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Super news and information to help you make financial decisions with confidence

GENERAL

29/07/2021

VISSF and Aware Super merger to go ahead

Following an extensive due diligence process and the development of detailed business cases, we are pleased to announce that VISSF and Aware Super intend to move forward with a merger. We expect this to be completed by the end of 2021.

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GENERAL

01/09/2021

Annual Performance Assessment Result for MySuper Product

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has released the results for the first Your Future, Your Super (YFYS) annual performance test and our MySuper Balanced option has failed the test for the 2020-2021 financial year.

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GENERAL

29/07/2021

VISSF & Aware Super merger announcement FAQs

After more than 60 years taking care of super and retirement savings for people working in the education industry, VISSF has agreed to merge with Aware Super.

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GENERAL

29/07/2021

Aware Super and VISSF agree to merge

Aware Super and The Victorian Independent Schools Superannuation Fund (VISSF) have today confirmed that they will proceed with their proposed merger.

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SUPER

21/04/2021

The upside of sacrifice

When you hear the word sacrifice, you may think it’s all about surrendering something of value. But it’s not all negative. Sometimes sacrificing means giving up something today to collect something better for yourself down the road.

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GENERAL

21/04/2021

Make super decisions with confidence

When it comes to building a better financial future, super is about as important as it gets. But many put managing their super in the too hard basket. If the idea of making decisions around super makes you feel confused or overwhelmed, the VISSF Advice Team can provide the reassurance you need – answering your burning questions and offering simple advice on an extensive range of topics.

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INSURANCE

21/04/2021

Has your insurance gone undercover?

When life doesn’t go to plan, insurance can provide you and loved ones with the financial cushioning needed to see everyone through. Fortunately, most Australians have some level of protection because of the default nature of insurance in super. But there’s a hitch and it could affect you.

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GENERAL

21/04/2021

Find your investment Zen

This past year we have seen global investment markets bounce around as if trapped inside a pinball machine. With the news cycle reporting stomach-churning volatility, it’s easy to believe risk lurks around every corner. That’s why it’s so important to pick an investment mix you can live with through market ups and downs.

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GENERAL

21/04/2021

You control the action

As much as we try to have everything under control, it’s natural to let some things slide. It’s easy to miss a bill deadline, accidentally skip an appointment or forget to keep an eye on your super.

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SUPER

21/04/2021

Super returns finish on a positive note

The year ending 31 January 2021 proved to be an exciting year for financial markets with the COVID-19 pandemic ending a decade-long bull market, but reversing almost as quickly as it began.

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RETIREMENT

21/04/2021

New rules for over 65s

A 1 July 2020 change in super legislation is making it easier for anyone approaching or entering retirement to contribute extra to their super.

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GENERAL

02/03/2021

With our members’ best interests at heart, we explore the benefits of a merger

After a thorough review process, we would like to announce that VISSF and Aware Super have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the benefits of a potential merger.

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GENERAL

02/03/2021

VISSF and Aware Super merger frequently asked questions

Learn more about the potential merger between the Victorian Independent Schools Superannuation Fund (VISSF) and Aware Super.

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GENERAL

02/03/2021

VISSF and Aware Super explore the benefits of a potential merger

The Victorian Independent Schools Superannuation Fund (VISSF) and Aware Super have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the benefits of a potential merger.

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COVID-19

20/10/2020

Be kind to your mind

Learn how to better understand and manage your mental health blind spots.

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GENERAL

07/10/2020

Investment strategies through thick or thin

The global pandemic is unlike anything experienced in our lifetimes. Many of us are not only grappling with health concerns, we are also understandably worried about the financial impact these events will have on our super. So, what are the tried and tested approaches that will help us get through these tough times?

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GENERAL

07/10/2020

Super scam alert

A number of people have reported scammers either calling, emailing or texting people claiming they can help arrange early access to super. Find out how to spot a scammer and prevent an attack on your super.

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SUPER

07/10/2020

How to be a super survivor

We need to talk about your super savings. Women face some genuine disadvantages as a result of the gender pay gap and the global pandemic has added some new challenges. Fortunately, there are plenty of super savings hacks you can use to help even the score and create the retirement lifestyle you deserve.

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RETIREMENT

07/10/2020

The 3 R’s: recession, retirement & resilience

With the economic downturn now a reality, many older Australians are feeling anxious about the impact the recession will have on their retirement and lifestyle plans. Here’s a quick guide to help you work through the extraordinary challenges of 2020.

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RETIREMENT

07/10/2020

Some pension positives in difficult times

The financial year to 30 June 2020 proved very eventful with a virus-induced global economic shutdown and consequential market disruptions. Despite the turmoil, there were some positive results for pension members.

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ADVICE

07/10/2020

Priceless advice, without paying a cent

We know super can be complicated. We also know you may like to ask specific questions about your personal situation. And we want to help you get the answers you need.

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ADVICE

07/10/2020

Advice, served your way

We’ve introduced a self-serve booking system so you can schedule over the phone financial advice appointments at your convenience. It’s fast, secure and free of charge so why not give it a try.

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SUPER

25/06/2020

Help your super make a comeback

How long will it take for your super to recover? Help your balance make a comeback.

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INSURANCE

10/06/2020

Insurance to prepare you for all of life’s twists and turns

Many of you already have built-in insurance with us. But here’s why you should regularly check your cover and how it’s easier than you think.

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GENERAL

12/05/2020

Investments you can feel good about

Uncertain times have made many of us consider the influence we have on the world around us. When it comes to making investment decisions, social, environmental and governance factors are being called into question.

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SUPER

06/05/2020

Double digit returns

While market conditions have changed considerably in recent months, it is important to recognise the strong results achieved during the fund year.

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COVID-19

01/04/2020

COVID-19 & Your insurance

Recent media reports have created some uncertainty around insurance cover for members in super funds. We set the record straight for VISSF members.

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COVID-19

26/03/2020

Early access to super due to COVID-19

As part of its economic response to the coronavirus, the Federal Government has recently announced a number of temporary measures to provide relief for those experiencing financial hardship.

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COVID-19

25/03/2020

FAQs about COVID-19 and access to super

On 22 March 2020, the Federal Government announced changes to help super members impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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COVID-19

19/03/2020

Your super and COVID-19

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to develop – an event no one anticipated for 2020 – we have seen heightened press coverage and significant financial market volatility. Along with health concerns, you may be worried about the potential economic impact – particularly when it comes to the effect on your super and pension balances.

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GENERAL

20/01/2020

Bushfire Support

We extend our heartfelt thoughts to those who have been impacted by the devastating bushfire crisis across Australia and thank those who continue to work tirelessly to fight fires and support affected communities.

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GENERAL

13/12/2019

As good as gold

Following a rigorous review of major funds across the country, SuperRatings announced the finalisation of its 2020 Ratings.

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SUPER

13/11/2019

Hands off our Super: Education industry fund members support SG increase to 12 per cent

New research by specialist education industry superannuation fund, VISSF, shows strong support for increasing the employer superannuation contribution to 12 per cent - even if that is delivered instead of a pay rise.

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SUPER

16/09/2019

The rules have changed

There are two types of people. The ones who regularly check in on their super to keep everything in tip top shape. Then there’s the rest of us. But if there’s one time when you should be extra vigilant, it’s right now. This is because recent super reforms have the potential to impact your retirement savings.

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SUPER

16/09/2019

Revive Your Super

For many, the only way their retirement savings will grow is through employer contributions. But there are plenty more options. Adding extra money to your super is a healthy financial habit that may give your super a boost over the long term. Below, we break down the different options and show you how to revive your super balance to fund a stress-free retirement.

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RETIREMENT

16/09/2019

Retirement Sweet Spot

As the last day of work approaches, it’s important to activate your plan for financial independence. Will you start by easing into retirement as you reduce time spent working? Or will you dive into total retirement? No matter what you decide, we can help you select a pension that makes the most of your savings. After all, even when retired, you still need your money to be working for you.

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GENERAL

22/07/2019

VISSF Super and Pension awarded AAA rating

We are delighted to announce that VISSF has received one of the most coveted ratings in super, a AAA SelectingSuper Quality Assessment for both the VISSF Accumulation and VISSF Pension products.

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SUPER

03/04/2019

Changing jobs? It’s easy to take us with you

Starting a new job is nerve-wracking and exhilarating, all at once. It represents a new chapter of your life with endless opportunities - a chance to make a positive first impression, encounter professional challenges as you grow and learn, and new people to befriend.

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SUPER

03/04/2019

Mind the gender super gap!

You’ve heard of the gender pay gap, but are you aware of the gender superannuation gap? While the national gender pay gap currently sits at 14.1%, the gender gap in retirement incomes is far worse.

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INSURANCE

03/04/2019

Is it time to insure your biggest asset?

Just like Dr. Seuss, at VISSF we believe You matter. And the people you spend time with - your family and friends, they all know how valuable You are too.

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SUPER

12/02/2019

Super in the spotlight

As the cornerstone of Australia’s retirement system, superannuation is in the constant glare of personal, government and media scrutiny.

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GENERAL

11/02/2019

Impressive services at our core

Our mission is to protect the futures of our members who support our younger generations. That’s why we strive to deliver value that goes beyond your super or pension balance.

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RETIREMENT

20/09/2018

Retirement can be full of surprises

Everybody approaches retirement differently. Many Australians intend to work until age 65, some plan to work for longer, others retire earlier. And then there’s the hybrid option - the one that can give you the best of each world.

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RETIREMENT

20/09/2018

A guide to navigating your pension online

When it comes to preparing for retirement, a little bit of help can go a long way. Even the seemingly small things like switching from a super account to a pension, and managing those accounts - it’s all new terrain to explore and conquer. To help out, we’ve put together the most common questions we get asked and paired them with practical actions you can take.

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GENERAL

16/04/2018

How to ride financial roller coasters

Financial markets go up and down. It’s a fact. You’ll never be able to entirely eliminate volatility, but you can find ways to manage the risk and perhaps even make it work in your favour.

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SUPER

16/04/2018

Look after your future self, today

The one person who holds the key to creating a comfortable retirement lifestyle for future you, is present you.

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ADVICE

16/04/2018

Plan for your biggest holiday

Why is it that people spend so much time arranging a short two week getaway but put very little effort into planning the biggest holiday of their life - retirement?

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INSURANCE

29/03/2018

Insurance in Superannuation Voluntary Code of Practice

VISSF supports the Insurance in Superannuation Voluntary Code of Practice in principle. We are undertaking a full review of the Code to ascertain the implications and associated costs.

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Retirement

08/09/2017

Can you still have your cake and eat it too?

For most, super is one of the central pieces to consider when preparing for retirement. With changes to transition to retirement (TTR) regulations implemented on 1 July 2017, those who have retired or nearing retirement should be carefully examining their strategy to ensure it continues to meet their needs.

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INSURANCE

08/09/2017

You can stand under our umbrella

We’ve made changes to the way you can access and manage your insurance cover because every member should have access to resources that support them in making informed decisions when it comes to insuring themselves.

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Retirement

25/08/2017

Introducing Pension Join Online

As you start to wind down from work and think more about your retirement, you’ll also be considering your income options. That’s where Pension Join Online can help bridge the gap between your super and retirement phases.

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Super

12/04/2017

Simplifying super one step at a time

Nothing says simple like a numbered to-do list. With a little help from your friends (that’s us), you can save time, money and undue stress. All you need to do is read through the steps and tick them off one-by-one. Now, that’s satisfaction.

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Advice

09/09/2016

You’re not alone

Making choices about your financial future can be a complicated process. Sometimes it can seem like a course of study is required just to understand your basic options.

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Super

05/05/2016

Salary sacrifice vs. after-tax contributions

Deciding how to make contributions to super can be difficult. Read our article and download our Fact Sheet PDF to examine the benefits and limitations of salary sacrifice versus after-tax contributions to help you determine the best option for you.

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Retirement

07/04/2016

Ease yourself into retirement

Did you know you can access an income from your superannuation before you stop working with a transition to retirement strategy? Read our article and download our fact sheet to find out how.

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General

21/09/2015

Meet some of our team

Rachel Richardson joined VISSF in April 2014, contributing her wealth of 14 years marketing experience in the financial services industry.

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Retirement

21/09/2015

Making super go the distance

If you’ve got a mortgage, you’ll be enjoying Australia’s current low interest rate climate. But if you’re investing outside bricks and mortar, your investment returns may feel the pinch of lower medium to long term rates.

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Super

04/05/2015

Super or the house?

Got extra cash? Should you put it into super, or pay off the mortgage on your house? As usual, the best alternative will depend on your situation.

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General

07/04/2015

The secret to making good decisions

Whether in our relationships, careers or investments, knowing how to make good decisions is a skill that can be learned – if we choose to recognise both our emotional and rational minds.

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