Our key partners

We’re committed to supporting organisations and local communities that provide positive, sustainable and practical help for all Victorians.

Our philosophy: good governance, good partnerships

Our environmental and social responsibilities are all underpinned by good governance. What does this mean?

To us, that means open and clear communication with our members and stakeholders. This helps us remain accountable and transparent. We achieve this through our governance framework, annual member meetings and annual reports. These events and publications provide our members and stakeholders transparent understandings of how we’re working, what we’re doing, and why. 

We also maintain partnerships with a variety of different associations and employer groups which helps us remain engaged with the industries where many of our members work, and to show our support for our members and their communities. Some of these associations, such as the Australian Services Union, the Municipal Association of Victoria and Victorian Water Industry Association have appointed members on our Board of directors.

Who we’re working with

  1. Snowdome Foundation – Formed in 2010, the Snowdome Foundation is dedicated to improving outcomes for Australians with blood cancers and diseases.
  2. Murray to Moyne – The long-running cycle relay, Murray to Moyne is a 24-hour team relay across rural Victoria, raising funds for a variety of charities, including Snowdome, Carers Victoria and the Royal District Nursing Association.
  3. ME Bank –ME Bank was created in 1994 to help everyday Australians reach the dream of owning their own home. Now they are a fully-fledged bank, with profits going back to the industry super funds that own them.
  4. Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is a broad-based community organisation and the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia.
  5. Victorian Water Industry Association – The Victorian Water Industry Association (VicWater) is the peak industry association for water businesses in Victoria.
  6. Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) – The MAV are the legislated peak body for local government in Victoria. Formed in 1879, and has a long and proud tradition of supporting councils and councillors.
  7. Australian Services Union (ASU) – Representing the interests of approximately 135,000 members across the country, the Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union, trading as the Australian Services Union or, just simply, the ASU, is one of the largest trade unions in Australia.
  8. Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the peak body for business in Victoria, informing and servicing more than 15,000 members, customers and clients around the State.

Frequently asked questions

Cash investment options are generally a combination of money in the bank and money invested for a short time in money market securities, such as bank term deposits and bank bills.

If you are risk averse or working to a short timeframe, then a Cash option that typically provides stable, low risk returns may be suitable for you. This type of investment option will protect the value of your superannuation, but the returns will often be low compared with other investment options.

The risk associated with cash investments is generally minimal, although the returns are also minimal. Cash can be a safe haven in times of economic uncertainty, and occasionally you may wish to preserve capital by allocating some of your super to cash.

We recommend that you obtain financial advice before making any decisions about investing in our Cash option.

To book an appointment with a Vision Super financial planner, either call us or complete our online appointment form:

Go to the form to book an appointment online >

Call our Contact Centre on 1300 300 820 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm).

Advice fees may apply, which will be discussed with you before any work is undertaken.

We don’t charge switching fees, so there is no impact on your super account balance from switching between investment options. However, if you have the right investment risk profile and your investments are matched up to your risk profile, you shouldn’t be needing to make switches regularly.

From time to time you should review your risk profile, maybe when you are first starting out in the workforce, are in the middle of your working life, a few years away from retirement and/or going into retirement. Otherwise the investments you have in superannuation should be a ‘set and forget’ strategy where you ride the ups and downs of the investments over a longer period.

You can switch investment options for some, or all, of your account balance, future contributions, or both. You can also nominate which investment option you would like your withdrawals to be made from.

You can switch between investment options by logging into our website, or the Vision Super app, or by sending us a completed Investment choice form. You can also call us, on 1300 300 820 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm).

Investment switches are processed based on the unit prices of the relevant investment options declared on the next business day after we receive your switching request, unless there is a delay with processing due to abnormal market conditions or system failure.

Frequent switching between investment options and trying to second-guess the market can be risky, particularly for high-risk investment options designed to be held in the long-term (6-12 years). You should switch only after a thorough review of your long-term investment strategy.

We recommend that you obtain financial advice before making any decisions about switching between investment options.

To book an appointment with a Vision Super financial planner, either call us or complete our online appointment form:

Go to the form to book an appointment online >

Call our Contact Centre on 1300 300 820 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm).

Advice fees may apply, which will be discussed with you before any work is undertaken.

Growth assets are higher risk but offer a higher potential return compared to defensive assets. They aim to grow the capital that’s invested and provide some income. Defensive assets are lower-risk investments which aim to protect the capital invested while providing an income.

The classification of assets into either growth or defensive has the advantage of simplicity, but it also has limitations when used as an indicator of risk. The classification does not capture diversification, which can have a larger impact on reducing the overall portfolio risk when assets are combined.

Another issue is that different people may have different classifications for the same asset type because there are no regulations governing this area and no clear guidance by the regulators on a standardised growth/defensive split. Classifications of growth or defensive assets may also change over time depending on market conditions and pricing.

We believe that there needs to be greater consistency and transparency in how super funds arrive at their growth/defensive mixes. But in the absence of regulations, there are going to be differences in practice and opinion. To avoid any potential misunderstandings, Vision Super does not publish the growth/defensive split of our investment options.

Compound interest is the interest that is earned on money that was previously earned as interest.

For example, if you have an investment of $100 that pays interest of 5% every year, then in the first year you will be paid interest of $5 over the year (5% of $100).

What happens in the next year? That’s where compounding comes in. You will not only earn interest on your initial $100 deposit, you will also earn interest on the $5 interest that you earned in the first year.

That means you will earn $5.25 in the second next year because your account balance is now $105, even though you didn’t make any deposits. This may not seem like much of an increase, but the effects of compounding becomes  more dramatic over long periods of time. After 30 years, your initial $100 investment would be worth $432.19, and that year you would be paid $21.61 in interest.

Each year your interest earnings will accelerate even more due to compound interest. This cycle leads to interest and account balances going up at an increasing rate, which is sometimes known as exponential growth.

Of course, if you’re borrowing money, compounding works against you. You owe interest on the money you have borrowed, and so your loan balance can then increase over time, even if you don’t borrow any more money.

Our primary objective is to maximise our members’ investment returns so that our members have more for their retirement. One of the means by which we try to achieve this objective is to instruct our underlying investment managers to incorporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations into their investment decision-making processes. We believe that this approach will help support long-term investment performance and enhance risk management.

We are a signatory and member of a range of organisations that promote responsible investing in the superannuation industry, including the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) and the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA). We are also a signatory to the Global Investor Letter to governments on Climate Action, the Paris Pledge for Action (Paris Climate Change Agreement), the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) and a support investor of the Climate Action 100+ initiative.

The Vision Super ESG policy integrates sustainability and social responsibility into our everyday operations. We consider labour standards, environmental, social and ethical considerations, as well as key financial criteria, when selecting, retaining or realising investments of the Fund. This applies to all asset classes but tends to have more relevance to the listed equity asset classes.

We vote at meetings of our direct listed equity shareholdings according to our ESG Policy. Issues may be related to the election of directors, board structure, executive remuneration and incentive plans, and shareholder rights such as environmental and social considerations. When we have concerns about a company in relation to a proposal, we may choose not to support that proposal if it is not in the best interests of members or is contradictory to our investment beliefs and governance framework.

We have determined that we will not invest in companies that derive material revenue from the manufacture or production of controversial weapons such as land mines, cluster bombs or nuclear weapons. We will also not invest in companies that derive material revenue from the mining of thermal coal, tar sands or tobacco manufacturers.

When searching for new (or reviewing existing) active investment managers, our due diligence includes an assessment of how environmental, social and governance risks are incorporated into the investment process. The investment managers are asked to specify the resources they have available to analyse ESG risks, including personnel and their expertise, and engagement with external research services.

We have low carbon benchmarks for our indexed listed equity investments, which represent about half our listed equities exposure.

The indexed component of our Australian equities portfolio is managed under a mandate that provides a tilt away from high carbon emitters.

The enhanced indexed component of our International equities portfolio is managed to the MSCI All Countries World ex Australia Index unhedged and calculated in Australian dollars. The portfolio is managed to materially reduce both carbon emission intensity and exposure to carbon reserves when compared to the benchmark.

In addition, our Australian small companies manager aims to reduce the portfolio carbon intensity relative to its standard model portfolio.

For our other active equity portfolios, our managers are required to consider ESG principles in their company evaluations. We ask our investment managers to include in each evaluation a reasonable estimate of the impact of phasing out fossil fuel usage, consistent with limiting global warming to no more than 1.5 degree centigrade above pre-industrial global mean temperature. This follows the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment (IPCC) Report in October 2018, which revised the safe level of warming human civilisation can tolerate.

This shift to low carbon investment reinforces our commitment to sustainable investments, which has included over a decade of major investments in wind, solar and hydro power assets.

The Sustainable balanced option has a particular focus on environmental considerations, with 100% of the Australian and International equities portfolios managed to low carbon benchmarks.

For more information about our sustainable investment activities visit:

Our page detailing our approach to Sustainability >

Our page detailing how we engage in Active Ownership>

In our PDS we disclose “Investment fees and costs” and “Transaction costs” that include investment expenses relating to the investment management of Vision Super’s assets.

Investment fees and costs include investment expenses relating to the investment management of Vision Super’s assets, such as base and (in very few cases) performance-related fees paid to investment managers and advisers, management fees charged in investment vehicles, asset consulting fees, bank fees, custodian fees and internal Vision Super costs related to the management of the Fund’s assets.

Transaction costs include explicit transaction costs incurred by investment managers such as brokerage, settlement costs and stamp duty, as well as buy sell spreads charged by our investment managers or in underlying investment vehicles.

Investment and transaction fees and costs are not deducted directly from your account. Investment and transaction fees and costs are indirect fees that are deducted from the investment option unit prices and are therefore reflected in the returns allocated to your account through changes in the unit prices.

Find out the current investment fees for each option here >

Already a Vision Super member?

The great news is you can now open your pension account online through the secure site.

Not a Vision Super member?

You’ll just need to open a Vision Personal account first and then you can transfer across to a Vision Super pension.