Thirty years ago, unions fought tirelessly to secure the right to superannuation for all Australian workers, and in doing so, created Industry Super Funds to manage members' retirement savings.

Today, Industry Super Funds cater to the needs of over five million Australian workers, a remarkable achievement that unions rightfully take pride in.

Superannuation funds can be broadly categorised into two types: profit-to-member funds (e.g., Industry Funds) and for-profit funds (e.g., retail funds operated by major commercial banks). SA Unions unequivocally support Industry Super Funds and other profit-to-member funds, recognising their unparalleled track record of delivering higher investment returns to members while maintaining lower costs than for-profit funds.

Profit-to-member funds exist solely to benefit members, not shareholders, and were established by unions to give all workers access to superannuation. Trustee boards of these funds comprise an equal number of member-elected/union-elected representatives and employer representatives, ensuring that the interests of workers are safeguarded at all times.

On average, profit-to-member funds charge lower fees than retail funds, and do not pay commissions to financial planners and accountants. Moreover, they have a proven history of delivering strong long-term investment performance and prioritising innovative investment options that benefit members.

AustralianSuper manages $258 billion in assets on behalf of 2.87 million members – this makes us Australia’s largest super fund (as of 30 June 2022).

It’s our role to look after the financial wellbeing of our members, from the start of their career through to retirement.  Here’s how:

  • We’re run only for members — we don’t pay profits or dividends to shareholders, so the money we make goes back into the fund.
  • We use our size and scale to secure competitive fees and insurance costs, and invest for members like no other fund can.
  • We’re committed to providing members with strong long-term returns to maximise their retirement savings.

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