Women in Super ramps up "Make Super Fair" campaign

Women in Super (WIS) caps the year with a new video campaign addressing gender inequality in super.

Speaking at the member luncheon last week, NSW state chair Lata McNulty gave an update on WIS activities in recent months, including the 'Make Super Fair' campaign, which was first launched more than a year ago.

"Women currently retire with 47% less super than men and something must be done to change this," said McNulty.

"The Opposition Leader's announcement last month to support three (marked in asterisk below) of our five-point Make Super Fair Campaign is encouraging and affirms that change is possible," she said.

The five-point plan includes:

  • Additional annual $1,000 government contribution into super for low income earners, to better support those with inadequate retirement savings
  • No further delay to scheduled superannuation guarantee (SG) increases*
  • Pay SG on the government paid parental scheme*
  • Remove the $450 monthly income threshold on SG contributions*
  • Require Government to undertake and publish a gender impact statement for any changes to age pension or retirement income policy; ongoing tracking by WGEA of women's retirement gap.
Women in Super is a national advocacy and networking group with a mission to improve women's retirement outcomes. From its humble beginnings back in 1994, it has now grown into a 3,000-plus network with state-based and national programs. WIS is behind the successful Mother's Day Classic fundraiser, which raised more than $35 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation since 1998.

This year WIS added 'mental health in the workplace' to its advocacy, inviting Lucy Brogden, chair and commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission, to its national roadshow.

Professional development is another member benefit. The group has awarded scholarship programs with the support of the Australian Graduation School of Management (AGSM) in the past four years.

"In 2019, this will expand to additional training programs run specifically [by AGSM] for our members," McNulty said.

The Christmas luncheon held at the Hyatt in Sydney last week pulled a record crowd of more than 500 attendees. The guest speaker was Anna Meares, an Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist who also has the coveted title of being the most decorated female track cyclist of all time.

The group's next major event is the International Women's Day luncheon in March with special guest Tracy Spicer, media celebrity and author of 'Good Girl Stripped Bare'.

Read more: Women in SuperMake Super FairBreast Cancer FoundationLata McNultyLucy BrogdenMother's Day ClassicNational Mental Health Commission
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