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

  • More than 860,000 members (more than 80% are women).
  • $50 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


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

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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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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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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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HESTA welcomes reform to the superannuation system that promotes member’s best interests and wider community wellbeing.

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

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media releases


25 May 2020

Search begins for Australia’s best early childhood educators

Exceptional early childhood professionals are being sought as nominations open for the 2020 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards.

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07 May 2020

Nursing and midwifery winners announced for national HESTA Awards

Winners of the 2020 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards were last night announced as part of the highly anticipated annual celebration of leadership and work to improve patient care.

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05 May 2020

Changes to HESTA senior leadership team focus on investment risk management, digital innovation and brand strength

HESTA today announced the internal appointments of Katrina Waghorne to General Manager – Digital and Callum Tod to General Manager – Brand and Acquisition and that Matt Cameron would join the Fund as General Manager – Investment Risk.

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14 April 2020

HESTA appoints General Manager – Strategic Tilting as part of new-look investment team

HESTA today announced Luke Galloway as the Fund’s General Manager – Strategic Tilting.

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07 April 2020

Finalists revealed as changes to HESTA 2020 awards ceremony announced

Australia’s most outstanding nurses and midwives have today been announced, with 10 finalists in the running for a share of the $30,000 prize pool as part of the sector’s most prestigious awards program.

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12 March 2020

HESTA first Australian backer of global climate action initiative

HESTA has become the first Australian investor to pledge support for the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) – a global asset owner-led initiative that assesses companies’ preparedness to transition to a low-carbon economy.

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03 March 2020

HESTA announces new investment leadership structure and internalisation plans

HESTA today announced a new investment leadership structure, with recruitment for Heads of Portfolio Management and Portfolio Design roles and the appointment of Steven Semczyszyn to lead development of an internalised Australian Equities function.

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19 February 2020

HESTA wins Roy Morgan customer satisfaction award

HESTA last night received the Roy Morgan Annual Customer Satisfaction Award for the Major Industry Super Fund of the Year.

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20 January 2020

Josh Parisotto appointed HESTA Chief Advice Officer

HESTA today announced that Josh Parisotto will head up its advice and education service, having joined the executive team of the industry super fund in January.

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16 January 2020

HESTA appoints Andrew Major Chief Risk and Compliance Officer

HESTA has announced that Andrew Major has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, joining the Fund’s executive team.

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20 December 2019

Nominations open: 2020 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards

If you know a nurse or midwife doing outstanding work who deserves recognition, now is the time to nominate them for the 2020 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards.

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11 December 2019

HESTA pushes for simpler super splitting

HESTA is working with Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV) to simplify the process of splitting super assets to remove barriers preventing women from claiming their fair share of super when relationships end.

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