Investment Options

Super is a long-term investment and one of the keys to a comfortable retirement lifestyle.

Your member component is invested in the Balanced option, unless you have switched your option. There are several pre-mixed investment options to choose from and you can switch your investment option at any time.1

Before choosing an investment option you should think about:

  • your current financial position
  • your age
  • when you plan to retire
  • how long your super will need to last
  • your risk and return preferences.

Each option has different objectives and characteristics for you to consider.

Investment strategy Target rate of return2 Investment Horizon Risk of negative return
High Growth Inflation + 4.5% 10 yrs + On average 4 to 6 years in 20
Defined Benefit High Growth1 Inflation + 4.5% 10 yrs + On average 4 to 6 years in 20
Socially Responsible The Socially Responsible option provides investors with risk and return characteristics likely to be similar to that of an industry growth fund. The risk of negative return is on average 4 to 6 years in 20.
Balanced Inflation + 3.5% 10 yrs + On average 4 to 6 years in 20
Moderate Inflation + 3.0% 6 yrs + On average 3 to 4 years in 20
Conservative Inflation + 2.0% 4 yrs + On average 2 to 3 years in 20
Capital Defensive Inflation + 1.5% 2 yrs + On average between 0.5 and one year in 20
Cash The Reserve Bank of Australia cash rate 0 yrs + On average less than 0.5 years in 20

Generally speaking, as the risk of negative return rises, so does the potential for a higher return.

As well as understanding the general risks of investing it's important to consider the level of risk involved with each investment option.

Take an interest in how your super is invested.

Find out more about each investment option and use the ‘What Type of Investor Am I?’ Calculator along with a qualified financial adviser to help you assess your situation and understand your options.

Check out your investment option’s track record with rates of return.

Keep tabs on how your super is growing with the latest unit prices.

Analysing the market as a whole and knowing how financial markets are performing can help with your decision. Find out more in the investments section.

1 This option is only relevant to your Employer Component. Members with a PSESS and/or SG account have this component invested in the Defined Benefit High Growth option. This cannot be changed.
2 Investment objectives state what each option aims to achieve. They are designed to help members with their investment decisions. The objectives have been determined having regard for the long term performance and characteristics of financial markets and taking into account expert advice provided by specialist investment advisor, JANA. There is no guarantee, however, that the objectives will be met. This is because financial markets are volatile and future returns may vary from past returns. Indeed, for funds with exposure to growth assets there is a material likelihood that returns may be negative in any particular year.