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Over the past decade, the media and the government has done a great job of emphasizing the importance of super, especially for women. As you’d no doubt be aware, women typically retire with far less super than men, so much so that women of retirement age are the fastest growing cohort of people to be considered at risk of becoming homeless. So given all the airtime the issue has been receiving and various initiatives to change...
If retirement seems like something that will happen in the very distant future, it’s easy to let planning for it fall by the wayside.  But given that women regularly retire with significantly less super than men, it’s important to do whatever you can to make your super work for you. But how? One of the easiest (yet most overlooked) ways of making your super work harder is to consolidate it into one account. Doing so...
On average, we all have approximately 7 different jobs over our lifetimes, but for many of us, if you include casual jobs, it can be a lot more! And one of the challenges of this is keeping up with what happens to our superannuation. If you’ve lost track of your super, you’re not alone! Australians have collectively over $14 billion dollars in lost, inactive or unclaimed super. And if you’re not keeping track of your...
When your pay stops, your super doesn’t have to If you’re thinking about parental leave or another extended break from your work, it’s important to think about how to keep your retirement savings growing during your leave. Tipping regular contributions into your super account during a career break helps protect and grow your super balance while you’re not receiving employee contributions. Start by asking...
2017 was a powerful year for gender equality. It’s the year that brought us women’s marches around the world promoting equality for women, important legislative change and the global #MeToo movement against sexual assault, catalysed by allegations made against high-profile director Harvey Weinstein. It was the year when Saudi Arabian women finally gained the right to drive, while Iceland became the first country in the world to...
So you read last month’s blog and decided to switch jobs, or pursue a new career in 2018 – fabulous! No matter what your reasons for changing jobs, there are a number of things that you need to take into consideration when you move to another job. This includes thinking about your superannuation fund and the money that is accumulated within it. Some people forget to take action when it comes to their superannuation fund and...
We chat with Lisa Roberts, Manager in the Liquidity and Implementation Team at AustralianSuper, about managing the work/life balance whilst raising a child. You’re a Manager in the Liquidity and Implementation team at AustralianSuper.   How do you manage the work/life balance? Since returning to work I no longer work on BAU activities, as that is pretty difficult to do on a part time basis. I work three full days a...
While there is much focus on the qualities and skills that employers look for in employees, not much is said concerning the things job seekers look for in an employer. But isn’t that just as important? We often hear women say, ‘I’m just a mum.’ Hold up, ladies – there is no ‘just’ about it. Any mum will tell you that being a parent is the hardest job there is, and one that equips you with a...