Frequently asked questions

Like to know more about what we invest in and why? Here are some popular questions we get asked.

  • What we invest in

    Why does AustralianSuper disclose its holdings?

    We understand that your super savings matter to you – so we want to make it easy for you to see what you’re invested in. 

    We also believe it’s important to be transparent with members. That’s why we’ve been publishing our investments since 2016. 

    The Government introduced regulations which now requires all superannuation trustees to disclose their portfolio holdings, with the first reporting published as at 31 December 2021.

    How often is this information updated?

    This information is updated and published twice a year, with data as at 30 June and 31 December. We aim to provide the updates within 90 days of those dates. 

    Why don’t you provide a more recent list of investments?

    Government regulations currently require all superannuation funds to publish this information twice yearly.  

    The current timing means we can provide comprehensive investment information while minimising the chance of a negative impact on returns by revealing market sensitive information.

    In addition, the process of publishing portfolio holdings partially relies on data provided by third parties that we can only obtain periodically. 

    Why are there currently two ways to view portfolio holdings? 

    AustralianSuper have been publishing a comprehensive list of investments since 2016, the first Australian superannuation fund to do so.  

    With the introduction of new government regulations requiring all superannuation funds to publish their investments in a prescribed and consistent way, we are working towards a format which will meet both the government regulations and enable members to view the investments in a more reader friendly format and include an  additional look-through of holdings. 

    Why do some investments show as zero percent?

    An investment or exposure listed as 0.00% has a value that's less than 0.01% of the investment option.

    Why do some investments show as zero dollars?

    A zero dollar amount is typically due to the finalisation of a transaction where the investment has been sold but the final step of removing the investment from the list hasn’t occurred by the end of the period.

    Why are ‘cash and derivatives’ listed within some asset classes?

    We use derivatives, such as futures, to quickly and efficiently gain exposure to a particular asset or asset class – without physically owning it. Derivatives help us efficiently target our desired position in asset classes such as bonds and shares. They benefit the portfolio by maintaining investment exposure in a cost effective way and can also help to manage investment risk and enhance returns.

    Cash can also be used to fund any switching in or out of investment options, especially the single asset class DIY Mix options. In share portfolios, cash can be held where funds are being invested in, or sold out of, share markets over time. This ensures we don’t put through large transactions in a short timeframe that could impact the market.

    Why are some fixed income holdings listed within the Australian Shares and International Shares DIY Mix investment options?

    As noted above, the Australian Shares and International Shares options invest a relatively small percentage of each portfolio in Cash. This necessary Cash exposure acts as a liquidity buffer, facilitating things like the switching of members between investment options, payments made to members in retirement and the buying and selling of shares in the portfolio.

    Per our Investment Guide, our definition of Cash includes short-term securities such as deposits, bank bills and short-term bonds that are issued by governments and companies. Although each of these securities meets our definition of Cash, we are required by regulation to report some these securities (short-term bonds, for example) as Fixed Income.

    Why are there no specific values against property and infrastructure?

    We’ve included a value range rather than a specific value for property and infrastructure. These aren't market listed assets and the values are market sensitive information. Detailing them may impede our ability to achieve the best price for an asset in a sale process and may mean we don’t get as good a return as possible when we make investment decisions about them.

    Why is there less information on private equity investments?

    These investments are privately owned. They’re not listed on a public market and the information and values are market sensitive. Revealing information on these investments publicly may cause members’ returns to be negatively impacted.

    In addition, some of our private equity managers haven't provided us with permission to disclose details of the investments they make on our behalf. They aren't legally required to do so but we're continuing to work with them to increase the amount of information available.

    How are private debt assets disclosed?

    AustralianSuper has obtained interim relief from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in relation to certain reporting requirements applicable to internally managed fixed income - private debt investments. The interim relief enables the valuation information for internally managed private debt investments to be disclosed as an aggregate figure. The interim relief enables the valuation information for internally managed private debt investments to be disclosed as an aggregate figure. A full list of our private debt counterparties can be found here.

    Why are there negative values against some investments?

    Negative values may appear next to some derivative exposures (such as options and currency and interest rate swaps) that are used for hedging and other purposes. You can find out more about how we use derivatives in our annual report.

    How can I see which investments I’m invested in personally?

    The information is arranged by investment option. Choose the option/s you're invested in and browse the information. Currently it isn't possible to personalise the information to individual member accounts.

    Why aren’t you showing the names of the investment managers next to their holdings?

    The main focus of providing this information is so members can see what AustralianSuper invests in on their behalf rather than who's managing it. Additionally, in some cases, the same assets may be held by multiple managers and/or directly by AustralianSuper. This can make disclosure confusing. The current way we show information means members can see their total exposure to each investment.

    You can view a list of fund managers we use at the Fund level in our annual report.

    Why are there so many small investments?

    Diversification is necessary in investment portfolios to adequately control risk. We offer several PreMixed investment options, including the Balanced option, that are diversified across a range of asset classes, and sub-sectors and securities within asset classes.

    Where can I find out more information about a particular investment?

    In the first instance, we recommend you do an internet search using the investment name. For example, our Member Direct option has investments managed by other product providers. You can find additional information about these investments on their website.

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