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 March 31, 2016

Typical Fees

Balance This Fund Industry Average Difference
5k $102 $155 -$53
50k $430 $628 -$198
100k $795 $1,158 -$363

Investment Allocation

Intl shares 24.0%
Aus shares 28.0%
Property 10.0%
Alternative 10.0%
Fixed interest 15.0%
Cash 3.0%
Other 10.0%

Fees & Charges

Administration Fee ($) $65
Administration Fee (%) 0.10%
Investment Fee 0.63%
Switching Fee $30
Exit Fee $65.08
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 108,466
Total Assets $4,335,688,078
Year Started 2013
Target Market Printing/Media/Entertainment
Offered to Public? Yes
Fund Type Industry-MySuper

Fund Highlights - provided by Media Super MySuper

Low fees
Diversified Balanced MySuper investment option
Advice for members on a fee for service basis
Interactive and informative website
Aged-based default Death & TPD cover, as well as optional additional insurance
Relationship Manager visits to workplaces Australia wide
Free super and retirement seminars

Fund Rating Snapshot

  • Legend:
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  • 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 0.37%
  • 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

Media Super is a public offer industry fund, established in 2008 from the merger of Print Super and JUST SUPER. Since then, Media Super has been dedicated to serving members in the print, media, entertainment, arts and creative industries.

Media Super's MySuper offering is a re-badged version of its Balanced investment option and it has under-performed the SuperRatings Index over the five years to 30 June 2015. Choice members have access to a variety of Diversified and Single Sector investment strategies, which includes a Sustainable Future Shares option and a SmartPath Lifecycle option. Access to Term Deposits, ASX300 Shares and ETFs is provided via the Direct Investment option (Use of the Direct Investment option entails additional costs).

Fees for the MySuper option are rated as excellent across all assessed account balances. The low Asset Administration fee is competitive relative to industry peers. However, transaction fees apply for withdrawals, switches and contribution splitting.

Eligible members automatically receive Standard Default cover for Death, TPD and Income Protection. Employer-Selected Default cover for Death only and Death & TPD is also available. Members can also apply for up to $5 million of Death and $2 million of TPD. IP covers 87% of salary (including SG contributions) up to $30,000 per month. A benefit payment period of 5 years or up to age 65 is available, with a choice of 30, 60 or 90 day waiting periods.

Media Super's interactive website features a wide range of resources for members. The Media Centre covers a large array of subjects including education on fundamental superannuation topics, fund bulletins, investment updates and community news.

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