What the Researchers Say:

A "best value for money" superannuation fund. Well balanced across all key assessment criteria in a robust, secure and proven risk framework. The fund provides features that should assist most individuals to meet their retirement savings goals.
You should contact your financial adviser or this fund before making an investment decision.

  • MySuper Platinum
Fund data valid as of March 31, 2016

Typical Fees

Balance This Fund Industry Average Difference
5k $105 $155 -$50
50k $577 $628 -$51
100k $1,102 $1,158 -$56

Investment Allocation

Intl shares 22.0%
Aus shares 28.0%
Property 10.0%
Alternative 20.0%
Fixed interest 10.0%
Cash 10.0%

Fees & Charges

Administration Fee ($) $52
Administration Fee (%) 0.22%
Investment Fee 0.83%
Switching Fee $28
Exit Fee $0
Account Size Discount Yes
Employer Size Discount No

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 47,730
Total Assets $5,934,983,387
Year Started 2013
Target Market Energy Industry
Offered to Public? Yes
Fund Type Industry-MySuper

Fund Highlights - provided by Energy Super - MySuper

Energy Super is an industry super fund run only to benefit members. We are committed to offering our members:
Strong investment returns
A wide range of investment options to suit different investors;
Access to financial advice, including convenient over the phone advice, at no extra cost to members;
Products and services tailored specifically to the energy industry;
Continued regional access to our seminar program, covering a range of super and wealth management topics.

Fund Rating Snapshot

  • Legend:
  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Average
  • Below Average
  • N/A

Rating Categories Clockwise from top

Performance is based on the past 5 years for their core balanced option
Investment Choices
Points scored on additional benefits to members ie: Home loans, Credit Cards, Health Insurance, Reverse Mortgage, shopping discounts, anti detriment payments and many others
Investment Processes
Points scored on contribution collection, via cheque, cash, Eftpos, Bpay, direct debit and other features
Small Account Fees
Points scored on the fees and charges based on an account size of $5k
Medium Account Fees
Points scored on the fees and charges based on an account size of $50k
Large Account Fees
Points scored on the fees and charges based on an account size of $100k
Death Insurance
Points scored on premium costs and features for Death Insurance ie: Min/Max level of cover, cover available during unpaid, whilst overseas, max age and other features
Death and TPD Insurance
Points scored on premium costs features for Death and TPD Insurance ie: Min/Max level of cover, cover available during unpaid, whilst overseas, max age and other features
Income Protection Insurance
Points scored on premium costs features for Income Protection insurance ie: Min/Max level of cover, cover available during unpaid, whilst overseas, max% on monthly salary, waiting days available and other features
Member Services
Points scored on additional benefits offered to members ie Statement frequency and newsletter communications and other features
Administration Services
Points scored on the fund structure ie switching between investments, selecting regular contributions, nominated beneficiary changes, changing insurance options. For Service features like call centre, adviser services reports and many other features.
Financial Advice
Points scored on features in respect to financial advice facilities offered ie, by phone, internet, face to face, cost of scaled advice and others.
Points scored on Trustee structure, number of independent directors , renumeration and proxy voting policy and risk

Score Explanation

Excellent: Score of 75%-100%
Premium performer in this area. Well above benchmark.
Good: Score of 51%-74%
Better than most funds. Above benchmark
Average: Score of 26%-50%
Placed close to benchmark
Below average: Score of below 25%
Not quite up to speed. Lower than benchmark.

Investment Option Performance

Asset Allocation Category FYTD FY 2015 FY 2014 FY 2013 FY 2012 FY 2011 Comparison
Balanced 2.35%
  • 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 30/06/2015, 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

Energy Super was established in 2011 as a result of a merger between ESI Super and SPEC Super. The Fund is MySuper authorised and open to public to join regardless of the occupation.

The Fund's default MySuper option commenced on 1 September 2013 and is a rebadged version of the Choice Balanced option. Choice members are able to select from a further 9 investment options, including a Socially Responsible option. The MySuper Option has underperformed the SuperRatings Index over the shorter term.

Energy Super's fee structure is particularly competitive across smaller account balances. An exit fee of $65 is charged to close an account and members receive one free investment switch each financial year.

A full suite of insurance is available for members. Income Protection (IP) insurance provides cover up to 90% of pre-injury income, plus 10% in superannuation contributions for two years and then 85% of income plus a 15% superannuation contribution to age 65. Former members of ESI Super or SPEC Super may have different TPD or IP arrangements.

Energy Super provides in-house financial planning to all members, with the first consultation free of charge. Access to reduced-cost banking products and health insurance is also provided, in addition to the Energy Super Webinar and Seminar series which can be booked online.

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