Industry SuperFunds are run only to benefit members, have low fees and have never paid commissions to financial planners. They have a history of strong long-term investment performance. They are available for every type of worker, regardless of occupation, and for every stage of life, from starting work to a happy retirement. In fact, nearly 5 million workers already belong to a fund that carries the symbol. 

AustralianSuper

AustralianSuper is for all Australians

Australia’s largest super fund, trusted by over 2.3 million members. Members benefit from low fees and our history of strong, long-term performance. Our size and scale gives members access to some of the world’s best investments. Anyone is welcome to join.

Cbus

Built by workers, for workers

With a history of strong long-term performance, Cbus is the leading Industry Super Fund for the building, construction and allied industries. Established in 1984, we have 142,000 participating employers and 797,000 members.

HESTA

Dedicated to health and community services

More people in health and community services choose HESTA for their super. Click here to find out why.

Hostplus

Hostplus - We Go With You

Life never stops. New jobs, new cities, new paths to follow. That’s why it’s important to find a super fund that grows with you. Wherever life takes you, take Hostplus.

Spirit

Were big enough to make a difference and small enough to care.

At Spirit Super, we work as hard as you do. We pride ourselves on excellent service, personalised advice and support you can count on.

CareSuper

Super for savvy professionals

Smart, proactive investing and competitive fees. That’s how we help members reach their financial goals. The result? Strong returns for members – and a list of awards to match. Compare us today.

NGS

Securing the financial future of our members

With low cost, award-winning insurance, free seminars and professional financial advice, NGS is focused on delivering positive retirement outcomes and personalised service for those in non-government education and community organisations.

TWUSUPER

One of Australia’s original Industry SuperFunds

The Industry SuperFund for people in transport. Our close working relationship with the transport industry means TWUSUPER offer support services and products that suit your needs.

Energy

Putting the energy into super

Workers in the energy, renewables and electrical industries – and their families – choose Energy Super. Because our super fund is for the energy industry – delivering strong long-term performance with low fees, insurance tailored to energy work and we accept KiwiSaver transfers. Anyone can join.

First

Delivering strong long-term returns for hard-working Australians

First Super welcomes all Australians regardless of occupation or location, but we have particularly strong links to the furniture and joinery, pulp and paper, and timber industries. We support over 51,000 members who trust us to manage over $3.24 billion of their hard-earned savings.

legalsuper

The super fund for Australia’s legal community

Founded in 1989, our unique connection with the legal community enables legalsuper to deliver a tailored service, suited to the specific needs of legal professionals.

REI

Super is all about location, location, location!

Tailored products, competitive fees, profits to members and a strong history of long-term net investment returns make REI Super the natural fund of choice for professionals in the real estate and related industries.

Superannuation FAQs

What is an industry super fund?

Industry superannuation funds, as the name suggests, were originally established to look after the super and retirement needs of people in specific industries such as construction, hospitality or healthcare, while protecting them from high fees and commissions. Nowadays however, all Australians are welcome to join them, no matter what industry they work in. And unlike retail funds, which are owned by banks and other large financial corporations, industry funds are in effect owned by their members. Currently, industry funds look after the superannuation of more than 11 million workers in Australia.

Only benefit members

An industry super fund is one that is run only to benefit its members, and not the interests of external shareholders. This means that profits are returned to the fund and its account-holders, instead of being paid out in dividends as is the case with retail (e.g. bank-owned) funds.

Low fees

A key benefit of industry super funds is their low fees, while still providing strong long-term performance, high quality, professional advice, a range of investment choices and personal insurance options. Industry super funds also have never paid commissions to financial advisors.

Strong performance

Industry SuperFunds have out-performed retail super funds over the past five, ten and 15 years*. This means better returns and a more comfortable life in retirement for their members.

Industry Super Australia

Industry Super Australia manages collective programs on behalf of 13 Industry SuperFunds, with the objective of maximising the retirement savings of five million Australians. Their work includes the Industry SuperFunds marketing campaign, which provides information about superannuation and the benefits of membership of funds that carry the symbol. ISA also conducts research and liaises with government and regulators on behalf of participating funds and entities.

Which funds have the lowest fees?

On the whole, industry super funds are set up to have low fees and usually have lower fees than retail funds.

Types of fees

There are different types of fees you can expect to pay, no matter what type of fund you are in. Administration fees for managing accounts in industry super funds usually comprise a small, set weekly fee, plus a percentage of the annual account balance up to a maximum each year. Investment fees are designed to cover the costs of managing investments in a members super account and vary depending on the type of investment chosen. Fees can also be charged for insurance products, advice and certain transactions.

Where do I find them?

All fees are outlined on funds websites, either on a dedicated fees page or on specific investment pages.

Can I change super fund online?

You can join a super fund online via the funds website. All 13 Industry SuperFunds have online join forms. Usually, youll need to have your Tax File Number handy, as well as your employers ABN if you are an employee. Once youve joined, your new fund will be able to help find any lost super and consolidate all of your super into your new account, which means youll only have one set of fees to pay, and therefore have more super for your retirement.

I am retiring now, are there extra things to consider?

Retirement should be one of the most enjoyable milestones in life, and there are a few things you can do in the lead up to retirement to give you more income from your super.

Speak to a financial planner

To make the most out of your move into retirement, make sure youre setting yourself up for the best possible retirement income, by chatting to a financial advisor who specialises in retirement planning such as the ones at your industry super fund.

Ask them about combining super with the age pension, the effect of deeming rates on a pension, and how to best use any end-of-employment payouts and windfalls.

Make some final contributions to your super

If you are under 67 of age, you can make up to three years worth of voluntary after-tax (non-concessional) contributions to your super, to a maximum of $330,000, as long as no additional after-tax contributions are made in the two years after that.

This means you can make a final top-up to your super, and enjoy the tax benefits on the investment in retirement. You might also be eligible for a super co-contribution.

Plan to be active and connected

After a lifetime of working regularly, many retirees suddenly find all the free time, and loss of responsibility, quite daunting and deflating. Plan to live an active and fulfilling life in retirement by thinking about the things you want to do, the groups you want to join, new skills you want to learn and even old hobbies youd like to pick up again.

Staying connected to the community, friends and family, and feeling valued as an experienced and capable senior in society is vital for the physical and emotional wellbeing of most retirees.

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance and should never be the sole factor considered when selecting a fund. Comparisons modelled by SuperRatings, commissioned by ISA and shows average differences in net benefit of the main Balanced option of 13 Industry SuperFunds# and retail funds tracked by SuperRatings, with a 5 (119 options), 10 (57 options) and 15 (39 options) year performance history, taking into account historical earnings and fees - excluding contribution, entry, exit and additional advisor fees - of main Balanced options. A main Balanced option being the funds largest Balanced option where 60% to 76% of the funds assets are invested in growth investments. This is generally the funds default option. Where a fund does not have a Balanced option, the option closest to SuperRatings benchmark range of 60% to 76% growth investments is used. Outcomes vary between individual funds. Modelling performed on 2 October 2020 using data as at 30 June 2020. See industrysuper.com/assumptions for more details about modelling calculations and assumptions. Consider a funds Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and your personal financial situation, needs or objectives, which are not accounted for in this information, before making an investment decision. ISA Pty Ltd ABN 72 158 563 270 Corporate Authorised Representative No. 426006 of Industry Fund Services Ltd ABN 54 007 016 195 AFSL 232514.
*Assumes starting balance of $50,000 and initial salary of $50,000.
#Note that since the date of the comparative modelling the number of funds qualifying as Industry SuperFunds has changed from 15 to 13. This change does not reduce any comparative differential shown in the modelling. Revised modelling will be undertaken in the near future.

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