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Super’s new voice gets a name, looks for a face

The merger between ISA and AIST has created a new organisation that will court both sides of politics to “advocate for the interests” of more than 10 million Australians.

Lachlan Maddock | 20th Sep 2023 | More
‘It played a vital role’: So long CMSF, AIST

As the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees disappears, a piece of super history – one that led to the creation of many of the institutions the industry relies on today – is likely going along with it.

Lachlan Maddock | 6th Sep 2023 | More
ISA, AIST to join forces for a fresh start

Two of Australia’s leading superannuation bodies will soon be no more. In their place will be a new, merged entity intended to be a “powerful advocate” for the superannuation system and the funds that comprise it.

Lachlan Maddock | 21st Aug 2023 | More
  • How two hands and the ‘Grandma Principle’ created industry super’s most enduring symbol

    The industry super collective logo has become one of the industry’s most recognisable symbols and a full-blown memetic in its own right. Its genesis was in a campaign to get retail funds to take their “beaks out of the carcass”.

    Lachlan Maddock | 21st Jul 2023 | More
    Fahy leaves ASFA after a good innings

    Martin Fahy has stepped down as CEO of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) after seven years at the helm where he played a “pivotal role” in addressing the policy and regulatory changes of the period.

    Lachlan Maddock | 26th May 2023 | More
    Members back nation-building, but the devil is in the details

    Members back the idea of industry funds and the government working together on nation-building projects – if the returns stack up. Convincing them that they actually do will be key.

    Lachlan Maddock | 26th Apr 2023 | More
  • Why it’s time for super to speak with a single voice

    There’s too many associations around, and the proposed tie-up between the AIST and ISA could bring super closer to a single voice at a time when it needs it more than ever. The problem is what that voice might say.

    Lachlan Maddock | 22nd Mar 2023 | More
    Funds back affordable housing, ‘critical’ HAFF change

    While funds have backed affordable housing as an asset class, nation-building initiatives like the Housing Australia Future Fund (HAFF) still need tweaks to create certainty for institutional investors.

    Lachlan Maddock | 17th Mar 2023 | More
  • ISA, AIST explore merger for ‘a single voice’

    The Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) is exploring a merger with Industry Super Australia as external pressure grows on industry associations and the funds they service.

    Lachlan Maddock | 27th Jan 2023 | More
    ‘Inhibitors and constraints’: Frontier’s deep dive into nation-building finds steep barriers

    As the Albanese Government looks to use super funds to kickstart Australian infrastructure growth, the number of obstacles arrayed against investing in affordable housing and venture capital might give them pause for thought.

    Lachlan Maddock | 23rd Nov 2022 | More