Starting a new job
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Starting a new job

The average Australian changes jobs 12 times in their lifetime. When you change jobs, there are important financial decisions to consider. We’ve put together our top tips covering some of the main ones including the one many seem to overlook - looking after your super.

Changing jobs can be exciting. But don’t lose sight of keeping your finances in check so that when you do change roles the transition is relatively stress-free.

Changing jobs is the new normal

It used to be normal for people to stay in one or two jobs for most of their working life. These days not only is changing jobs common but so is changing careers.

With businesses increasingly hiring casual or contract workers to suit seasonal requirements such as Christmas or harvest time, there's often an increase in staff turnover. With this comes fewer full-time opportunities and employees often working more than one job to make ends meet. Frequent change can mean your finances become a bit disorganised. There are steps you can take when you're changing jobs to help keep your finances in order.

Take control

It might sound obvious but confirming a few key administration details before you start and finish a job will make it much easier to take control of your finances later.

Confirm your new wage

When you find a new job, check if the salary includes or excludes superannuation. The Superannuation Guarantee (SG) – which is what your employer pays into your super – is 10% as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. By understanding the breakdown of your salary, you'll have a better idea of what your take-home pay will be. 

Finalise your last pay

Once you finish up at a job, check your final payslip to make sure it includes any leave you're owed, and your final super contribution has been paid. You can usually log in to your super account to check this as well.

Choose where your super goes

Your super is your money for your future. It is a long-term investment which will help give you the life you want in retirement so it's important to make an informed decision about where your super goes.

When you change jobs your super fund will still be the same fund you had at your last job, unless you take an action to make a change. If you have never had a super account before you will need to choose one, or your employer will create an account for you with their default fund.


Not a member yet?

You can still let your new employer know that you want to become a member. Complete the online form by clicking the button below, we’ll email you the completed form to give to your new employer. They’ll do the rest.

How super can help

Now might be a good time to find out if you have any super accounts you don’t know about. If you have multiple accounts, you may be paying fees to several super funds which could eat into your savings. By having just one account, it’s easier to keep track of your super. There are a few things to consider before combining your super account – you can learn more here

If you've changed jobs, you might have also changed work categories. Review your insurance cover through your super to make sure it still suits you and your work requirements.

If you’re lucky enough to be earning more in your new job, it might be a good time to look at how you can grow your super. Salary sacrificing, for instance, is an optional super contribution which comes out of your pre-tax wage. If you can afford it, it’s a great way to help you save for retirement. 

Next steps to consider

  • Take your super with you when you’re changing jobs

  • Consider consolidating into one super fund

  • Review your insurance cover

  • Think about contributing extra


Here’s a handy checklist if you’re changing jobs

  1. Check your final pay

    Your previous employer is required to pay out any leave you haven’t taken and are entitled to.
  2. What’s your new wage?

    When you’re finalising your contract, make sure you check if the amount includes your super.

  3. Let people know where you go

    Let your colleagues know where you’re going and – if you think it’s appropriate – give them your contact details. It’s always nice to keep in touch with your old work mates!

  4. Insurance between jobs

    You may be covered by insurance through your super fund. Now might be a good time to review your default insurance cover and any Income Protection you might have.
    Learn more 

  5. Your new employers super fund

    Employers will have a default super fund they’ll pay your super into if you don’t choose your own. It’s easy to take your super with you 
    Stay with LUCRF Super

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  6. Leave a good impression

    Regardless of why you’re leaving your job, it’s always good to leave on a positive note. A smile and thank you goes a long way in showing respect.


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Average change of job based on Australian Institute of Business article, 24 July 2018.

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