Investment costs

At UniSuper, we aim to keep our fees and costs competitive. We don’t pay commissions to agents. This means you pay less to enjoy the benefits of being a UniSuper member.

What you pay for

Investment fees, with other indirect costs (referred to as Indirect Cost Ratios, or ICRs), relate to the cost of managing each investment option but do not include account-based fees. Some of these are deducted from the assets of the Fund and from each of our investment options and some portions are deducted from entities we invest in. They are expressed as percentages of the total average net assets in a particular investment option.

These fees and costs reflect internal and external fees we incur when managing each option, including:

  • fees charged by external investment managers
  • fees charged by UniSuper Management Pty Ltd for assets we manage internally
  • custodial and valuation fees
  • the cost of funding the operational risk reserve (which is a reserve that all superannuation funds are required to maintain)
  • costs incurred within interposed vehicles, and
  • implied costs when trading in OTC derivatives.

Investment fees and ICRs don't include account-based fees such as administration, switching or withdrawal fees. The actual amount we charge you each financial year depends on:

  • the size of the fund
  • the type of assets held
  • the investment mandates we give to external investment managers
  • the actual investment performance achieved, and
  • any performance-based fees we pay.

Investment fees and ICRs to 30 June 2019

Accumulation super & TTR FLEXI PENSION1

Below is a summary of our investment fees and ICRs. For Accumulation 1 and Personal Account members, download the Fees and costs booklet (PDF, 1.3KB) for the full details of our investment fees and costs, including how and when they are paid. Accumulation 2 members can download the product disclosure statement.

OPTION INVESTMENT FEE (%)2
ICR (%)2 TOTAL (%)3
Conservative 0.32 0.28 0.60
Conservative Balanced 0.34 0.30 0.64
Balanced 0.42 0.13 0.55
Sustainable Balanced 0.33 0.04 0.37
Growth 0.50 0.19 0.69
High Growth 0.51 0.16 0.67
Sustainable High Growth 0.38 0.04 0.42
Cash4 0.14 0.04 0.18
Australian Bond4 0.18 0.04 0.21
Diversified Credit Income 0.33 0.04 0.36
Listed Property5 0.24 0.09 0.33
Australian Shares 0.37 0.33 0.70
International Shares 0.60 0.04 0.64
Global Environmental Opportunities 0.44 0.04 0.48
Australian Equity Income 0.39 0.04 0.42
Global Companies in Asia 0.45 0.04 0.48

1 Once you have reached age 65 or notify us that you have satisfied a condition allowing unrestricted access to super prior to age 65, your administration fees, investment fees and ICR will be charged as a standard Flexi Pension member. 
2The investment fees and ICRs shown above are based on the investment fees and ICRs for the year ended 30 June 2019. The actual amount you’ll be charged in subsequent financial years will depend on the actual fees and costs incurred by the Trustee in managing the relevant investment option. From 1 October 2019, we anticipate that the ICR will decrease by up to 0.02% on the basis that the funding of the Operational Risk Reserve will reduce from 0.03% to 0.01%, although as the ICR shown is an estimate only, it may increase or decrease depending on the actual costs incurred
3 Components may not add to ‘Total’ due to rounding.
4From 1 October 2019, we anticipate that the investment fee for the Cash and Australian Bond options will decrease by up to 0.04%.
5 These amounts reflect the fees and costs which we have incurred in managing the Listed Property option, for example, fees and costs we incur in the course of investing in listed property securities—i.e. real estate investment trusts (REITs)—for that option. These figures do not include any amounts incurred by the REITs which the Listed Property option has invested in – such as costs relating to any real property and the other business activities of those REITs.

Pension (non-TTR Flexi pension)

Below is a summary of our investment fees and ICRs. Read the relevant product disclosure statement for the full details of our investment fees and costs including how and when they are paid.

OPTION INVESTMENT FEE (%)6
ICR (%)6 TOTAL (%)7
Conservative 0.25 0.24 0.49
Conservative Balanced 0.27 0.26 0.53
Balanced 0.35 0.09 0.44
Sustainable Balanced 0.26 0.00 0.26
Growth 0.43 0.16 0.58
High Growth 0.44 0.12 0.56
Sustainable High Growth 0.31 0.00 0.31
Cash8 0.09 0.00 0.09
Australian Bond8 0.13 0.00 0.13
Diversified Credit Income 0.26 0.00 0.26
Listed Property9 0.17 0.05 0.22
Australian Shares 0.30 0.29 0.60
International Shares 0.53 0.00 0.53
Global Environmental Opportunities 0.37 0.00 0.37
Australian Equity Income 0.32 0.00 0.32
Global Companies in Asia 0.38 0.00 0.38

6 The investment fees and ICRs shown above are indicative only and are based on the investment fees and ICRs for these investment options for the year ended 30 June 2019, including several components which are estimates. The actual amount you’ll be charged in subsequent financial years will depend on the actual fees and costs incurred by the Trustee in managing the investment options. The amounts of investment fees and ICRs for other investment options are paid at the same frequency and in the same manner as the Balanced investment option.
7 Components may not add to ‘Total’ due to rounding.
8 From 1 October 2019, we anticipate that the investment fee for the Cash and Australian Bond options will decrease by up to 0.04%.
9 These amounts reflect the fees and costs which we have incurred in managing the Listed Property option, for example, fees and costs we incur in the course of investing in listed property securities—i.e. real estate investment trusts (REITs)—for that option. These figures do not include any amounts incurred by the REITs which the Listed Property option has invested in—such as costs relating to any real property and the other business activities of those REITs.

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