Disability Insurance shameful time frames
Please people be aware that when you really need your insurance you will be in for a long wait, I am 14 months in and still no decision. Documents sent to wrong insurers, requests not actioned with myself having to call weekly to make sure the claim is progressing, 3 weeks to send a document from one insurer to another insurer. I have a lawyer but hasn't made a bit of difference. Im now facing eviction from my home because I can't pay my mortgage. No regulatory body to look at how fund handles claim until a decision is made seems wrong to me. Please if anyone else is in same position please email me. This is not fair and certainly not ethical.
Highway robbery, they will steal all your money until there is nothing left
I have been with this fund for 3 years and they continually charge fees until there is nothing left in my account. They are poorly investing money also as it has made little returns. I cancelled the un needed insurance and they started it back up again just because they could. Stay away and switch funds as soon as you can.
Income stream balance heading in the right direction!
I've been in the income stream phase of my super since 2014. I have always taken the minimum amount out each month and although the sharemarket has had some instability over this time I note that I now have more money in my account now than when I first entered retirement. This was certainly not my expectation. I'm happy with their performance.
They poorly invest my money and still charge.
Very unhappy with performance to date. Paid all year only to be in the red at end of year. Very poor investment choices and NO accountability . Customer service very lackluster with the attitude of we have your money so too bad! Literally would have been better off putting my money under my mattress
An incredibly stressful experience
I was with FSS for many years (approx. 15), paying also for Income Protection for over 10 years. I placed a claim as I had unfortunately fallen ill only to find that FSS refused to pay, leaving me struggling for the 2 years I was entitled for payment. They showed no concern that I was in hardship and had to use my super early to survive - leaving me now with no super.
It was a dreadful time as I was not only refused payment but also made to wait approximately 18 months whilst TAL and Metlife passed the claim from one to the other to assess. This experience was totally unexpected and extremely stressful.
July 2018-Dec 2018 = $90 profit.
What a poor performing Super Fund between June-Dec 2018. Thousands were contributed and made only $90 in 6 months. FSS is a joke and has not been performing well in recent times. I have no confidence in them anymore. They are losing MY money. Time to switch.
C De Silva
Unable to transfer funds to my super fund for many months now .
Extremely difficult to transfer my existing funds from first state super to my SMSF. Now trying for many months
They don’t seem to have any interest about the customers . They are following a complicated process that makes difficult for any existing customer to close their account. Not willing to explain any information they are requesting but keep on sending the same email . Customer representative who answers the phone calls don’t seem to have any understanding of the specific subject matter ,no point calling them . So I have to say one has to be very careful before opening an account with them ( which is extreme easy and supportive ) because the exit is nearly impossible
Retirement Assistance sadly lacking
Went into a FSS 'walk in office' to get advice on our imminent retirement. We were told they could not help us. They wanted to slough us off to their privately contracted financial advice service and charge us $2,000 per person approximately to provide retirement assistance. All we received were brick walls to our questions. We left with nothing but a brochure on retirement income streams. Thanks for nothing FSS. At the very least a superannuation company should provide free assistance to convert an accumulation fund to a pension fund. They provided us with absolutely no assistance. Shame on you!!!
I have been with this fund since retiring 10 years ago, initially in the Balanced portfolio but for the last 3 years I accepted the risk and switched to the more aggressive High Growth.
Despite drawing a regular income, I still have almost all of my initial capital in the fund. An excellent result! I could not have achieved this making my own investment decisions. The balance has fluctuated and become “scary” at times but trusting in First State has paid off.
Fees are reasonable and member’s on line access is excellent.
Any direct dealings have been trouble free. I make a point of providing exactly what is required (i.e. dot the I’s and cross the T’s) and have found the service to be excellent.
Difficult to deal with, arrogant staff
Member since 1972, always difficult to deal with, i have retired and eligible to withdraw MY money but there is always a problem despite complying with rules. Latest issue is I needed cash for car repairs, completed the form they sent me and other documents expecting the money to appear. But no they wait 10 days and send me an email saying the form is too old and demanding a new form along with another bank statement and I D documents. I will now be withddrawing all my money and put it in a bank. At least it wont go backwards there. Hopeless! Make the effort and transfer to a fund that looks after its members.
First State Super is my employers choice. I am planning for retirement and sacrificing as much salary as I can. First state Super is losing it for me. My colleagues are also losing money with this fund. Time to find a better fund.
Shop Elseware No Customer Service
I have found First State Super to be stuck in the past, beurecratic no customer service. They are not competitive and have a very antiquated way of doing business. They recently took a premium of over $400 out of my account with out my permission despite not having any insurance. I have contacted them on a number of times and could not even talk to a manager. I would definately look elsewhere when considering First State Super. They are fine if you dont have to contact them when they make a mistake they are very slow to fi
x it. I am still awaiting my refund.
A good and timely response to my questions
I had a query about the contribution tax in my transaction history. The FFS staff were quick to respond and gave me information that was accurate. I am also satisfied with the way my superfund is performing, knowing the volatility in today’s markets. My super has rebounded quite well since late last year.
Keep up the good work FSS
Took a year to receive payment of a death benefit.... sent details 6 times and they claimed to have not received them.
Completely unfair as we had funeral expenses to pay and are now completely out of pocket due to incompetent administration and inefficient handling of a claim.
Still waiting on payment despite it all being approved etc.
Rip Off Blood Suckers
I did casual work and had not choice but to put my super into a First State Super account. The super amount was $43.57. Although it is not a lot of super, it was taken by First State Super due to their stealthy opt out insurance policy. Because I did not know I had to opt out of their imposed insurance. I lost all my super.
$43.57 into super fund 31/07/2017
$0.29 interest earned
$6.54 - tax
$5.63 (Direct fee (net of tax) Not sure what this fee is for.
$31.69 Insurance premium I never asked for. My life and permanent disability insurance is with my main super fund. Who in their right mind puts a $31.69 insurance fee on $43???
Balance at 29/1/2018 $0.00
Limited Investment options
I have two super accounts because different funds offer different investment options. First State had a good performing property choice. My other fund has an excellent infrastructure choice but not a good performing property one. I wanted to combine the two but First State does not have a dedicated infrastructure choice. In fact their individual choice of investments are quite limited compared to other funds. Not only that, they only allow one free change of investments a financial year, after which changes incur a $50 fee. They have not kept up with the times. My other fund allows a change of investments once a month free. However I have now found a fund that not only allows changes once per day for free, has a dedicated infrastructure fund, as well as many other choices not found elsewhere, but also allows direct investments in the ASX300 that you can trade daily. Why on earth would anyone want a DIY super fund when you have this? First State has hardly progressed since last century. I'm not unhappy with them in any other way, and they transferred my money very quickly, you just have to transfer via your new fund, done automatically. But a lack of investment choices and penalizing you for doing so more than once a year....ah...see yah!!
Low caliber investment managers!
I joined FSS's based on historical returns and the low fee. I was not looking for 10-11% "high growth" returns but a stable and secure investment and therefore opted for "balanced growth". Over the last one and a half year my net returns [(current balance)/(employer contribution - contribution tax)] were 2.7%. I could have got 2.8% with ING's Saving Maximiser account. I am disappointed and moving to another super fund.
Poor performance 2018
Disappointing results on the growth fund June - Dec 2018 resulting in about 4% loss + inflation rate of near 2%... surely no CEO xmas bonuses went out this year. I've been with FSS, my employer default fund for 12 years and salary sacrificing for the past 5 years. With these results I think I should consider other options.
Account losing money rapidly
My account has been losing money very rapidly.
$4000 in the last 3 weeks.
The last 6 months lost approx $9000
It is like getting blood from a stone when trying to get information.
The person i spoke to on the phone indicated it was bad investments.
I hope whoever is making the investment choices is looking for a new job.
I have to find a new super fund as this is disgraceful.
Their administration is only interested in putting obstacles in your way but don't provide a helpful
I have had enough of First State Super. They seem to like to play power games. I have tried twice now to lodge a simple application to appoint my spouse using their binding death benefit nomination form. Twice they have rejected my application on the most technical grounds. On the first occasion they rejected the application because there was a supposed alteration which they didn't specify. I certainly couldn't see it. The second reason they gave is that the dates of mine and the witnesses varied. I didn't see this at all in the application. All dates were the same. On the second occasion just recently I was told that I had used either the wrong form or an old form. This was in spite of the fact that I had downloaded the application from their website. If if it is technically not the most updated form the information required is still exactly the same. I have had a gut full of First States' attitude and I will now be seeking a superannuation fund that is more responsive to its members rather than to play power games which are very unhelpful. It seems that State Super must be finding some sort of financial gain by making it hard for me to appoint a binding beneficiary. Perhaps they hope that a client will just give up trying to appoint a beneficiary. Perhaps they can charge more fees if I give up and don't appoint a beneficiary. I won't put up with this tactic any long . I just don't trust the funds integrity. I am suspicious that they just want to rip me off.
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