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What the Researchers Say:

A "good value for money" superannuation fund that is strong in nearly all assessment areas but with average 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
  • Infinity Award
Awards
Fund data valid as of May 31, 2017

Typical Fees

Balance This Fund Industry Average Difference
5k $103 $152 -$49
50k $400 $601 -$201
100k $730 $1,106 -$376

Investment Allocation

Intl shares 28.0%
Aus shares 23.0%
Property 7.0%
Alternative 21.0%
Fixed interest 15.0%
Cash 1.0%
Other 5.0%

Fees & Charges

Administration Fee ($) $70
Administration Fee (%) 0.27%
Investment Fee 0.39%
Switching Fee $26
Exit Fee $26
Account Size Discount No
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 89,930
Total Assets $10,133,283,163
Year Started 2013
Target Market NSW Local Government
Offered to Public? Yes
Fund Type Industry-MySuper

Fund Highlights - provided by Local Government Super MySuper Age Based Investment Strategy

Strong commitment to sustainable investing
Access to financial planning service
Insurance offering with competitive rates for automatic insurance
Member benefit program provides discounts for travel accommodation, phone and rental cars
Full public offer license via Division P which allows members of the public to join, provided that they are eligible to join a superannuation fund in Australia

Investment Option Performance

Asset Allocation Category FYTD FY 2016 FY 2015 FY 2014 FY 2013 FY 2012 Comparison
Balanced 10.66%
10.31%
3.42%
2.81%
9.33%
9.60%
12.72%
12.66%
13.84%
14.73%
-0.91%
0.45%
Fund
Benchmark
Conservative Balance 7.43%
7.39%
4.66%
2.82%
7.03%
7.28%
9.00%
9.64%
9.87%
11.26%
2.37%
1.87%
Fund
Benchmark
Growth 13.84%
11.92%
2.00%
2.10%
11.55%
10.71%
14.85%
14.01%
16.59%
17.11%
-3.44%
-0.95%
Fund
Benchmark
Capital Stable 4.69%
5.16%
4.70%
3.36%
4.51%
5.66%
6.73%
7.34%
7.03%
8.29%
4.72%
4.06%
Fund
Benchmark
  • 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

Originally established to provide retirement benefits to employees of NSW Local Governments in 1997, Local Government Super (LGS) is now a public offer industry fund.

LGS won the 2017 SuperRatings Infinity Award for the fifth time for its exceptional commitment to social, ethical and environmental principals. The fund was also the winner of the 2016 Rising Star Award, in recognition of consistent improvements to its product offerings which have significantly enhanced value for its members.

The MySuper Age Based Investment Strategy is based on the existing diversified investment options offered in the Accumulation Scheme. It automatically moves members between investment options, as they reach specified ages. LGS' Balanced Growth option has performed in-line with the SuperRatings Index over the long term. Choice members have access to an additional 6 Diversified and Single Sector options. Access to Term Deposits, ASX300 Shares and ETFs is also provided via the DIY Investment Option, however, additional costs may apply.

Fees for the Balanced Growth option are well below the industry average across all assessed account balances. However, transaction fees are applicable for withdrawals, investment and product switches.

LGS' Death only, Death & TPD and Income Protection (IP) offerings are competitive compared to industry peers. New members are provided with three units of Basic Death & TPD cover upon joining through their employer. Voluntary IP is available with benefit periods of either 2 years or until age 65, and with a choice of 30, 60 or 90 day waiting periods.