ISA outs underperforming industry funds

Industry Super Australia (ISA) has named industry superannuation funds which it believes are underperforming but has noted that they are not members of ISA.

Giving evidence before the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, ISA deputy chief executive, Matthew Linden, named Nationwide Super as well as Concept One and Combined Super Fund as being amongst industry funds which had underperformed.

He also made clear that membership of ISA was not open to all industry funds.

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Citing Nationwide Super, Linden said that it was a fund which called itself an industry fund which had consistently underperformed.

“In fact, I'm pretty sure that particular fund doesn't necessarily have employer and union sponsors like many other industry funds, but it calls itself an industry fund,” Linden said. “There are a range of others which have since merged. One was Concept One, which I'm aware of. There is another one called Combined Super fund. Many of these, even since this data was published, have merged or wound up.”

Asked whether ISA approach non-member industry funds to become members, ISA chief executive, Bernie Dean, responded: “We don’t”.

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