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What are the average costs of running an SMSF?

The perceived high costs involved with running your own fund can sometimes be the determinant factor for many people, especially when considering if having an SMSF is right for them. In addition to this, the first question I get asked from prospective clients is “what are your fees?”. It’s a legitimate question and is usually the catalyst for trustees to change administration providers, that and the lack of perceived value they are receiving for that cost.

Being in this industry for quite a while now I have come across many different fee structures. Traditionally the fees to run an SMSF are higher than your industry or retail fund, however the opportunities afforded to you with control and flexibility need to be weighed up in terms of the value they provide you in reaching your retirement goals. In 2014 Rice Warner Actuaries conducted research on the SMSF operating costs across the country and have come up with a scaled view demonstrating the variance in costs.

What are the average costs of running an SMSF? SMSF Administrator-SMSF Admin-Self Managed Super Fund Admin-SMSF Specialist-how to setup an SMSF

*In 2014 Rice Warner Actuaries

This table is based on a fund in accumulation mode and doesn’t take in the extra costs firms are charging for pension set ups, actuarial certificates etc.

As we can see there is quite a variance in costs which can sometimes be attributed to different assets held that may be more complex, however in my experience this isn’t always the case. It’s no wonder that the younger demographic (say 30 – 45 year olds) find the above costs a hard pill to swallow, especially as retirement could be some 30 or more years away.

Superfund Partners has taken the approach that where we can leverage off technology and partner with forward-thinking firms, we will. Hence our fee structure is reflective of the efficiencies we have created and passed on to our clients. Our current fee model is as follows:

Low (Standard) – $1,980

Medium (Premium) – $2,640

High (Comprehensive) – $3,300

As you can see in comparison to the industry standard we are well below on all levels with cost.


Manager & SMSF Specialist Advisor at Superfund Partners. I'm the person who oversees the day to day operations of Superfund Partners and it's my job to ensure our clients receive the best possible service. Although I have many years experience looking after the accounting functions of SMSF clients I'm not an accountant by trade. My passion and qualifications reside squarely on the advice side of the business. I love the challenge of helping people reach their goals. The satisfaction I get from knowing that I've helped another person stay on track or reach something they've been aiming for is what makes me come to work each day and love the job I do. Outside of the office, along with running around after a 4 year old, I love keeping active and getting to the beach any chance I can get. I am recognised as an SMSF Specialist Advisor with the SMSF Association.