To ensure contributions are allocated to an ESSSuper account in the 2023-24 financial year, please submit your payment by 5:00pm on 14 June 2024.

Members can find their BPAY contribution details in Members Online. Employers should make payments through Employer Online.

We no longer accept cheques or EFTs, and you should contact us if you have any queries.

Conservative (previously Balanced)

May 23 2024

Investment option name changes

The names of six of our nine investment options changed on 1 July 2023:

Investment option name until 30 June 2023 Investment option name from 1 July 2023
High Growth Growth
Basic Growth Balanced Growth
Growth (default option) Balanced (default option)
Balanced Conservative
Conservative Capital Stable
Ethically Minded Ethical Diversified

Additionally, all investment options have been reclassified. For more information, please refer to our Investment option name and classification changes news article, or the relevant Product Disclosure Statement.


Strategic asset allocations

As at 1 July 2023
(asset allocation ranges are shown in brackets)

Australian shares 11.5% (0–30%)
International shares 15.5% (5–30%)
Private Equity 0.0% (0–10%)
Property 6.0% (0–20%)
Infrastructure 6.5% (0–25%)
Alternative growth1 4.5% (0–20%)
Credit 11.0% (0–30%)
Defensive fixed income 23.0% (5–40%)
Cash 22.0% (0–30%)


Target growth assets: 40%

Target defensive assets: 60%

Suitability: Members with a minimum investment time frame of 10 years that are prepared to accept moderate volatility in pursuit of long term capital growth.
Objective* Accumulation Plan, Beneficiary Account & Working Income Stream: To provide a return of 2.0% p.a. after fees and taxes above the rate of inflation over a 10 year period.
Objective* Retirement Income Stream: To provide a return of 2.5% p.a. after fees above the rate of inflation over a 10 year period.
Minimum suggested investment timeframe: 10 years
Risk band#: 5 - MEDIUM to HIGH
Estimated number of negative annual returns#: 3 to less than 4 over any 20 year period

Investment option performance

Our annual returns page shows the annual and long-term average returns for this option listed by product.


* The investment objectives are not a promise or guarantee of any particular benefit. They represent a benchmark against which the Board monitors the performance of the investments of the Fund.

# The standard risk measure is based on industry guidance to allow members to compare investment options that are expected to deliver a similar number of negative annual returns over any 20 year period. The standard risk measure is not a complete assessment of all forms of investment risk, for instance it does not detail what the size of a negative return could be or the potential for a positive return to be less than a member may require to meet their objectives. Further, it does not take into account the impact of administration fees and tax on the likelihood of a negative return. Members should still ensure they are comfortable with the risks and potential losses associated with their chosen investment option(s).

1 Investments in the Alternative growth asset class are designed to diversify returns from the portfolio's other (traditional) asset classes. Investments may be held in the form of shares, debt securities, foreign currencies, commodities, hedge funds, and cash.