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Sam Riley

General Manager - Media Relations

Phone: +61 3 8660 1684 

Email:  mediarelations@hesta.com.au

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

  • More than 880,000 members (more than 80% are women).
  • $62 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 jbennett@hesta.com.au

 

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.

Read the submission

 

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

Read the submission

 

media releases

 

28 July 2021

HESTA named top major super fund for customer satisfaction

HESTA scored the highest customer satisfaction rating among industry and retail funds, according to independent research agency, Roy Morgan’s latest Superannuation Satisfaction Report.

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27 July 2021

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

Australia’s top 26 organisations and teams working in disability, allied health, aged care and community services have today been revealed as finalists in the 2021 HESTA Excellence Awards.

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22 July 2021

HESTA Sustainable Growth top performing balanced investment option

HESTA’s Sustainable Growth option is the country’s top performing balanced option for the year, leading across one, three, five, seven, 10 and 15-year timeframes*.

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07 July 2021

HESTA announces Jeff Brunton as Head of Portfolio Management

HESTA has appointed Jeff Brunton as the new Head of Portfolio Management, further strengthening the Fund’s senior investment leadership as the organisation moves forward with its internalisation plans.

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06 July 2021

Top early childhood educators and services recognised in national HESTA awards

Ten extraordinary early childhood educators and services were today announced as finalists in the 2021 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards.

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05 July 2021

HESTA launches story collection to honour First Nations nurses and midwives

HESTA is shining a light on the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives in a new publication that pays tribute to their important contributions to better health outcomes.

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28 June 2021

Kim Farrant joins HESTA team as General Manager Responsible Investment

HESTA today announced Kim Farrant has joined the Fund as General Manager Responsible Investment.

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15 June 2021

Former HESTA Chair and Impact Committee member Angela Emslie recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

HESTA congratulates former HESTA Chair and current Impact Committee member Angela Emslie for her appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and for her significant service to the finance and superannuation sectors and to suicide prevention.

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15 June 2021

Survey points to improved gender diversity in funds management but progress stalls for senior roles

More women are working for listed and unlisted fund managers than ever before, but the historically male-dominated industry still has much work to do to improve gender diversity, the latest HESTA research reveals.

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27 May 2021

ASX giants commit to gender diverse leadership

ANZ and BHP are among the first 10 ‘trail blazer’ companies to sign up for the investor-led 40:40 Vision initiative and commit to achieving gender balance in the ranks of their senior leadership within the decade. Other companies making up the first 10 signatories include BlueScope, Domino’s, IGO, Ramsay Health Care, SkyCity, South32, Tabcorp and Webjet.

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17 May 2021

Transforming aged care must start with improving wages and conditions for professionals working in the sector, new HESTA research reveals

New HESTA aged care workforce research reveals we risk missing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build the skilled workforce needed to meet future demand if there is not an adequate national effort to improve wages and conditions in the sector.

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12 May 2021

HESTA welcomes scrapping of $450 threshold, but Federal Budget has few additional measures to close super gap for women

HESTA welcomed the announcement that the Government would scrap the $450 super threshold but said there were disappointingly few budget measures targeted at improving women’s financial security in retirement.

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