The merger will create the largest superannuation fund in Australia with $125.6bn funds under management


Sunsuper confirms merger talks with QSuper. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel from Pixabay.

Sunsuper has confirmed media reports that it is mulling the prospects of a merger with another Australian superannuation fund QSuper.

The potential merger will create the largest superannuation fund in Australia, with combined assets of AUD182bn ($125.6bn), reported The Sydney Morning Herald. QSuper has nearly AUD113bn ($77.98bn) in funds under management as of 30 June 2019, while Sunsuper has close to AUD69bn ($47.62bn), as of July 2019.

Details of Sunsuper superannuation fund

Sunsuper is a profit-for-members fund which serves 1.4 million members. The fund does not have any shareholders to pay and is said to return profits to members by means of low administration fees, product innovation and improved services.

Furthermore, the fund claims to help more than 100,000 Australian businesses in managing their employees’ retirement savings by offering a variety of products and services.

Details of QSuper superannuation fund

QSuper is the State Public Sector Superannuation Scheme in Queensland, which was established through an Act of Parliament in 1912. It has been the superannuation fund for all the current and former Queensland public sector employees and their spouses.

Sunsuper said that it is not unusual that it keeps exploring opportunities with other superannuation funds to strike a partnership to benefit its members. The public offer industry superannuation fund said that it has entered into very early, discussions with QSuper about a potential alliance.

Sunsuper, in a statement, said: “Whether the conversation with QSuper proceeds beyond preliminary discussions is dependent on many factors. This would include the capacity of the partnership to generate greater economies of scale that would ultimately create better value for you, our members, in the form of enhanced products and services and more competitive fees.”

The superannuation fund further said that while the discussions are in progress, business will be as usual.

The fund stated: “As a profit-for-members fund, we have an obligation to always act in your best interests and we see it as a privilege to serve the 1.4 million Australians, like you, who trust us with their super savings. We will keep you informed of any material decisions that may impact you as a result of these discussions.”