Latest returns

Your investment returns depend on the performance of the investment option(s) you have chosen to invest your savings in. Returns may be negative, nil or positive. 

Daily unit pricing

The scheme uses daily unit pricing. When you log in to your account to view your investment balances online, you see the unit price, number of units and dollar value for your holding in each investment option.

A unit represents a share in a particular investment option. The unit price is based on the net value of all the investments held under that investment option. At the end of each trading day, we declare a unit price for each option, just like a share price. When your contributions are paid into the scheme, you effectively buy additional units based on that day’s unit price. Similarly, when you apply for a benefit, you redeem units to the value of your withdrawal based on that day’s unit price.

Investment management fees and expenses are reflected in the unit price. However, the unit price is before tax. This is because investment returns are taxed at different rates based on each member’s prescribed investor rate (PIR). See Fees and tax for more information.

Market update

Our investment manager Mercer prepares a quarterly update on investment markets. Read it here.

Percentage returns

These investment performance figures are based on the change in unit prices over a given period and are expressed as a percentage. Returns are after tax at 28% and fees. An adjustment is made to the change in unit prices to allow for tax at 28% for the post 1 July 2019 period.

Returns for this scheme year

  Growth Balanced Stable Cash Plus
Jul 2018 1.02% 0.69% 0.35% 0.15%
Aug 2018 0.63% 0.49% 0.18% 0.13%
Sep 2018 0.05% (0.23%) 0.07% 0.12%
Oct 2018 (3.80%) (2.48%) (1.14%) 0.14%
Nov 2018 0.37% 0.36% 0.08% 0.13%
Dec 2018 (3.03%) (1.59%) (0.34%) 0.14%
Jan 2019 4.24% 3.06% 1.44% 0.15%
Feb 2019 1.80% 1.17% 0.54% 0.14%
Mar 2019 1.22% 1.29% 0.87% 0.13%
Apr 2019 1.39% 0.93% 0.53% 0.14%
May 2019 (1.90%) (0.86%) (0.13%) 0.14%
June 2019 2.90% 2.25% 1.30% 0.12%
Year to 30 June 2019 4.69% 5.04% 3.78% 1.64%

Historical returns

  Growth Balanced Stable Cash Plus
2018 7.09% 5.31% 3.54% 1.61%
2017 10.33% 7.10% 3.85% 1.66%
2016 2.09% 3.52% 4.22% 2.03%
2015 7.34% 6.35% 4.31% 2.84%
2014 14.28% 11.39% 7.53% 2.27%
5-year return (p.a.)  8.15% 6.70% 4.68% 2.08%
Since inception*  5.97% 5.62% 5.00% 2.21%

*Growth, Balanced and Stable were introduced on 1 May 2003. Cash Plus was introduced on 1 December 2009.

Performance against benchmarks

Each option aims to outperform its benchmark. You can read more about benchmarks in the Statement of Investment Policy and Objectives.

Performance against benchmark

to 30 June 2019 (before fees and tax)
  3 years 5 years 7 years 10 years
Growth +0.9% +0.7% +0.8% +0.8%
Balanced +1.2% +0.7% +0.9% +1.3%
Stable +0.9% +0.5% +0.6% +1.4%