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  • More than 900,000 members (more than 80% are women).
  • $68 billion in assets invested globally on behalf of members.
  • National industry super fund dedicated to people working in health and community services.
  • HESTA is a public offer fund.
  • HESTA has both accumulation and income stream (pension) products.
  • HESTA is run by a Board of 13 Trustee Directors including an Independent Chair.

In 1987, HESTA was formed for people working in health and community services, to accommodate the 3% superannuation payment that employees were receiving for the first time.

As a regulated public offer super fund, HESTA is open to anyone eligible for super to join and is run only to benefit members.

We have regularly received recognition for our achievements in the form of rankings, ratings and awards.

Primary spokesperson

Debby Blakey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Debby has been CEO of HESTA since February 2015, after joining the Fund in 2008 as an Executive leading the Member Advice Unit and assuming the role of Deputy CEO in 2012.

A proven leader with more than 25 years' experience in super and financial services, Debby has a wealth of experience having held a range of senior positions within a number of financial institutions.

Debby leads an active and hands-on team of Executives who are focused on helping members enjoy a retirement they've worked hard for.

Debby is President of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors and holds directorships at The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Ltd and the International Corporate Governance Network. Debby is also a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador.

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HESTA aims to be the gutsy advocate driving meaningful change for generations to come.

We are actively involved in public policy debates that affect our members and women more broadly.

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media releases


20 May 2022

Winners crowned in a celebration of Australia’s nurses and midwives for 2022 HESTA Awards

Winners of the 2022 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards were announced last night in a national celebration of the critical contributions of Australia’s nurses and midwives.

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09 May 2022

Support for 40:40 Vision expands to ASX 300

40:40 Vision, the investor-led initiative to achieve gender balance in executive leadership, has expanded to the ASX300 with media giant Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), homewares retailer Adairs, healthcare company Healius and insurer QBE among the latest signatories.

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26 April 2022

The search is on to find Australia’s best early childhood educators

Exceptional early childhood professionals are being sought as nominations open for the 2022 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards.

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21 April 2022

HESTA part of consortium bidding for Ramsay Health Care Limited

HESTA today confirmed that it is part of a consortium led by KKR that has submitted a non-binding, indicative and conditional proposal to acquire all of the issued share capital of Ramsay Health Care Limited (“Ramsay”) by way of a scheme of arrangement.

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19 April 2022

HESTA appoints Sally Collins as Chief Financial Officer

HESTA is continuing to build on its strong and diverse executive leadership capability with the appointment of Sally Collins as Chief Financial Officer.

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12 April 2022

Nurses and midwives’ critical work during pandemic recognised as national HESTA Awards finalists revealed

The extraordinary work of nurses and midwives to improve health outcomes during the pandemic was today recognised with eight finalists announced for the 2022 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards.

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29 March 2022

Federal Budget measures aim to improve women’s workforce participation but doesn’t address super system gender inequities

HESTA welcomed measures aimed at increasing women’s workforce participation but said the Federal Budget was a missed opportunity to improve women’s long-term financial security.

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23 March 2022

Women worried they will pay a financial penalty for caring for children and want government action to address super inequity

A significant proportion of women are stressed and anxious about the hit to their retirement savings from taking time out of the workforce to nurture children and want government action to address this super inequity, new research from industry super fund HESTA reveals.

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18 March 2022

HESTA embarks on the next phase of its ambitious internalisation strategy

HESTA has reached a key milestone, with its in-house Australian Equities team actively investing as the $68 billion industry superannuation fund embarks on the next phase of its ambitious internalisation investment program.

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09 March 2022

40:40 Vision one year on but more to be done for ASX200 companies

A year after the launch of 40:40 Vision, 17 ASX200 companies representing close to 25 per cent of the market capitalisation of all ASX 200 companies have signed up to the investor-led initiative to achieve gender balance in executive leadership.

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28 February 2022

Next Government must take next steps to improve financial security for older women says HESTA

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, industry superannuation fund HESTA is calling on Australia’s next Government to make women’s financial security a top priority.

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23 February 2022

HESTA urges super funds to adopt new super splitting procedures following successful pilot

HESTA is urging super funds to adopt a new universal, streamlined process to make the splitting of superannuation assets easier, faster and fairer following the results of a successful pilot program.

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