what we do

WHO WE ARE

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. 

WHAT WE STAND FOR

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.

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN

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.

Upcoming events

World Class Culture with Happiness Concierge

Tuesday 20 April, 12.00pm - 1.15pm AEST (online event)

A good workplace culture has been found to increase productivity and efficiency, improve team work, raise morale and attract and retain the best in the industry. But in practice, the exact causes of a positive workplace culture can be hard to pin down.

Spend the afternoon with Happiness Concierge CEO Rachel Service to learn about the primary research her team has led in workplace culture. She'll share her findings on what top performing teams do differently, the latest research on workplace effectiveness and what five elements shift the dial in effectiveness.

WIS VIC: Hybrid Work is Here to Stay

Thursday 29 April, 12.00pm - 1.00pm AEST (online event)

2020 was the year of working from home – we take a look at what the future of work looks like, and strategies for how to make the ‘new normal’ work for you.

Can that impossibly elusive dream of ‘work life balance’ finally be reached in a post pandemic world? Can working from home forever be a thing, and is it a silver bullet for everyone? The reality is, it’s all up in the air. Uncertainty is the new normal and we’re having to be more agile and relaxed with constant change than ever before. Workplaces are responding differently and there’s a lot of commentary and speculation about the future of work as we know it.

Women in Leadership: Thalia Dardamanis

Wednesday 26 May, 12.30pm - 1.30pm AEST (online event)

There are a number of exceptional women working among us in the super industry. Future leaders, highly skilled and experts in their field, yet sometimes unrecognised. 

To us, being a 'leader' isn't about how many people you manage, or the size of your portfolio. To us leadership is more about the everyday behaviours that make someone stand out from the crowd, and that's what we want to focus on for this series: shining a light on these women, not only to boost their profiles and allow them to share their stories, but also to give us the opportunity to see who they are, what they do and how they got there.

how we are making a difference

MAKE SUPER FAIR

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.

domestic violence charter

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.

COVID-19

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.

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MOTHER'S DAY CLASSIC

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.

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