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

WIS SA: International Women's Day 2021

Thursday 4 March, 12.00pm - 2.00pm

Women in Super SA is delighted to invite you to International Women’s Day event featuring special guest speaker Anna Lee. In this highly interactive session, Anna will be exploring:

  • how to ensure that unhelpful stereotypes don't limit your self-belief or performance
  • three simple habits to stay confident and calm in the face of everyday setbacks
  • why challenging traditional masculine stereotypes is every bit as important as tackling traditionally feminine stereotypes.

WIS QLD: International Women's Day 2021

Tuesday 9 March, 7.30am - 9.00am 

Join us for a delicious, hot breakfast to celebrate the International Women's Day theme of Women in Leadership, and hear about the personal mentoring journey of one Queensland's most well-known and respected industry leaders and former QSuper CEO, Rosemary Vilgan as she shares her career experiences and the difference mentoring has made.

Rosemary will be providing us with insightful and practical tips on:

  • How to find and approach a potential mentor
  • How to get the most out of the relationship, as either a mentor or a mentee

Mavis Robertson International Women's Day - Melbourne

Thursday 11 March, 12.00pm - 2.00pm

The theme for this year's International Women's Day is Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world. This theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future, so we can think of no better speaker to invite to share her experience than Khadija Gbla. 

Khadija is a high profile, passionate and inspiring African Australian woman. Born in Sierra Leone and after spending her youth in Gambia, Khadija arrived in Australia as a refugee aged 13 in 2001. She experienced discrimination, ageism, racism, sexism and mountains of stigma. 

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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