what we do

WHO WE ARE

Women in Super is a national advocacy and networking group for women employed in the superannuation and wider financial services industries. We work to improve women’s retirement outcomes and access to superannuation. In 1998 we initiated the Mother’s Day Classic walk/run and have raised $35.3 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation since beginning. 

WHAT WE STAND FOR

We work to Make Super Fair by improving women's retirement outcomes through policy change; provide opportunities for members to develop their networks as well as professional development training; promote equal participation of women at all levels within the superannuation and financial services industry and to strengthen our network through promotion of the Mother's Day Classic.

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN

We believe in connecting, inspiring and supporting women in the superannuation and wider financial services industries. As a member, you have the opportunity to network with and learn from other women in the industry; contribute to superannuation policy-making; and participate in a number of volunteer committees, including helping to organise the Mother's Day Classic.

Upcoming events

What we're doing differently

As you will well be aware COVID-19 has forced us (as well as many of you) to rethink how we do things. We have made the decision to postpone all face-to-face events until September, at the earliest, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll be taking it easy!
We have been busy re-strategising and working out new ways of providing our members with the opportunity to network and interact with their peers, as this is the very foundation of what Women in Super is built on.
The pandemic has given us the shake-up we needed to push Women in Super into the digital world, which will mean we’re even more accessible, more unified, and more supportive through these difficult times, and beyond.

Women in Super: From Manager to Leader

Wednesday 23 September, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

Nicole Hatherly from Happiness Concierge is back to outline areas to develop for those currently in leadership positions looking to hone their management style, as well as those keen to prepare for future opportunities.

We will go through the three areas of leadership to focus on when stepping into a more senior role. When we shift from ‘managing others’ to ‘leading others’, we have the rare opportunity not only to evolve, but to also empower others.

WIS VIC: Investing Through an ESG Lens

Wednesday 30 September, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

There has been a growing body of research which shows that Super Fund members are increasingly wanting their investments to garner a positive environmental and social outcome. But what does this look like?

Join our panel of next-generational ESG investment practitioners as they discuss and debate:

  • What are Environmental, Social and Governance considerations and why do they matter?
  • What are the emerging issues that are impacting society?
  • How can the superannuation industry be a force for positive change?

how we are making a difference

MAKE SUPER FAIR

Our Make Super Fair policy aims to deliver better retirement outcomes for women and low income earners. Women still retire with 47% less super than men and the fastest growing cohort of homeless people in Australia is single older women.

Women in Super has called for the immediate implementation of a series of focused policy measures that will change the superannuation system, including an annual $1000 contribution to help address the growing number of retired women living in poverty.

With an estimated 40% of older single retired women living in poverty, this policy addresses the current system which is not fair, efficient or sustainable and needs to change to make super fair for everyone.

domestic violence charter

Women in Super has led a collective stance taken by the superannuation industry against family and domestic violence. The following organisations are doing what they can to reduce family violence and to assist those who have experienced or are experiencing it by signing the Domestic Violence Charter:

ACSI, AIST, AustralianSuper, CareSuper, Catholic Super, Cbus, Energy Super, Equipsuper, ESSSuper, First State Super, First Super, HESTA, Hostplus, Industry Fund Services, Industry Super Australia, Industry Super Holdings, ISPT, ME, MTAA Super, Mother's Day Classic Foundation, Northern Trust, PwC, QSuper, Rest, Statewide Super, Sunsuper, SuperFriend, TelstraSuper, UniSuper, VicSuper and Vision Super.

COVID-19

During these unprecedented times, Women in Super is particularly concerned about the impact the pandemic will have on the financial security of many women who have found themselves out of work, with reduced working hours and/or isolated at home in precarious situations. Accessing super early is not just a $20,000 decision - it comes with long-term implications which need to be considered before a final decision is made.

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MOTHER'S DAY CLASSIC

The Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic is an annual walk or run that raises funds for breast cancer research. The event was initiated in 1998 and continues to be organised by Women in Super.

This national event has provided the community with a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day and also support breast cancer research. We see our organisation of the Mother’s Day Classic as an important investment in the future health of Australian women, so they can enjoy a happy and healthy retirement.

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