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A disadvantage of superannuation scheme is that many Australians, particularly those who change employers regularly, are likely to have various small amounts of money in a number of separate superannuation funds.
This, in turn, can lead to a decrease in earnings as each fund will introduce any number of fees for maintaining account. More significantly, a member account in a superannuation fund can possibly be forgotten in time and become unclaimed.
It is estimated that there is currently more than $7.2 billion of unclaimed and lost superannuation. This works out to about one in every three Australians who have money in superannuation and don't know about it.
As such, it is imperative that Australians take a proactive approach to superannuation by making sure they are always aware of which funds their superannuation contributions are being made to and by rolling over these amounts where practical into a consolidated fund each time they change jobs.
By doing so, one can avoid difficulties involved in having to track down any possible lost money belonging to them after years of neglecting to pay attention to superannuation during employment.
Jonathan Bailey is a columnist for Unclaimed Superannuation, a website providing information on superannuation in Australia and how to track down lost and unclaimed super.