On September 27 2019, the Government announced a Retirement Income Review (RIR) to look into our current superannuation system.The Review Panel has been tasked with establishing a “fact base” of the current retirement income system, focusing on all three pillars: the government age pension, compulsory superannuation and voluntary savings including home ownership, ans is made up of Michael Callaghan, Carolyn Kay and Dr Deborah Ralston. They are due to provide a final report to the Government on 30 June 2020. The Terms of Reference of the RIR made no mention of women, or the significant differences in outcomes for men and women. This is obviously inadequate, and so Women in Super coordinated an open letter to the Treasurer requesting an amendment to the Terms of Reference be made.
Women in Super hosted our Annual General Meeting and 25th Anniversary Celebration a couple of weeks ago, at Foys Arcade in Melbourne. As well as having Debby Blakey, CEO of HESTA, speak about their long-standing support of WIS, we were also honoured to have Helen Hewett join us, one of the original four founding members of Women in Super.
Despite only having been in the super industry for a short time, Joanne Faggian was awarded the WIS Mavis Robertson Professional Development Scholarship this year and her experience and knowledge gained from the course she completed as a result will continue to benefit her and her organisation.
WIS NSW closes the year with inspiration from Rabia Siddique.
Sophie Horwood has been involved with WIS for many years - inspired by the mission, philosophy and values, she has sought opportunities to get involved and make a difference, leading to her playing an active part in both the WIS SA and Mothers Day Classic Committees.
Since joining the super industry, Alex Judd has found one of the great perks is being a WIS Member. “Through the WIS community I have had so many opportunities to get involved in many projects that help others, and help move our industry forward.”
Homelessness is currently affecting more than 116,000 Australians, and the issue continues to grow, particularly for older Australian women. The reality is that this is a trap which is extremely easy to fall into, and far more difficult to break out of.
There are many organisations, both public and private, who are working to address the homelessness problem in Australia, with a range of innovative solutions, however there is still so much more to be done.
After a stint in the Northern Territory establishing Hostplus’ operations in the Top End, Jane Sheridan has returned to Melbourne as the State Manager for Victoria.
Born and raised in Melbourne, the opportunity to head north was one that Jane Sheridan grabbed with both hands. Despite the stark contrast between visiting clients on Collins Street and driving hours down outback highways to visit publicans at historic pubs, she found that her client’s needs are pretty universal.
Over the past 12 months Women in Super, in conjunction with J.P. Morgan have been hosting a series of round-table discussions on thought diversity, most recently in Brisbane.
Facilitated by Maud Lindley, the Founding Director of Serendis Leadership, leaders from a range of funds shared ideas about what is currently being done to improve diversity and inclusion, and what remains to be done.
In keeping with our 25 years of Women in Super celebrations, this year’s National Road Show topic was a way of reconnecting with our roots after several years of covering broader topics of importance to modern day workplaces, including, mental health (2018, Lucy Brogden), and domestic violence (2016, Rosie Batty).
Over the past two months, we have been touring around the country for our 2019 National Road Show with Julia Angrisano – Director of AustralianSuper and the National Secretary of the Finance Sector Union, discussing the Future of Super.