WA Super News

Welcome to the Spring edition of Employer News for 2019

31/10/2019
As we begin to wrap up 2019, I wanted to share a few important highlights and updates from the year. We’ve seen a significant number of ups and downs across the financial services industry.


Welcome to the Spring edition of Member News for 2019

29/10/2019
Another quarter has flown by and we’re now officially hurtling towards the end of the year. We’ve got plenty of important updates for you, including our strong end-of-financial-year returns.


Exciting new move to invest locally

23/10/2019
WA Super is embarking on a unique opportunity to make a positive impact in Western Australia, for Western Australians, with WA Super members to be the first in the state indirectly involved in...


Financial and family issues remain the leading causes of stress amongst Australians

10/10/2019
The findings are dramatic with 79% of people with debt losing sleep which in turn affects their mental health and ability to stay focused on the job (those with financial worries are 7.6 times more likely not to finish their daily tasks).


Welcome to the Spring edition of Retiree News for 2019

07/10/2019
This is our very first Retiree News, which has been introduced after member feedback stating that our Super News content wasn’t relevant to everyone. We have therefore tailored our quarterly newsletters and hope you enjoy the content in this new edition.


Insurance and investment cost changes

26/09/2019
There are updates to our investment fees and upcoming changes to our insurance premiums and policy terms for the Death, Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) Insurance and Income Protection (IP) offered by WA Super. The insurance changes will take effect from 4 November 2019 and we are currently writing to all members to advise of the changes.


Why risk matters when looking at returns

25/09/2019
We get it, returns are important. When it comes to comparing returns across super funds, it’s important to compare investment options that have similar risk profiles.


Maybe try asking the right people about your Super?

23/09/2019
Ever wanted to see into your future? Well now you can (sort of) with our new SuperClick Advice tool.


How much can you draw from your income stream?

17/09/2019
You’ve worked hard to earn your super throughout your life – now it’s time to finally enjoy it. Account-based pensions can be a simple and tax-effective way to live the retirement lifestyle you desire.


Super results from our super survey

16/09/2019
In May, WA Super reached out to our members asking for feedback through our annual Member Experience Survey. Nearly three thousand valued members took the time to respond to our survey.


Do you have a Financial Adviser?

12/09/2019
Do you have a Financial Adviser that oversees your WA Super account? If you do, that is great news! They can now access the important information about your account anytime and anywhere via our new Adviser portal.


Big Super Day Out success, but more to be done

12/09/2019
WA Super was proud to be involved in the First Nations Foundation initiative to reunite indigenous West Australians with their super. Our WA Super team headed north to Broome and Kununurra to provide much-needed financial information and counselling to people who may not have the same access to services that other Australians have.


Your 2019 Annual Statement is coming

06/09/2019
We are aiming to get your Annual statement to you by the end of September but keep an eye on our website for a confirmed date.


What does WA Super stand for?

09/08/2019


WA Super launches new Adviser Portal

25/07/2019
WA Super has launched a new digital platform to better support its adviser partners in their interactions with members.


Big Super Day Out

24/07/2019
Attending this year’s Big Super Day Out meant our WA Super team got to spend time talking to Indigenous people, sharing stories, whilst reconnecting them with their super.


Strong returns for 2018/19 Financial Year

23/07/2019
WA Super achieved results that would place it in the Top 10 for super fund returns for 2018/19 in SuperRatings’ rankings for the biggest 50 super funds.


This picture paints a thousand dollars.

04/07/2019
If we knew in our youth what we know today, everything would be different, right? We would have asked Ella Grace out on a date, we would have gone on that trip to Mexico, we would have taken that job up north. And today we’d be in a better place.


Healthy investing is as important as healthy eating

14/06/2019
Vegies are boring. Broccoli. Beets. Brussel Sprouts.. All boring. Grains are also boring and, like quinwa... qeenua… keanhua… unspellable. Bear with us, you’ll finally understand boring investments after reading this.


Why super is, well, super

14/06/2019
Superannuation, for most people, most of the time and for most of their lives is boring.


End this financial year with a bounce in your step... and your super.

13/06/2019
The end of the financial year is a good time to think about how you could grow your super. Here are some options you could consider to give your super a nice little boost.


Super can make the future nice and boring

13/06/2019
Everyone’s doing their best to use less paper and plastic. Thing is, the paper cup you used back in 1999 has only just finished decomposing*.


Your KiwiSaver is lonely back in New Zealand

13/06/2019
New Zealand is a super-interesting place. It has the world’s steepest residential street . You’ll find it in Dunedin where, up until recently, it was home to the annual Jaffa Race.


Protecting Your Super (PYS) changes ahead for your employees

12/06/2019
This is the sentiment of the new Protecting Your Super (PYS) legislation, which comes into effect on 1 July 2019.


Welcome to the Winter edition of Employer News for 2019

31/05/2019
It’s nearly that special time of year again. Yes it’s coming up to 30 June when things get a little crazy busy!


Super Seminars

27/05/2019
Financial literacy and education is important to us. We offer seminars to help you provide opportunities for your employees to gain a better financial literacy and improve their financial well being. We can help by showing members how small change can make a big difference.


Financial wellness in your workplace with ME

27/05/2019
ME is a bank with a difference. ME want to liberate Australians from financial worries and help them get ahead.

They want to make things easier for everyone – by putting their dreams within reach, and letting them live the lives they really want.


End of financial year

27/05/2019
With the end of financial year fast approaching, there are some important cut off dates you need to be aware of.


Protecting Your Super (PYS) changes ahead

21/05/2019
This is the sentiment of the new Protecting Your Super (PYS) legislation, which comes into effect on 1 July 2019.


WA Super investment performance update – boringly great results

10/05/2019
Super may be boring – but investment performance and the returns you get on your money is certainly not!


Welcome to the Autumn edition of SuperNews for 2019

01/04/2019
What a busy quarter it has been!

At WA Super, we have been very busy trying to meet our member’s needs in improving our range of services and the products we offer you. For our efforts, we were recently recognised as a finalist for both the Best Small Fund and Chief Investment Office of the year.


A little boring now, a big reward later.

29/03/2019
Retirement. So far away / terrifyingly near (please scribble out the one that doesn’t apply to you). According to the experts of boring super, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), the amount needed for a comfortable retirement is $640,000 for couples and $545,000 for singles.


Superannuation. For Her.

29/03/2019
Crack out your pink pens and your lady-calculators, it’s time to talk superannuation.
We know. Boring. (And rather condescending if we’re honest, so let’s cut that right out). What isn’t boring however, is the fact that on average, women’s Super balances are 64% lower than men’s*.


Tidy up your finances like Marie Kondo

08/03/2019
Letting go can be liberating. In partnership with Industry super fund-owned bank ME, we look at four ways to declutter your finances, inspired by tidying guru Marie Kondo.


Reliable performance in uncertain times

26/02/2019
At WA Super, we ended the 2018 calendar year with positive returns despite poor performance of the local and overseas stock markets in the last quarter.


WA Super awarded 5 stars for outstanding membership investment options

21/01/2019
WA Super has received the highest Heron Partnership Quality 5 Star Ratings for its outstanding Superannuation Product and five stars for its MySuper product.


Welcome to the Summer edition of Employer News for 2018

19/12/2018
As 2018 draws to a close, it’s a good time to pause and reflect on the year we have all had.

Much has happened this year, so it’s important for all of us, even in our busy lives to stop and take a breath and acknowledge the past events and clear a space for future plans.


WA economy is back from the brink, says CCI Chief Economist, Rick Newnham

17/12/2018
The Western Australian economy is back from the brink and optimism is returning to businesses and households alike.

Signs are optimistic for the future in WA, not just as a result of our State’s rejuvenated resources sector, but in sectors where industry and government are working together to diversify the economy.


Sign up for our new roadshow and reunite your staff with $18 billion in lost super!

14/12/2018
Our Employer Relationship team have been rolling out a new Find and Combine roadshow to many of our default employers.

This roadshow is aimed at reuniting our members, your staff, with any super they may have lost track of!


Triple the stress for women, but most super balances are too low

13/12/2018
With many women earning generally less than men, having career breaks or working part-time for their kids, it’s probably no surprise that they may feel financially vulnerable. On top of that, women typically live longer than men; so it’s a triple whammy of possible financial stress factors.


WA Super awarded for best over the phone advice

06/12/2018
WA Super has taken out the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees Best Member Facing Project Award, for the Simple Super Advice product; providing advice at no extra cost to its members seeking to make investment decisions leading to retirement.


The Western Australian economy is back from the brink

06/12/2018
The Western Australian economy is back from the brink and optimism is returning to businesses and households alike.

Signs are optimistic for the future in WA, not just as a result of our State’s rejuvenated resources sector, but in sectors where industry and government are working together to diversify the economy.


Welcome to the Summer edition of SuperNews for 2018

05/12/2018
As 2018 draws to a close, it’s a good time to pause and reflect on the year we have all had.
Much has happened this year, so it’s important for all of us, even in our own busy lives to stop and take a breath and acknowledge the past events and clear a space for future plans.


Mental illness: Fact v Fiction

03/12/2018
Talking about mental illness can be tough – especially when public perceptions about mental illness are unhelpful or even misguided. As your super fund, we’re here to support you and your family in the good times and the bad.


Improving our products and services

28/11/2018
We‘ve been working hard to enhance and improve the products available to you. We have outlined some important information about fee changes within both our Super Solutions and Retirement Solutions product as well as details of some improved services.


Take the plunge: understanding risk vs return

15/11/2018
Risk is part of life. Every day, we’re confronted by decisions that relate to risk; sometimes these fall within our comfort zone and sometimes outside it. Our comfort zone is the yardstick with which we measure our attitude to risk.


Rely on super, not housing growth or inheritance

15/11/2018
With less than a third of Western Australian households following a disciplined budget and saving regularly, it’s no surprise that 72 percent of Aussies are relying on housing capital growth for their financial future.


SuperClick Advice

31/10/2018
After many months of boring research and development we’re excited to launch our new, not-in-the-slightest bit boring, digital tool, SuperClick Advice.


Keep Calm and Stay Boring

29/10/2018
It is normal to feel anxious about the drama and turmoil that happens during uncertain market conditions which we are currently experiencing. Although super is generally seen as boring, it certainly isn’t feeling very boring right now.


Healthy investing is as important as healthy eating

04/10/2018
Just as you need a balanced diet for healthy eating, you need a balanced portfolio for healthy investing.


Strong returns continue

02/10/2018
At WA Super, we ended the 2017/18 financial year with some solid returns.


The Royal Commission update

03/08/2018
WA Super is aware of the Royal Commission activity that is currently underway. As a member focused not-for-profit super fund, we support the scrutiny on financial services and the superannuation industry where the outcomes will ultimately benefit members.


Welcome to the Winter edition of SuperNews for 2018

12/07/2018
As we say goodbye to last financial year and welcome in 2018-19, I just wanted to update you on the changing landscape in the superannuation industry.


1 in 2 Aussies have lost super. Find yours today.

12/07/2018
Right now there's billions in lost super sitting around in the Australian Taxation Office’s coffers unclaimed.


Boosting your retirement nest egg

12/07/2018
The Federal Government seems always to be tinkering with some element of super.


What’s your excuse for not learning to make better financial decisions?

12/07/2018
Here’s a startling statistic: over a third of Aussies learn about personal financial management for the first time when they’re an adult.


Member survey

12/07/2018
As part of our ongoing commitment to measure and improve our member’s experience with us, we have partnered with an independent research company Customer Service Benchmarking Australia (CSBA) to conduct a short phone survey with some of our members.


Optimism shines

12/07/2018
WA has hit the bottom of the business investment cliff and it’s all uphill from here, says CCI Chief Economist Rick Newnham


Peace of mind - ASFA Superfunds Magazine

03/07/2018
WA Super CEO Fabian Ross is on a mission to help members, employer groups, and the broader community understand the power of financial well-being. By BEN POWER.


Take advantage of our insurance offer!

25/06/2018
In June and July every year, we run a special offer that gives insured members the opportunity to request an additional $60,000 of Death cover or Death and Total and Permanent Disability cover without undergoing a full assessment.


WA Super is proud to be West Australian and to celebrate WA Day

15/06/2018
Big congratulations to our competition winner V. O'Shea and thank you to everyone who visited us on the WA Day long weekend at our booth and for participating in our Sustainable Future survey.


Tips to boost your super before the end of the financial year

15/06/2018
The end of the 2017/18 financial year is approaching fast, so now might be a good time to make the most out of your super before 30 June.


CEO welcome to Employers

13/06/2018
We are heading towards the end of the financial year and what a year it has been. As we draw closer we want to encourage all employers to prepare for the end of the financial year (EOFY) so you meet your super obligations.


End of financial year update

13/06/2018
The end of the financial year will be here before we know it, so it’s important to be aware of all the key activities including employer contribution deadlines.


The Banking Royal Commission

13/06/2018
The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has generated a lot of disturbing news in the financial services sector.


2018/19 Federal Budget overview

13/06/2018
Tackling multiple superannuation accounts, changing insurance for younger and inactive members, as well as increasing restrictions on superannuation fees were the key superannuation measures announced in the 2018/19 Federal Budget.


We're making changes for the better

24/04/2018
WA Super is excited to announce we’re switching to SuperChoice*, a state-of-the-art clearing house service provider!


Boost your super to boost your retirement

03/04/2018
Your employer contributions alone are unlikely to be enough for you to live your retirement dream, but there are other ways you can grow your super balance. Let’s look at the two types of contributions.


Infrastructure WA needs to be an independent voice

03/04/2018
The State Government is on the cusp of delivering one of its major election promises – establishing Infrastructure WA.


Welcome to our new Concept One members

03/04/2018
Over the last 10 years, there has been significant consolidation in the superannuation industry.


Welcome to the Autumn edition of SuperNews for 2017

03/04/2018
As we close in on the end of financial year, its a great time to do perform a super health check. Are you adequately insured? Are you making extra contributions to boost your super? Is it time to get some sort of Financial Advice?


Do you have enough insurance to protect what matters most?

03/04/2018
In our last newsletter, we discussed the types of cover you could automatically receive as a member of WA Super. And while this provides an important safety net, it does not take into account your individual needs.


First Home Super Saver Scheme

29/03/2018
The great Australian dream of breaking into the property market is getting tougher for young Australians. House prices continue to surpass income levels, meaning saving for a home deposit is stopping many from entering the housing market.


WA business confidence on four-year high

06/03/2018
WA business confidence reached a four-year high in the December 2017 quarter.

The latest WA Super – CCI Survey of Business Confidence is the only index in the country that provides a snapshot specifically of WA economic conditions and business expectations.


WA Super is moving offices.

26/02/2018
We are excited to announce that WA Super is moving offices!


WA Super welcomes over 20,000 Concept One members

26/02/2018
On 9 February 2018, two Western Australian superannuation funds, WA Super and Concept One, successfully merged, resulting in WA Super having around $3.5 billion in funds under management and 60,000 members.


TAL encourages us to stay sun-safe this summer

06/02/2018
Our life insurance partner, TAL, is encouraging us all to embrace sun safety with a skin check this summer.


What's happening with Equity Markets?

06/02/2018
Between Friday 2 February and Monday 5 February, a number of global equity market indices dropped by between 2%-5% including a fall of over 1,000 points on the Dow Jones on 5 February.


Welcome to the Summer edition of Employer News for 2017

19/12/2017
As the year draws to a close, it is good to reflect on the year we all have had and what we can look forward to in 2018. I hope you have had a great year in all things family, health and career.


Welcome to the Summer edition of Super News for 2017

15/12/2017
As the year draws to a close, it is good to reflect on the year we have all had and what we can look forward to in 2018. I hope you have had a great year in all things family, health and career. Your super certainly has had a great year. 


WA Super launches Impact Investing investment option - an Australian first

14/12/2017
WA Super has relaunched its Sustainable Future investment option to be even more sustainable with a focus on investments that promote global change through impact investing, the first of its kind in Australia.


What is my insurance cover through WA Super?

14/12/2017
As a member of WA Super you will be automatically assessed for Basic Cover, which includes Life insurance, Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) insurance, and Income Protection for eligible members.


Foundations for growth

14/12/2017
WA business has shown resilience after tough economic times and is increasingly optimistic about growth prospects, says Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Economist Rick Newnham


Business confidence bounces back

21/11/2017
Business confidence in Western Australia has not only bounced back, it is the highest it has been in almost three years.


Concept One Super and WA Super Merger

27/09/2017
Perth based superannuation funds, Concept One and WA Super have today announced their intention to merge. The agreement will involve Concept One members being merged into WA Super, building the scale and efficiency of Western Australia’s only, not for profit, public offer super fund.


CEO welcome to Employers

20/09/2017
Welcome to the 2nd edition of Supernews for 2017. Here at WA Super, we are committed to helping your employees achieve their retirement dream. Shortly all members will be receiving their individual annual member statement illustrating where they are on that journey and what they can do to stay on track.


Financial wellbeing and how it affects productivity

18/09/2017
“Financial stressors are not only negatively impacting employees, but are costing employers,” said Paul Owen, General Manager – Client Services at WA Super.


WA State Budget 2017

18/09/2017
With the release of the WA State Budget recently, the Treasurer announced that all sections of the WA Community would be impacted. Here are some of the key take-outs


CEO welcome to members

12/09/2017
Welcome to the first edition of Supernews for 2017. This year has been a big year on many fronts. Whether it be in local or international politics, the economy, investment markets and even the weather, there has been lot happening in WA, Australia and around the world. And with superannuation, we know there is never a dull moment.


Insurance changes – Your questions answered

04/09/2017
We have had many member enquiries about the insurance changes that came into effect from 1 July 2017, so hopefully this overview of the changes will assist you in understanding what has happened and how it might impact you.


WA economy finding its ‘new normal’ - CCI Chief Economist Rick Newnham

28/08/2017
While we may need to recalibrate our expectations, it’s not all doom and gloom, says CCI Chief Economist Rick Newnham.


Federal Budget 2017

10/05/2017
Measures to tackle home affordability were a key focus of this year’s Federal Budget, along with a company tax cut, an increase in the Medicare levy, changes to school funding models and the introduction of a new bank levy.


WA Super appoints new CEO

10/04/2017
WA Super appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, Mr Fabian Ross in February 2017.


WA Super’s Investment Approach

10/04/2017
WA Super’s primary investment goal is to grow member’s retirement savings by delivering net returns greater than the cost living over the long term.


WA Super wins Best capital stable super fund

23/08/2016


What does Brexit mean for your super?

28/06/2016
On Thursday 23 June, a referendum was held in the United Kingdom (UK) regarding leaving or staying in the European Union (EU). The British people have now voted and the outcome was a majority voting to leave the EU.


Federal Budget 2016

04/05/2016
A number of key superannuation changes were announced in last night’s Federal Budget, making this a very significant Budget for superannuation.


Explanation of indirect cost ratios

14/12/2015
WA Super's underlying costs are not actually increasing to the extent that the change in indirect cost ratios (ICRs) would indicate.


WA Super appoints Towers Watson as asset consultant

15/10/2015
West Australian based super fund WA Super has appointed Towers Watson as asset consultant of its investment portfolio.


WA Super appoints J.P.Morgan as custodian

24/08/2015
West Australian based super fund WA Super has appointed J.P. Morgan Investor Services as custodian of its $2.5 billion investment portfolio.


WA Super - helping to make super simpler for everyone!

23/06/2015


Free ATO SuperStream information session in Bunbury

14/04/2015
The date for employers to be SuperStream ready is fast approaching. To help employers get ready for the changes to how superannuation is paid, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is hosting a free breakfast information session in Bunbury on Monday 20 April.


Women's day - Super Sorter Power Hour

03/03/2015
This year in the lead up to International Women’s Day on 8 March 2015, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) is urging all women to take 60 minutes out of their day to sort their superannuation in the 'Super Sorter Power Hour'.


WA Super now accepting KiwiSaver transfers - Media release

28/10/2014
WA Super is thrilled to announce they will accept eligible contributions transferred from KiwiSaver.


WA Super announces new look Board.

10/07/2014
WA Super today announced its new look Trustee Board.

The appointments of Simon Withers, Therese Ryan, Sharon Hicks and David Moroney add significant depth to an already-experienced team.


Protecting you and your family - do you have the right insurance?

23/05/2014
Retirement is about enjoying the rewards earned through hard work and sacrifice. You have spent years building assets to provide your family with a comfortable life and years planning to create a comfortable retirement for yourself.


Take 5! Federal Budget 2014

22/05/2014
Each month we will explore a different topic in Take 5! This month we look at 5 of the most important changes announced in the 2014 Federal Budget.


Protecting your future - do you have the right insurance?

20/05/2014


Protecting your lifestyle - do you have the right insurance?

20/05/2014


Federal Budget 2014 Rumour Mill

28/04/2014
While many across the country took advantage of the alignment of Easter and Anzac Day to take an extended break, speculation in relation to the Federal Budget to be handed down on 13 May continued unabated.


Nominating WA Super as your default fund

22/04/2014
As a participating employer with WA Super, you can provide your employees with many superannuation services and enjoy the benefit of simple administration.


A new standard to streamline super

22/04/2014
A positive change for employers

From 1 July 2014, employers with 20 or more employees are required to use the Data and Payment Standard (the standard) when making


Take 5! What happens to my super when I die?

27/03/2014
Most of us don’t like talking about dying or thinking that we are all going to pass away one day.


New contribution caps for the 2014/15 financial year

27/03/2014
The government has imposed limits on the amount you can contribute to your superannuation account. These are known as concessional and non-concessional contributions caps.


What’s easier than ever before and going to help you save money?

14/02/2014
Consolidating your super!

No one likes wasting money, especially on unnecessary fees!


Take 5!

14/02/2014
Each month we will explore a different topic in Take 5!

This month we thought we would start by looking at ourselves – Why WA Super?


Creating wealth - Now's the time to get started.

14/02/2014
Investing is the process of getting money to work for you. It is a powerful way to grow your wealth.


The fruits of your labour

14/02/2014
You’ve worked hard all your life to create the lifestyle you want for you and your family, and now is the time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour.


2013 Federal Budget

15/05/2013
The 2013 Federal Budget announcements made on 14 May were largely non-surprising with virtually all major announcements from a wealth perspective, having been rumoured and confirmed in the days and weeks leading up to this night.


ATO advice to employers on new super obligations, 01 May 2013

02/05/2013
The Tax Office has announced that it will issue advices to Australian business owners on new superannuation obligations to ensure they are adequately prepared.


The Government's proposed reforms to Australia's superannuation system

11/04/2013
Recently the Government announced a number of future reforms to Australia’s superannuation system. These proposed reforms are focussed on the fairness, sustainability and efficiency of the superannuation system. However, most importantly, these changes are not yet law, and the Government has indicated it is unlikely they will be introduced into Parliament before the Federal election in September 2013. They will instead form part of the Government’s election policy platform.


New market leading 3 year fixed rate for WA Local Super Members

25/02/2013
ME Bank has further reduced it’s 3-year fixed Super Members Home Loan (SMHL) Standard Home Loan rate to 4.99% p.a. (comparison rate 5.66% p.a.).

This is currently the lowest 3-year fixed home loan rate in the market and the lowest ME Bank has ever offered.


ME Bank launches lowest home loan rate ever.

11/09/2012
ME Bank has today reduced its Super Members Home Loan Standard Home Loan^ three-year fixed rate to 5.39% p.a., which is the lowest rate currently on the market, and
the lowest ME Bank has ever offered since becoming a bank in 2001.


Federal Budget 2012

09/04/2012
On 8 May 2012, the Federal Government handed down its Budget for 2012/13.

It would be fair to say that everyone will be impacted in some way by the measures contained in the Budget itself, or by other recent announcements from the Government that will apply from 1 July 2012.


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