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.
For the first time in 2019, we took our popular Women in Super ‘Mavis Robertson International Women’s Day’ events to Adelaide. The result? Like in Melbourne and Sydney, the event with acclaimed author, double Walkley award-winning journalist, TV presenter and gender equality advocate Tracey Spicer was booked out and a success.
Women in Super really grabbed the new year by the horns, throwing ourselves into a national tour of Financial Wellness and ME sessions, in conjunction with ME, throughout February. Hoping to capitalise on the new year resolutions we all make and never stick to, these sessions were designed to make us think about making good money habits. Taken around the country, and finally wrapping up last week to a sell-out audience in Brisbane, these informative, open discussions left everyone who attended with at least a couple of money-saver tips that will set them up for the new year.
Finally! Registration for the 2019 Women in Super Mother's Day Classic Run and Walk are open! Australia's largest fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research - co-founded by Women in Super founder Mavis Robertson - takes place Sunday 2019 and we have a surprise for you! Join us! Read more here and register today!
Exciting start of the year 2019 for Women in Super member Natalie Lister: the 40 year old Finance Manager and mum as well as step-mum of six children has won the first Women in Super VIC and Monash Business School "Your Leadership Voice" Scholarship worth almost $10,000. Click on the picture and read more ...
Anna Meares OAM has a 15 year career spanning four consecutive Olympics over which she collected 18 gold medals, 16 silver and 10 bronze at World, Commonwealth and Olympic levels. She is also the speaker at our upcoming Christmas Lunch in Sydney. Read this article to learn more about her and then secure your ticket.
Ask Jane Dharam, Manager Client Strategies and Products with Funds SA, about her very first job in the superannuation industry and her eyes will lighten up: “It was fascinating. My first job was as an investment research analyst, researching companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and making recommendations to buy, sell or hold them. There were so many things I loved about the job,” says Jane who was born in Queensland and now lives in Adelaide.