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.
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.
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.
*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 (99 options), 10 (44 options) and 15 (33 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 fund’s largest Balanced option where 60% to 76% of the fund’s assets are invested in growth investments. This is generally the fund’s 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 14 October 2021 using data as at 30 June 2021. See assumptions for more details about modelling calculations and assumptions. Consider a fund’s 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 initial starting balance of $50,000 and initial salary of $50,000.