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.
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.
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.
Wednesday 13 - Thursday 14 October (online)
Australian women spend substantially more time on unpaid care work than men do. WGEA have found that this inequality spills out to other inequalities in the labour market, and continues to reinforce antiquated gender stereotypes.
Alleviating this inequality is possible but requires policy prioritisation and innovative practices. Bringing together key experts over three sessions, our panelists will share their recent research findings on the future of work for women, particularly in a post-COVID world, the positive economic impact of paid parental leave and the concept of 'flexible work' and how it manifests in the workplace especially in female dominated industries such as retail.
Wednesday 27 October, 12.00pm - 2.00pm (online)
National and local governments around the world are investing heavily in infrastructure projects to create jobs and help economies recover from the pandemic. Creating value for all stakeholder groups is essential to the long-term success of any asset. It is widely accepted that financial performance and positive impact can go hand in hand.
Infrastructure is ideally suited for impact investment because it focuses on the provision of essential services, including health, digital and renewable assets. With the World Economic Forum forecasting a $15 trillion infrastructure gap by 2040, the opportunity to drive impact through this asset class is immense.
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.
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.
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.
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.