What the Researchers Say:

A "good value for money" superannuation fund that is strong in nearly all assessment areas but with average features and/or performance in one or more of our assessment criteria.
You should contact your financial adviser or this fund before making an investment decision.

  • MySuper Gold
Fund data valid as of July 31, 2017

Typical Fees

Balance This Fund Industry Average Difference
5k $110 $154 -$44
50k $560 $612 -$52
100k $1,060 $1,127 -$67

Investment Allocation

Intl shares 27.0%
Aus shares 27.0%
Property 4.0%
Alternative 14.0%
Fixed interest 23.0%
Cash 5.0%

Fees & Charges

Administration Fee ($) $60
Administration Fee (%) 0.60%
Investment Fee 0.40%
Switching Fee $0
Exit Fee $0
Account Size Discount Yes
Employer Size Discount Yes

Fund Features

Financial Planning Service
Health Insurance
Home Loans
Credit Cards
Binding Nominations
Non-lapsing Binding Nominations
Insurance Life Event Increases
Anti-detriment Payments
Long Term Income Protection

About this Fund

Membership 774,338
Total Assets $63,554,180,659
Year Started 2013
Target Market All Industries
Offered to Public? Yes
Fund Type Master Trust-MySuper

Fund Highlights - provided by Colonial First State - FirstChoice Super MySuper

FirstChoice has become the most widely used platform in Australia.
The fund offers advisers and their clients superior service award-winning online functionality.
FirstChoice offers a wide range of investment and insurance options, all for some of the lowest fees in the platform market.

Investment Option Performance

Asset Allocation Category FYTD FY 2016 FY 2015 FY 2014 FY 2013 FY 2012 Comparison
Balanced 0.45%
Growth 0.79%
Capital Stable 0.22%
  • Legend:
  • Outperformed average
  • Underperformed average
  • Negative returns

Annualised figures are the average per year returns of the rated option based on the cumulative returns for the past 5 years to 30/06/2016, past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Performance and fee data is based on the option which is rated by SuperRatings and stated on each product's landing page.

Benchmark investment information - how performance is measured

To ensure comparability for consumers, the RateCity superannuation comparison is based on the asset allocation of each of the MySuper/Pension products, irrespective of the name of the investment option. This methodology allows consumers to compare products on a like for like basis and removes any ambiguities associated with the name of the investment option. For example, an investment option may be classified as growth, however its asset allocation may in fact mean it should be classified as high growth. By using the asset allocation as the dominant identifier, we believe this provides the most robust framework for consumers to compare funds and recognise that this is a consistent approach to that of SuperRatings methodology.

Option Type Percentage of Growth Assets
min-max %
High Growth 91-100%
Growth 77-90%
Balanced 60-76%
Conservative Balanced 41-59%
Capital Stable 20-40%
Secure 0-19%

What the researchers say

Colonial First State FirstChoice Employer division was established in 2002 and is MySuper compliant. It is open to employees and their spouses of participating employer groups.

The default investment strategy consists of 12 Lifestage options that members transition through. As the member gets older, growth assets automatically decline. The investment allocation of the Lifestage 1960-1964 is shown in the chart below. The fund also offers a comprehensive selection of additional investment options. The short term performance of the Lifestage option has been below the SuperRatings benchmark and long term performance is unavailable.

Fees are above than the industry average across most balances assessed and further discounts may apply depending on the specific employer plan. The fund includes buy/sell spreads as part of their fee structure.

A full suite of comprehensive insurance is accessible through Colonial FirstChoice Employer. Conditions are flexible and features are extensive, including unlimited Death cover to age 75. Income Protection is offered to a maximum of 85% of salary (including super benefits) with a choice of 30, 60 or 90 day waiting periods and 2 year, 5 year or to age 65 benefit periods.

Colonial FirstChoice Employer offers members and employers online access to their account via FirstNet, as well as interactive educational services. Comprehensive and regular reporting featuring bi-annual benefit statements are also available.