Our super future

Our super future

Sep 17
Join Aware Super’s CEO and CIO to discuss the impact of the Your Future Your Super legislation on the super market, equity and investment, and customers.
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Deanne Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Aware Super
Damian Graham, Chief Investment Officer, Aware Super
Gabriela D'Souza, Senior Economist, CEDA

Event Overview

The Australian superannuation funds market has topped 3 trillion dollars inside this year. At this point it will rival the size of other countries including the US and the UK.

Since the introduction of compulsory superannuation in 1992, a number of changes have been made to the way the system has operated. The latest raft of changes, the Your Future Your Super legislation has introduced stapling (accounts follow members when they change jobs), annual performance tests, and the best financial interests’ duty.

All of this is likely to have some impact on the structure of the market and how super funds will operate in the future. Join a senior group of CEDA Trustees with Aware Super CEO, Deanne Stewart and Chief Investment Officer, Damian Graham and CEDA Senior Economist, Gabriela D’Souza to discuss:

Structural changes and competition in the super market:
  • What trends are we likely to see in the market in the future?
  • Is it likely that consolidation will naturally shrink the number of players in the market to a fraction of the super funds currently in operation?
Equity and investment:
  • And what does our burgeoning pension balances of a smaller number of ‘mega funds’ mean for long term investment both locally and overseas?
  • What does this mean for the equity markets, and will we see capital becoming more mobile because of the sheer size of super funds?
  • What impact can investment decisions made by ‘mega funds’ have on economic development, sustainability and future prosperity?
Customer base:
  • What will the increase in personal finance tech companies playing in super mean for the operation of existing superannuation funds?
  • Will this lead to more competition in the market, or will “Scale be King”?
Roundtable start times:
SA/NT: 12.30pm
WA: 11.00am

This virtual roundtable is by invitation only. The roundtable will be conducted on a virtual platform and numbers are limited to maximise participation. Invitations to virtual roundtables are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies. Roundtable discussions will be targeted to varied groups, including state-based Trustees discussions, national or industry sector Trustee roundtables, and c-suite conversations.


Meet the speakers

Deanne Stewart
Chief Executive Officer, Aware Super

Deanne joined Aware Super as CEO in 2018. In the past three years, Aware Super has grown to become one of the largest industry funds in Australia. In that time, Deanne has overseen the fund’s strategic re-brand, its successful mergers with VicSuper and WA Super, the integration of Aware Super’s financial planning business, and the refresh of the organisation’s strategy and employee values. Aside from her role with Aware Super, Deanne is a Director of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia and the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors, and on the Steering Committee of the 40:40 Vision initiative. Deanne is also an adjunct professor at UTS and on the Advisory Board of UNSW Business school.

Damian Graham
Chief Investment Officer, Aware Super

Damian is responsible for Aware Super’s investment strategy and a team of investment specialists who manage the investment portfolios across all asset classes. He brings over 25 years’ experience managing equity portfolios and investment teams. Between 2012 and 2016 Damian was Chief Investment Officer at Aware Financial Services Australia Limited. He previously headed up Private Portfolio Management for the Macquarie Group, where he was promoted to run that business following a successful tenure as Head of Investment within the same division. Damian has also held senior positions within Norwich Investment Management and JP Morgan Investment Management.

Meet the facilitator

Gabriela D'Souza
Senior Economist, CEDA

Gabriela joined CEDA as Senior Economist in 2018 with eight years of experience in public policy. She has worked at some of Australia's most well-known and respected public policy think tanks and economics research centres. She has conducted research on a wide range of public policy issues including education, immigration, multidimensional disadvantage, and area-based measures of exclusion. Gabriela has a master’s degree in economics from Monash University and is an affiliate of Monash University’s Department of Business Statistics and Econometrics.
Trustee event advice - Coronavirus

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