‘If I asked you how much you pay for your phone bill every month, you’d be able to tell me, but if I asked you how much you pay for your superannuation account every month, chances are you won’t know.’
We sat down with Pippa McKenzie, Marketing Campaigns Manager at HESTA, who were one of Women in Super’s earliest supporters 25 years ago. We chatted about her role at HESTA, her love for our superannuation system, and how sometimes it's good to look back on how far we've come.
“It’s important to acknowledge that we haven’t moved the dial enough – women still don’t get paid the same, women still don’t have as much super as men, women take maternity leave or carers leave, or they take time out of the workforce and consequently there’s always going to be that gap and how do we rectify that, and that is what we’re trying to champion for, but we have moved it a reasonable amount in the 25 years – it’s not that we’ve done nothing.”
As well as a proud WIS supporter, AIST CEO Eva Scheerlinck is also a strong advocate for improving retirement options for Indigenous communities.
‘Financial inclusion of all of our citizens is important,’ Eva says. ‘I find that really important and rewarding work, but there’s a lot to be done … so we need to start implementing effective change. That needs to happen to make sure that members are at the heart of the decisions we make, and the processes that we have within superannuation.’
Women in Super NSW Chair Lata McNulty and AGSM Director of Executive Education, Magnus Gittins, were on hand earlier this month to announce the winners of this year’s WIS NSW/AGSM scholarship.
This year’s winners represented a cross section of our industry including legal, client service, operations and advice in both superannuation and funds management.
WIS VIC Chair Katie Frazer is excited to announce this year's winners of the 2019 Mavis Robertson Professional Development Scholarship.
Winners of this sought-after scholarship receive the opportunity to complete a training course of their choosing, up to the value of $2,000.
You wouldn’t have guessed it was before 9 o’clock in the morning, the way Olivia Cozzolino, Principal, Growth Services at Social Traders got the room buzzing about all things Social Procurement. It was an inspiring way to kick off the day, and for those who attended, the ACSI Conference. We are confident that most people privy to Olivia’s presentation walked away thinking about how they can make more conscious choices when considering their options for catering, cleaning, office supplies and the myriad of other social enterprises we now know are out there.
Women in Super has been a member of the Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC) since the council’s foundation last year to act as an authoritative, strong voice for gender equality in Australia and to drive change a much faster pace. At the recent AGEC Forum 2019, Women in Super ensured that superannuation without gender bias played an important role in all discussions about gender equity and will be represented in a newly established AGEC manifesto.
Last Tuesday, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered the Federal Budget 2019. While tax cuts seemed a major focus and committing to increasing the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) to 12% in addition to widening the rules around additional voluntary contributions may seem positive moves for superannuation, it was extremely disappointing that the budget did not focus on removing the major structural inequities in the system. Voluntary contributions such as those introduced by the budget are simply out of reach for the majority of working women (and men) and more importantly, are not well targeted nor sustainable.
Serious and intensive discussions, lectures, learning sessions and workshops – many impacted by the outcomes of the Hayne Royal Commission and the Productivity Commission - took place during the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds (CMSF) last month on the Gold Coast. Four events were organized by Women in Super attracting large audiences.
Women in Super NSW had record-breaking numbers at an outstanding successful event with Shemara Wikramanayake, CEO of Macquarie Group since December 2018 and one of only a handful of female CEOs of the world’s top companies. The audience was fascinated and inspired by her openness about her career journey and factors that allowed her to pursue her career as a mother of two now teenagers.