We apologise to our members for the extended hold/wait times and delays to withdrawals from defined benefit accounts. We expect to resolve most issues by the end of May 2022 and are confident the majority will be resolved much sooner. Please read our service update for more information.

Also note: The ESSSuper mobile app has been updated and is available to download. Visit our Members Online web page for more details.


May 25 2022

Strategic asset allocations

As at 19 October 2021
(asset allocation ranges are shown in brackets)

Australian shares 3.0% (0 - 15%)
International shares  4.0% (0 - 15%)
Private Equity 0.0% (0 - 5%)
Property 2.0% (0 - 10%)
Infrastructure 2.5% (0 - 10%)
Alternative strategies 2.0% (0 - 10%)
Multi-asset strategies 0.0% (0 - 25%)
Credit 5.0% (0 - 10%)
Defensive Fixed Income 28.0% (0 - 40%)
Cash 53.5% (30 - 80%)

Suitability: Members with a minimum investment time frame of 2 years that are prepared to accept a low amount of volatility in pursuit of preservation of capital.
Objective* for Accumulation Plan, Beneficiary Account & Working Income Stream: To provide a return after fees and taxes equivalent to the rate of inflation over a 2 year period.
Objective* for Retirement Income Stream: To provide a return after fees equivalent to the rate of inflation over a 2 year period.
Minimum suggested investment timeframe: 2 years
Risk band#: 3 - LOW to MEDIUM
Estimated number of negative annual returns#: 1 to less than 2 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).