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HESTA is the acronym for Health Employees Superannuation Trust Australia so it should always appear in capitals.
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.
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).
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 below. For any policy-related questions please contact James Bennett on (03) 8665 9217 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The proposed changes will significantly amend the ‘value’ that insurance offerings can provide to superannuation members.
HESTA welcomes the opportunity to comment on the 'Superannuation binding death benefit nominations and kinship structures' consultation paper released by Treasury.
HESTA supports the standardised definitions of key insurance terms; however, having standardised terms should not necessarily imply standardised cover or eligibility for insurance cover.
Early access to superannuation before retirement should only occur in limited circumstances.
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.
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.
HESTA welcomes reform to the superannuation system that promotes member’s best interests and wider community wellbeing.
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.
HESTA welcomes reform to the superannuation system that truly promotes a member’s best interest and community wellbeing.
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14 November 2019
A VIC Personal Care Assistant whose compassion and kindness improved the wellbeing of residents, a NSW team that provides specialised dental services to aged care residents, and a SA team who increased the number of nursing students choosing to work in aged care, received top honours at the 2019 HESTA Aged Care Awards held in Adelaide last night.Read the full article
13 November 2019
HESTA has taken a pulse check of the state of equality for women in Australia and has found persisting discrimination and inequality in work and pay is leaving them with greater financial vulnerability throughout their lives.Read the full article
29 October 2019
Australia’s most outstanding community sector organisations and individuals have been revealed, with 11 finalists announced in the 2019 HESTA Community Sector Awards.Read the full article
23 October 2019
HESTA has committed $200 million to a property mandate managed by ISPT that will focus on identifying investment opportunities in Australia’s fast-growing healthcare sector.Read the full article
15 October 2019
Twelve finalists have been recognised in the 2019 HESTA Aged Care Awards which recognises Australia’s most innovative and proactive aged care organisations, teams and individuals.Read the full article
26 September 2019
A NSW team who developed a program to better support vulnerable children, a VIC graduate who helped deaf children learn Auslan and spoken language, and a NSW team whose research-based curriculum increased children’s ability to manage risks received top honours at the HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards in Hobart last night.Read the full article
11 September 2019
HESTA was recognised as a global leader in responsible investment when it was named today in the Leaders’ Group by the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).Read the full article
03 September 2019
Today HESTA announced its the first Australian super fund to be certified by the Federal Department of Environment and Energy as Carbon Neutral for emissions produced from its business operations.Read the full article
27 August 2019
Eight of Australia’s most outstanding early childhood educators and services have been announced as finalists in the 2019 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards.Read the full article
08 August 2019
HESTA has committed $20m to an innovative Melbourne apartment project that could be replicated at scale to help improve housing affordability and sustainability for first home buyers, Affordable Housing clients and those working in key community occupations.Read the full article
08 July 2019
Nominations are now open for the 2019 HESTA Community Sector Awards, recognising people and organisations making exceptional contributions to social justice in Australia.Read the full article