Key information for journalists and the media

  • Media contacts

    Anna-Maria Cooney
    + 61 3 8831 7045
    media@unisuper.com.au

  • Spokespeople

    Kevin O'Sullivan
    Chief Executive Officer

    As Chief Executive Officer, Kevin is responsible for developing, leading and implementing corporate strategy and culture. He is also accountable for the overall services and operational management of UniSuper Management nationally.

    John Pearce
    Chief Investment Officer

    John joined UniSuper in 2009 and is responsible for the management of our investment functions. John has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry both in Australia and Asia.

    Anna Leibel
    Chief Delivery and Information Officer

    Anna is UniSuper’s Chief Delivery and Information Officer responsible for delivering strategic projects, member administration operations, developing and implementing the IT strategy, and information security management. She has been leading the business through transformational change since 2017.

  • The facts
    Funds under management $80 billion
    Number of members 450,000
    Industries  Higher education and research industries 
    Average account balance $154,000
    Membership categories and products 
    • Defined Benefit Division
    • Accumulation 1
    • Accumulation 2
    • Personal Account
    • Flexi Pension
    • Indexed pensions 
    Employees 800+
  • Notes to editors
    • UniSuper is one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds and is run solely for the benefit of its members.
    • UniSuper is a profit-for-member fund. We don’t pay profits to shareholders or commissions to financial advisers.
    • For more than 35 years, UniSuper has been managing super for people employed in the higher education and research sector.
    • UniSuper currently invests around $80 billion on behalf of 450,000 members.
  • Our story

    UniSuper began with a single, compelling idea: we can deliver better value.

    At our origin in 1982, UniSuper’s founders believed they could create a superannuation scheme far superior to the default government option. They turned this vision into reality, delivering better returns for members and setting the stage for an organisation that has consistently looked after its members’ best interests. Our work makes a difference in the future of members’ lives: real people with real-world issues and worries about the future.

    UniSuper was founded in October 2000, as a result of a merger between the Superannuation Scheme for Australian Universities (SSAU) and the Tertiary Education Superannuation Scheme (TESS). Prior to the merger, UniSuper had been the trustee for the SSAU.

    Today, we’re passionate about securing the future of Australia’s thinkers, creators and investigators who are shaping a better tomorrow. We empower them to be confident about the future and make better financial decisions.

  • Awards
    SuperRatings
    • Fund of the Year 2019
    • MySuper of the Year 2019
    • Pension of the Year 2017

    See all our awards and ratings


    Chant West 
    • Advice Services: Best Fund 2020
    • Super Fund of the Year 2019
    • Best Fund: Investments 2019
    • Advice Services: Best Fund 2019
    • Pension Fund of the Year 2018

  • Annual report

    For more information about UniSuper check out our latest annual report.

  • Sponsorship

    We partner with and support industry events in the higher education and research community.

    Our members are at the heart of world-changing discoveries and we’re proud to be part of their story.

    We support events that recognise our members’ achievements, showcase their knowledge and celebrate their contribution to the higher education and research sector. We also support on campus initiatives, helping our members to forge stronger bonds and play a part in what makes their workplace great.

    More on sponsorship

  • Policy and advocacy

    We provide submissions to public inquiries and parliament, to ensure our members’ interests are represented in future government policy decisions.

    Read our public submissions

Media releases

Our latest media releases.

To request copies of earlier media releases, please contact the media team: media@unisuper.com.au.

Five questions for the Chief Investment Officer

Get the latest investment market news and insights from our Chief Investment Officer, John Pearce.

Five questions for the CIO - September 2020

With the Reserve Bank of Australia targeting a cash rate of 0.25%, a recent mini ‘bust’ in the tech sector and the price of gold hitting new highs, you might be wondering how your super fund can possibly find opportunities to invest and grow your life savings.

But there are always opportunities—it’s just that this time, they seem to be linked to the post-COVID ‘new normal’.

Join Chief Investment Officer, John Pearce, as he discusses the current investment landscape.

Podcasts 

Super Informed Radio is the podcast that unpacks the world of super, finance, and life’s money matters.

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