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
  • Rising Star Award
  • Infinity Award
Fund data valid as of February 29, 2016

Typical Fees

Balance This Fund Industry Average Difference
5k $82 $155 -$73
50k $208 $629 -$421
100k $348 $1,160 -$812

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 ($) $68
Administration Fee (%) 0.28%
Investment Fee
Switching Fee $25
Exit Fee $25
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 90,635
Total Assets $9,021,775,674
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

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 -1.08%
Conservative Balance 0.64%
Growth -2.92%
Capital Stable 1.44%
  • 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

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

The MySuper Age Based Investment Strategy is based on the existing diversified investment options offered in the Accumulation Scheme. This investment strategy automatically moves members between investment options as they reach specified ages. LGS' Balanced Growth option has under-performed the SuperRatings Index over the five years to 30 June 2015. 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 (Use of the DIY option entails additional costs).

Fees associated with this product are rated as excellent across all assessed account balances. However, transaction fees are applicable for withdrawals, investment and product switches.

New members are provided with three units of Basic Death & TPD cover upon joining through their employer. LGS' Death only, Death & TPD and Income Protection (IP) offerings are all assessed as good. 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.

LGS was awarded SuperRatings Infinity Award in 2015 for the 4th time for their exceptional commitment to social, ethical and environmental principals. The fund is also the winner of the 2016 Rising Star Award, in recognition of its consistent improvements to its product offerings which have significantly enhanced value for its members.

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