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Sam Riley

General Manager - Media Relations

Phone: +61 3 8660 1684 


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

  • More than 900,000 members (more than 80% are women).
  • $66 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.

HESTA policy submissions are available here: HESTA policy submissions.

For any policy-related questions please contact James Bennett on (03) 8665 9217 or




media releases


03 December 2021

Parliament rises without passing important superannuation equity measure

It’s disappointing the last Parliament sitting day for the year has ended without progressing legislation that would fix a super loophole that sees those earning less than $450 a month with an individual employer miss out on super contributions.

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26 November 2021

HESTA expands investments in digital healthcare innovation

HESTA is expanding its investment in leading Australian health software solutions, today announcing it has acquired a $120m equity stake in the newly combined Genie Solutions and Citadel Group.

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22 November 2021

The search is on for Australia’s best nurses and midwives

HESTA has begun its national search for Australia’s most exceptional nurses and midwives by today opening nominations for the 2022 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards.

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16 November 2021

Community and disability professionals proud of their sector, but at risk of leaving unless career development improves, new HESTA research shows

Professionals providing vital care and support to those living with disability and disadvantage were proud to work in their sector but are likely to leave unless there are more opportunities to progress and develop new skills, according to new HESTA research.

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29 October 2021

HESTA welcomes scrapping of $450 super threshold

We’ve been calling for the scrapping of the unfair $450 super threshold for more than 10 years, so we welcome the introduction of this legislation. It’s a long overdue and important step that will help improve financial security for the lower paid.

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22 October 2021

Australia can’t afford to be a climate change laggard, HESTA CEO tells climate summit

Australia risks being left behind as global capital markets pour trillions of dollars into net zero investment opportunities, HESTA CEO Debby Blakey last night warned in a speech to the Global Race to Zero Summit.

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07 October 2021

HESTA a winner for Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2021

Industry superannuation fund HESTA was recognised for its commitment to employee welfare, development and education when it was today named a winner for Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2021.

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14 September 2021

HESTA and Girls of Impact team up to improve gender diversity and career opportunities for young women in financial services

Industry superannuation fund HESTA has announced a collaboration with social enterprise Girls of Impact to encourage more young women to consider a career in financial services.

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09 September 2021

HESTA appoints Tim Mitchell-Adams to newly created role of Chief Growth Officer

HESTA is continuing to build on its strong member growth track record, with Tim Mitchell-Adams heading up the Growth Team as Chief Growth Officer.

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08 September 2021

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey appointed to ICGN Board

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey has been appointed to the Board of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), the global body representing institutional investors for the advancement of good governance.

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30 August 2021

Nationwide search begins for climate change, equality and diversity champions in health and community services

Nominations have today opened for the 2022 HESTA Impact Awards, which pays tribute to health and community services professionals taking steps to creating a better future.

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26 August 2021

National winners celebrated across allied health, aged care, community and disability services for HESTA Awards

The eight winners of the 2021 HESTA Excellence Awards were last night announced in a virtual celebration of Australia’s top organisations and teams working across allied health, aged care, community and disability services.

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