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HESTA is the acronym for Health Employees Superannuation Trust Australia so it should always appear in capitals.

  • More than 880,000 members (more than 80% are women).
  • $62 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 also a leader in the wider spheres of super and financial services. She is a Director of Fund Executives Association Limited (FEAL), an organisation dedicated to supporting the professional development of leaders in the super industry, Industry Super Australia Ltd (ISA) and the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI).

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For information about HESTA our annual report is a great place to start.

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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.

 An example of our work is the Vital Signs Report that took a pulse check of the state of equality for women in Australia and outlines HESTA’s continuing efforts to make a positive impact through advocacy, investment, and our conduct as an organisation.

We engage directly with decision makers and also contribute to policy debates through our membership of Industry Super Australia, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, and the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.

HESTA policy submissions are available below. For any policy-related questions please contact James Bennett on (03) 8665 9217 or


HESTA welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper and to work with the Government to develop a clear pathway for a cleaner future.

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Australia has a sophisticated retirement system; however, its design rewards those with unbroken careers.

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HESTA supports the standardised definitions of key insurance terms; however, having standardised terms should not necessarily imply standardised cover or eligibility for insurance cover.

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HESTA welcomes the opportunity to comment on the 'Superannuation binding death benefit nominations and kinship structures' consultation paper released by Treasury.

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The proposed changes will significantly amend the ‘value’ that insurance offerings can provide to superannuation members.

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Early access to superannuation before retirement should only occur in limited circumstances.

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HESTA is generally supportive of the requirements of the Corporations (Relevant Providers Continuing Professional Development Standard) Determination 2018 (‘the CPD instrument’); however, we do have substantial concerns around implementation.

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HESTA welcomes the opportunity to make a submission in response to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) consultation paper on the Family Law System released in October 2018.

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We maintain our concern on the premise of the enquiry which argues a direct correlation between what is regarded as a lack of efficiency and increased competition.

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HESTA welcomes reform to the superannuation system that truly promotes a member’s best interest and community wellbeing.

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HESTA welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper and to work with the Government to develop a clear pathway for a cleaner future.

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Australia has a sophisticated retirement system, but its design rewards those with unbroken careers.

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media releases


15 June 2021

Former HESTA Chair and Impact Committee member Angela Emslie recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

HESTA congratulates former HESTA Chair and current Impact Committee member Angela Emslie for her appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and for her significant service to the finance and superannuation sectors and to suicide prevention.

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15 June 2021

Survey points to improved gender diversity in funds management but progress stalls for senior roles

More women are working for listed and unlisted fund managers than ever before, but the historically male-dominated industry still has much work to do to improve gender diversity, the latest HESTA research reveals.

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27 May 2021

ASX giants commit to gender diverse leadership

ANZ and BHP are among the first 10 ‘trail blazer’ companies to sign up for the investor-led 40:40 Vision initiative and commit to achieving gender balance in the ranks of their senior leadership within the decade. Other companies making up the first 10 signatories include BlueScope, Domino’s, IGO, Ramsay Health Care, SkyCity, South32, Tabcorp and Webjet.

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17 May 2021

Transforming aged care must start with improving wages and conditions for professionals working in the sector, new HESTA research reveals

New HESTA aged care workforce research reveals we risk missing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build the skilled workforce needed to meet future demand if there is not an adequate national effort to improve wages and conditions in the sector.

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12 May 2021

HESTA welcomes scrapping of $450 threshold, but Federal Budget has few additional measures to close super gap for women

HESTA welcomed the announcement that the Government would scrap the $450 super threshold but said there were disappointingly few budget measures targeted at improving women’s financial security in retirement.

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07 May 2021

Winners crowned in a celebration of Australia’s nurses and midwives for 2021 HESTA Awards

Winners of the 2021 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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28 April 2021

HESTA adds to investments team with new General Manager Defensives appointment

HESTA has announced the latest addition to the leadership of its investment team, with the appointment of Stephen Howard as General Manager, Defensives.

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06 April 2021

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

The extraordinary work of nurses and midwives to protect their communities during COVID was today recognised with nine finalists announced for the 2021 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

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23 March 2021

Investor collaboration following heritage destruction at Juukan Gorge achieves agreement with Rio Tinto on improved disclosure and governance arrangements

International investors involved in engagement with Rio Tinto on how it will address failings that led to heritage destruction at Juukan Gorge have welcomed the company’s announcement today on new disclosure and governance oversight measures aimed at rebuilding trust with Traditional Owners.

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16 March 2021

Better gender balance in ASX leadership vital for improving performance

If ASX companies want to increase their long-term market value they need to act now and increase the number of women in CEO and executive leadership positions. This was one of the many views expressed during a panel discussion at a virtual event today for the 40:40 Vision initiative launched last year by industry super fund HESTA with industry partners Chief Executive Women, Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), 30% Club and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

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08 March 2021

Nominations open for national HESTA Excellence Awards

HESTA is today calling for nominations of dedicated professionals working in disability, allied health, aged care and community services in Australia for the 2021 HESTA Excellence Awards.

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25 February 2021

National winners revealed for inaugural HESTA Impact Awards

The winners of the first-ever HESTA Impact Awards were last night announced as part of a national celebration of health and community services professionals working to protect the future of our people and planet.

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