Australia’s Largest Super Funds

Canstar reveals the 10 largest Australian super funds by both membership size and assets under management.

Australia’s superannuation system is one of the world’s largest pension schemes. According to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), there were $2.3 trillion in assets under management as of June 2017. This represents a significant 10% increase in total assets compared with 12 months prior.

Interestingly, more than a dozen Australian super funds were recently ranked among the world’s largest pension funds.

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The tables below display Australia’s biggest super funds based on membership size and assets under management.

The rankings are based on the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s (APRA) Annual Fund-level Superannuation Statistics, released in February 2017.

10 largest super funds – by members

The table below displays the 10 super funds with the most members. Note that a single member can have accounts with multiple different super funds.

Rank Super fund

Number of member accounts

1 AMP Superannuation 2,893,072
2 AustralianSuper 2,135,939
3 Retail Employees Superannuation (REST) 1,960,282
4 BT Funds Management 1,211,172
5 Colonial Mutual Superannuation 1,176,852
6 Sunsuper 1,136,507
7 HOSTPLUS 1,021,234
8 MLC Nominees 1,018,660
9 OnePath Custodians 993,996
10 Colonial First State  978,171
Source: APRA, February 2017

In total, these 10 super funds have 13.5 million members. At the other end of the scale, there are certain super funds in Australia that have less than 1,000 members – one even has as few as 78.

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10 largest super funds – by assets

This table displays the 10 super funds with the highest total value of assets under management.

Rank

Super fund Total assets under management ($’000)
1 Australian Super 103,696,676
2 Colonial First State 66,395,273
3 State Public Sector Superannuation (Qsuper) 66,126,312

4

First State Superannuation 57,092,316
5 Retirement Wrap (BT Super) 56,975,775
6 Unisuper 56,645,511

7

AMP Superannuation 52,757,198
8 The Universal Super Scheme (MLC) 45,801,081
9 Retail Employees Superannuation (REST) 41,522,069
10

Sunsuper

39,297,124
Source: APRA, February 2017

These top 10 super funds account for more than $586 billion – roughly one-quarter of the $2.3 trillion worth of assets under management in the entire industry.

The table below displays a snapshot of these superannuation providers on Canstar’s database, sorted by past 3 year return. Only one product per provider is displayed.

Please note that the performance information shown in the table is for the investment option used by Canstar in the rating of the superannuation product.

Does size guarantee good performance?

A super fund with more members isn’t necessarily a better fund. We recommend you also consider these five key metrics:

  • Performance: look for a fund with a good long-term track record of delivering consistently high returns (see past performance disclaimer below)
  • Fees: high fee accounts can take tens of thousands of dollars off your final retirement balance. That said, it’s important to consider fees in conjunction with long-term performance
  • Investment options: try to find a super fund that suits your investment needs and risk appetite
  • Insurance: if you’d like to pay for life insurance through your super, look for a fund that offers cover that suits your needs
  • Online functionality: it could be worth looking for funds that offer mobile apps and easy online use – some super funds make it easier to check your balance and make contributions online than others

You can find more information by comparing your options with Canstar.

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