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

  • More than 870,000 members (more than 80% are women).
  • $56 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


19 January 2021

Finalists recognised for sustainability, gender equity, diversity and health achievements in inaugural HESTA Impact Awards

Eleven finalists were today announced for the first-ever HESTA Impact Awards, recognising health and community services professionals taking positive steps to create a better world.

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11 January 2021

HESTA reveals new General Manager Portfolio Construction and Risk

HESTA today announced Michael Sommers has been appointed as the new General Manager Portfolio Construction & Risk, joining the Fund’s redefined investment leadership structure.

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14 December 2020

HESTA calls for support of nurses and midwives in national awards

HESTA is calling on Australians to show their appreciation and support for the nation’s nurses and midwives by submitting a nomination to the 2021 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

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10 December 2020

HESTA welcomes Parliamentary Inquiry’s call for Australian mining companies to independently review all their agreements with Traditional Owners

The interim recommendations of a Parliamentary Inquiry into Juukan Gorge have confirmed HESTA’s view that without an independent review of agreements between mining companies and Traditional Owners, investors cannot be confident this clear financial risk is being appropriately managed.

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01 December 2020

HESTA announced as cornerstone investor in Australia-first innovative listed impact investment with Australian Unity

HESTA has committed $20 million as a cornerstone investor in Australian Unity’s inaugural issuance of Mutual Capital Instruments, helping to establish a new capital source for the For Purpose, Mutual sector in Australia.

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27 November 2020

Winners announced for national HESTA Excellence Awards

Winners of the inaugural HESTA Excellence Awards were last night revealed, with eight organisations and teams recognised across disability services, allied health, aged care and community services in a virtual celebration of excellence.

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20 November 2020

Retirement Income Review highlights gender inequities in super system

The Retirement Income Review panel’s report clearly shows the need to address the significant gender-blind spot at the heart of Australia’s superannuation system.

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20 October 2020

Finalists revealed across disability, allied health, community and aged care for HESTA Excellence Awards

Australia’s top 24 organisations and teams working in disability, allied health, aged care and community services have today been revealed, the largest number of finalists ever announced in HESTA Awards history.

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07 October 2020

Statement: Federal Budget 2020-21

While the announcement of significant spending to stimulate jobs growth and economic recovery is welcome, we’re concerned this budget is a missed opportunity to address systemic weaknesses in our national economy exposed by the COVID-19 crisis.

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01 October 2020

HESTA launches 40:40 Vision campaign for at least 40% women in ASX200 executive roles by 2030

HESTA today launched 40:40 Vision, an ambitious investor-led initiative that aims to see women fill at least 40% of executive roles in the ASX200 by 2030.

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14 September 2020

Alan Sheen appointed Head of Portfolio Management in new HESTA investment leadership team

HESTA has announced Alan Sheen as Head of Portfolio Management, a key addition to the new-look senior investment leadership team announced earlier this year.

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27 August 2020

HESTA outlines investor expectations for how companies engage with Indigenous communities and manage heritage protection

HESTA is calling for the mining and energy industries to adopt consistent principles for engaging with Indigenous communities, saying investors are concerned risks are appropriately managed after the destruction of the Juukan Gorge Caves.

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