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.
Friday 30 June, 12.00pm - 1.00pm (online)
The development of industry and compulsory super in the 1980s and 1990s presented a rare opportunity for women to move into positions of leadership in the financial services sector. Women like Mavis and Helen made the most of that opportunity, while recognising the need to support other women stepping into a traditionally male-dominated sector. What forms did this support for women take in the first instance? Could we call it ‘mentoring’, or was it something else? What do mentoring practices look like now, and where are they heading?
Various dates across July and August
The upcoming referendum is a significant event in Australia’s history and we want to use the NRS in order to showcase the voices of First Nations Women in every state and territory to tell the story of what a Voice to Parliament will mean for the economic and financial security of these women and their communities.
This is not a political policy. It is an essential discussion as to why we are at this point, and how we got here. Without knowing the lived experience or First Nations perspective, how can appropriate policy be written?
Friday 28 July, 12.00pm - 1.00pm (online)
Australia passed its Modern Slavery Act in 2018, making it a legal requirement for Australian companies to produce a modern slavery statement, however we still have a long way to go.
Funds and asset managers have a responsibility to disclose details about potential modern slavery risks, and to penalise those who don’t comply. Liza McDonald will discuss taking this in her stride, and what it took to implement a data assessment tool to obtain information on potential risks.
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.