based administration fee is capped at $1,500 per year ($125 per month).

Insurance fees

No insurance cover is available through your Aware Super Retirement Income Stream or Transition to Retirement Income Stream.

Advice fees

We can provide simple advice in relation to your Aware Super account over the phone at no additional cost to you.

You will only be charged an advice fee if you would like more complex advice, and the fees you’ll pay will be discussed and agreed with you at that time. The first meeting is complimentary and if you decide not to go ahead, there's no obligation.

You can read more about financial advice and make an appointment here.

Other potential fees

Type of fee or cost Amount How and when paid
Buy-sell spread Nil The fund does not charge a buy-sell spread.
Switching fee Nil The fund does not charge an exit fee.

How do I get started?

If you want to set up either a retirement income stream or a transition to retirement income stream with us, complete the application form at the back of the relevant member booklet.

And don’t forget that you can contact us if you have any questions. A planner can talk you through the process and help you set up a tax-effective income stream suited to your personal situation.