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Sam Riley

Media Relations Manager

Phone: +61 3 8660 1684 


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


  • More than 840,000 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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media releases


15 July 2019

HESTA announces 2018/19 Financial Year returns

HESTA has again delivered strong, competitive investment returns to members for the FY1819.

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08 July 2019

Nominations now open for 2019 HESTA Community Sector Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2019 HESTA Community Sector Awards, recognising people and organisations making exceptional contributions to social justice in Australia.

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24 June 2019

Nominations now open for HESTA Aged Care Awards

Now is the time to recognise those making an outstanding contribution to aged care in Australia by nominating them for the 2019 HESTA Aged Care Awards.

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09 May 2019

Winners announced in HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards

Winners from NSW, VIC, and ACT were recognised at the 2019 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards dinner held in Melbourne last night for their outstanding performance and commitment to patient care and clinical improvement in nursing and midwifery.

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06 May 2019

Nominate now to recognise an outstanding early childhood educator

If you know an outstanding early childhood professional who deserves recognition, now is the time to nominate them for the 2019 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards.

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09 April 2019

HESTA announces finalists in national nursing & midwifery awards

Twelve of Australia’s most outstanding nurses and midwives have been announced as finalists in the 2019 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards.

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25 February 2019

Industry super fund HESTA named top employer for gender equality

HESTA was today named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for the third year in a row.

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14 February 2019

HESTA Executive Rob Fowler retires resulting in new role at the Fund leading investment execution

HESTA Executive – Investment Execution, Rob Fowler will retire from the Fund in July, resulting in a new role being created to lead investment execution at the $46 billion industry fund.

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17 December 2018

Site work starts on Australia-first dementia village backed by HESTA

Ground was broken and final plans were unveiled today for an innovative suburban village in Tasmania designed to provide real-life experiences for people living with dementia.

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20 November 2018

HESTA welcomes Government announcement providing early access to super for family violence victims and survivors

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey welcomed the Government’s announcement today that victims and survivors of family violence will be able to receive early access to their superannuation.

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31 October 2018

Nicola Roxon announced as new HESTA Independent Chair

HESTA today announced that the Hon. Nicola Roxon will become its new Independent Chair when Angela Emslie steps down from the position at the end of her term on 31 December 2018.

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30 October 2018

Community heroes receive top honours at national awards

Winners from NSW, SA and WA were recognised for their life-changing work and inspiring advocacy at the 2018 HESTA Community Sector Awards in Sydney last night.

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