Summary of changes

Notice dateEffective dateNature of the event or changeImpact of change

May 2023

1 July 2023

Changes to administration fees

Equip accumulation products / defined benefit products - administration fee reduction: The asset- based administration fee charged on account balances (and voluntary additional accumulation account balances for defined benefit members) will reduce to 0.22% pa from 0.25% pa. As a result, the maximum asset-based administration fee charged will reduce from $1,250 to $1,100 pa.

For members in the BOC and Elgas plans, there is no change to the asset-based fees, but the maximum asset-based administration fee charged will reduce from $1,250 to $1,100 pa.

May 2023

1 July 2023

Changes to administration fees

Dow and Pitcher Partners corporate plans: The time-limited, reduced asset-based administration fee charged on account balances will end; it will increase to 0.22% pa. As a result, the asset-based administration fee, charged on balances up to $500,000, will increase to a maximum of $1,100 pa.

May 2023

1 July 2023

Changes to investment options

Equip accumulation / pension / defined benefit products

New investment option: A new low-cost, indexed option is added to the investment menu – Index Diversified. This option allocates money to a broad range of listed assets, with 70% of growth assets, and 30% of defensive assets.

Investment option changes: A number of investment options are changing names and asset allocations.

  • Equip MySuper renamed to MySuper: no changes to the asset allocation (Accumulation products only).
  • Conservative renamed to Capital Stable: adoption of a more aggressive asset allocation of 35% growth / 65% defensive assets from 30% / 70%.
  • Fixed Interest renamed to Diversified Fixed Interest: 100% allocation to traditional fixed interest assets, from the previous split of 30% in alternative fixed interest and 70% in traditional fixed interest.

Replacement of the Sustainable Responsible Investment (SRI) option: SRI will be replaced by the new Future Focus option, which is a broadly diversified option. This option invests mainly in growth assets (i.e. shares, property and infrastructure), with the balance invested in more stable assets like fixed interest and other defensive assets. Some consideration is given to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors when investing.

May 2023

1 July 2023

Changes to the TPD definition and/or TPD premiums

Equip accumulation / defined benefit products: For most plans, the TPD definition is changed to simplify and broaden the eligibility for an insured TPD benefit. With these changes, there’s a 5% increase of the cost of TPD cover, across all age groups, in all products (BOC excepted).

May 2023

1 July 2023

New product name

Equip pension products: The pension products will be known as Equip Super Retirement Income (previously Account Based Pension) and Equip Super Transition to Retirement Income (previously Transition to Retirement Pension).

May 2023

1 July 2023

Changes to MyPension rebalancing

Members in the Equip Super MyPension default strategy: From 1 July 2023, the MyPension investment strategy will be rebalanced twice a year, in April (using the unit prices as at 31 March) and October (using the unit prices as at 30 September).

Notice dateEffective dateNature of the event or changeImpact of change

December 2022

16 December 2022

Update to the trust deed

In response to a change in the laws that govern super funds, Equip’s Trust Deed has been changed to include a right for the Trustee of the Fund to be paid a limited Trustee Fee. This Trustee Fee is not an additional fee charged to members, and it is paid from Equip’s Administration Reserve to allow for certain costs incurred in its role as Trustee of Equip.

May 2022

1 July 2022

Insurance changes for Equip plans

Change of insurance provider: Consolidation of several insurance providers into one (MetLife).

Policy changes: Changes to terms and conditions comprise of additional benefit exclusions (illness or injury suffered due to unlawful participation in terrorism or resulting from illegal or criminal acts), as well as a number of enhancements, such as better provisions for cover reinstatement, an increase in maximum TPD cover members can have in the fund, access to a 5-year IP benefit period and more.

Insurance premiums: Premiums increase for Equip Corporate - BOC, and decrease for corporate plan Equip Corporate – Rio Tinto, QAL, Yancoal, Glencore, Kestrel.

May 2022

1 July 2022

Changes to administration fees

Equip Account Based Pension administration fee reduction: The weekly fee reduces to $1.95 per week (from $2.50 per week); the asset-based fee decreases from 0.25% to 0.20% pa (with a new maximum charge of $1,000).

Low-balance accounts: We are removing the $3,000 balance threshold, under which we previously did not charge the weekly administration fee; legislated 3% fee cap applies for accounts of $6,000 or less, with a refund of excess fees paid at year end or upon exit if applicable.

April 2022

1 June 2022

Investment option closure

The Property investment option is closed for all members from 6 June 2022, with balances transferred to Equip MySuper.

Notice dateEffective dateNature of the event or changeImpact of change

November 2021

1 November 2021

Administration fee reduction for a group of corporate members

Corporate plan – Elgas (accumulation and defined benefit) members receive a reduction of their asset- based fee, which decreases from 0.25% to 0.15%.

August 2021

September 2021

Cessation of defined benefit for group of corporate members

With their employer selling part of its business to another entity, a subset of IBM IIA members is no longer eligible to remain in the employer’s DB plan. Members can either transfer a lump sum of their full benefit into accumulation phase or defer part of their benefit to take up a lifetime pension at a later date (if not already eligible).

July 2021

August 2021

Cessation of defined benefit for group of corporate members

With their employer selling part of its business to another entity, a subset of Fletcher Rocla members is no longer eligible to remain in the employer’s DB plan. Member leaving service benefits are calculated on 31 August 2021 and, after 35 days, transferred into the Cash investment option in Equip MyFuture, unless we receive other instructions.

May 2021

1 July 2021

Changes to investment classifications

We changed how we classify certain alternative and fixed interest assets.

Updated May 2023

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