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SUP E R ANNUATION West State Super Product Information Booklet Contents This Product Information Booklet (PIB) outlines the main features and benefits of West State Super and how your account 1. About
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SUP E R ANNUATION West State Super Product Information Booklet Contents This Product Information Booklet (PIB) outlines the main features and benefits of West State Super and how your account 1. About West State Super 2 works. It is a summary of significant information and contains a 2. How super works 2 number of references to important additional documents (each 3. Benefits of investing with West State Super 2 of which forms part of this PIB) that you should read in order to 4. Risks of super 3 understand how West State Super operates. 5. How we invest your money 4 This icon will direct you to additional information you may find useful. 6. Fees and costs 4 This icon identifies important additional information which 7. How West State Super is taxed 6 forms part of this PIB. It is important that you read and 8. Insurance in your super 7 consider all the information relating to West State Super 9. How to open an account 8 before making any decisions about the product. 10. Complaints process Privacy 8 ISSUE DATE: 1 July 2015 PREPARATION DATE: 26 June 2015 Important note This West State Super Product Information Booklet (PIB) is issued by the Government Employees Superannuation Board (GESB), ABN , which manages the West State Super scheme. West State Super is part of the Government Employees Superannuation Fund (GES Fund). This PIB summarises important information and contains references to other important documents that relate to West State Super. This PIB summarises the benefits, options and features that are available in West State Super, including investment choice and insurance cover. You should read this PIB (and the additional documents referred to within this PIB) before you make a decision to invest in West State Super. The material in this PIB may change between the time when you read this statement and the day you apply to join or when your West State Super account was automatically opened for you. The information contained in this PIB is of a general nature only and does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. You are encouraged to seek advice specific to your personal circumstances from a qualified financial adviser before making any decision to invest in West State Super. GESB employees and directors receive salaries and/or benefits from GESB. No investment managers of the investment plans are responsible for any statements or representations made in this PIB, unless expressly stated otherwise. GESB does not guarantee the performance of the GES Fund, the investment plans or any particular rate of return. The repayment of capital is not guaranteed. The information in this PIB is up-to-date as at 1 July 2015 but may change from time to time. Visit our website at gesb.com.au or call your Member Services Centre on to obtain any minor updates to the information printed in this PIB. GESB will issue a replacement PIB if there is any materially adverse omissions or changes to the information in this PIB. If you require a printed copy of any updated information this will be provided to you free of charge. All fees and costs reflected within this PIB are expressed to be inclusive of the goods and services tax. Government Employees Superannuation Board ABN 1. About West State Super GESB is the largest Western Australian based superannuation (super) provider with $21 billion in Funds under Management (as at 30 June 2015) and administers the super and retirement savings of current and former WA public sector workers. We ve been helping members for over 75 years; offering super and retirement products, insurance, and easy access to financial information and educational resources. West State Super is a market linked, untaxed accumulation super scheme. Accumulation means your account balance builds up over time from your state government employer contributions, your own personal contributions and any super that you roll over from other funds, as well as from any investment earnings (which may be positive or negative) on these contributions The untaxed nature of the scheme means that, unlike most other Australian super funds, tax is not paid on any contributions or on investment earnings that your super account receives while it accumulates It is perhaps more helpful to call it deferred tax because tax is payable on your benefit when it is paid to you. If you work within the WA public sector and started your job before 16 April 2007, you would have automatically become a member of West State Super (unless you already held a Gold State Super or Public Sector Pension membership), which was the default scheme until that date. Since then it has been closed to new members subject to certain exceptions (refer to section 9). On 30 March 2012, choice of superannuation fund legislation (choice) was introduced. This allows employees, with some exceptions, to choose a complying super fund into which their employer Superannuation Guarantee (SG) contributions can be paid. Employer contributions can only be accepted into West State Super from WA public sector employers. For more information on how the West State Super scheme performed in the last financial year, see the relevant Annual fund update available at Members can also view the investment performance for West State Super via the Product Dashboard at Members can view details of Board and executive remuneration at gesb.com.au. 2. How super works About super Super is designed to help you save for your retirement. Different types of contributions can be paid into your super, for example: compulsory employer SG contributions, additional contributions your employer may make additional contributions you choose to make and government co-contributions. They are all designed to increase your final benefit in retirement. To encourage Australians to save for their retirement, the government provides a range of tax concessions and other benefits for contributing to your super. Depending upon your personal circumstances there can be significant tax advantages with using super to save for retirement. See section 7, How West State Super is taxed, for more information. For more information on how super works, visit Contributions Generally, an employer is required to make compulsory SG contributions for its employees into a super fund. Most people have the right to choose which fund their employer should direct their SG contributions into. 2 Unless you have asked your WA public sector employer to pay your SG contributions to another complying fund, your employer will automatically make these contributions to your West State Super account. You can make additional voluntary contributions to your West State Super account by: Asking your employer to deduct extra money from your pay before tax is taken out and to pay this into your West State Super account (called concessional or before-tax or salary sacrifice contributions) Asking your employer to deduct extra money from your pay after tax is taken out and to pay this into your West State Super account (called after-tax or non-concessional contributions) Putting any money you have saved or lump-sum amounts like inheritance, lotto winnings or proceeds of an asset sale into your West State Super account (also called after-tax or non-concessional contributions) Transferring super you have in other super funds into your West State Super account (called a rollover) There are limits to the amount of contributions you can make to your super. However if you are a West State Super member, employer contributions (including salary sacrifice) and personal deductible contributions made to your West State Super account are not considered to be concessional contributions, as they are in most other Australian super funds. Therefore, they do not count towards your concessional contributions cap. This is because West State Super is an untaxed scheme. Non-concessional contributions made to your West State Super account are counted towards your non-concessional contributions cap. If you exceed your non-concessional contributions cap you may have to pay additional tax. You should read the important information about contributing to your super in the Contributing to your super brochure before making a decision. This is available at The material relating to Contributing to your super may change between the time when you read this PIB and the day when you acquire the product. Withdrawals Super s main focus is on saving for retirement, so there are rules for when you can withdraw your super. For most members, you will be able to access your super (as a lump sum or as an income stream) once you have reached Commonwealth preservation age and permanently retire. Your Commonwealth preservation age is dependent on your date of birth. You are able to access your full retirement benefit once you reach age 65, regardless of your working status. You should read the important information about accessing your super benefits in the Accessing your super brochure before making a decision. This is available at The material relating to the Accessing your super brochure may change between the time when you read this PIB and the day when you acquire the product. Unclaimed super The WA State Government recently passed legislation that requires GESB to transfer lost or unclaimed super monies to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). For more information, please visit 3. Benefits of investing with West State Super Experience GESB has over 75 years experience, managing over $21 billion in Funds under Management and administering the super and retirement savings of over 331,000 current and former public sector employees. Below-median * fees As a not-for-profit member-focussed organisation, GESB offers value for money products and services. Our fees are below the industry median*. Automatic insurance cover Providing you meet certain criteria, you are automatically covered for Death, Total & Permanent Disablement (TPD) and Salary Continuance Insurance (SCI), without the need for a medical examination. See section 7, Insurance in your super for more information. Additional services for members GESB offers a number of trusted # services through a range of channels so members can make informed decisions about how to manage their super. Your Member Services Centre is located right here in WA and can be contacted on Monday to Friday, 7.30am 5.30pm (WST). We offer members access to educational tools through the Learning Centre at gesb.com.au, as well as member seminars in metro and regional WA. We also offer secure access to your account through Member Online as well as a range of online resources such as brochures, fact sheets, calculators and webinars. If you d like to understand more about your investment options or the different ways you can contribute to your super, we offer our Simple Advice service. These phone appointments take around minutes and can provide you with straightforward recommendations to help you get the most out of your West State Super account. Fees may apply. For more information on fees, see section 6, Fees and costs. You can easily switch investment plans as your circumstances change, at no extra cost. See the Investment choice brochure at Retirement options GESB offers a Retirement Options Service if you are planning for or nearing retirement, or even if you have already retired. You can book a face-to-face appointment with one of our experienced consultants who know and understand GESB s unique schemes. Visit to find out more. Fees may apply. For more information on fees, see section 6, Fees and costs. 4. Risks of super All investments have some level of risk. Super funds invest in a range of asset classes, including Cash, Fixed Interest, Property and Shares, with each of the asset classes having different levels of risk. Different weightings of these asset classes make up the various investment plans available in a diversified super fund. West State Super offers a choice of investment plans. The investment plan you choose will change in value over time and will perform differently at different times due to various factors. The likely range of investment returns, and the risk of negative investment returns, is different for each investment plan depending on the underlying mix of assets. When choosing an investment plan, you should consider that past investment returns are not a reliable indicator of future performance. You should read the important information about the risks of investing in super in the Investment choice brochure, available at before making a decision. The material relating to the risks of super may change between the time you read this PIB and the day you acquire the product. The following risks are significant in terms of investing in West State Super. Market risk The risk of changes in economic, technical, political, legal or other factors impacting the financial markets and in turn the investment value of your account. Inflation risk The risk that your investment returns are below the inflation rate and therefore your buying power is reduced. Currency risk The risk that the values of foreign currencies rise or fall relative to the Australian dollar and affect the value of your investments. Interest rate risk The risk that changes in interest rates impact directly or indirectly on the value of your investments. Credit risk The risk that a borrower fails, or is perceived to have an increased risk of failing, to repay its debts. This can reduce the value of the securities issues by that borrower. Liquidity risk The risk of not being able to readily convert an investment into cash with little or no loss of capital and minimum delay. Counterparty risk The risk that a party to a contract fails to fulfil its contractual obligations, which can affect the realised value of the assets to which that contract relates. Sequencing Risk The risk of receiving low or negative returns at a time when withdrawals are made from your super. Longevity Risk The risk of the value of your super and other assets being insufficient to provide adequately for the duration of your retirement. General risks of super In addition to the risks already listed, when considering your investment in super more generally, it is important to understand that: The value of investment plans will go up and down Returns are not guaranteed and there is a risk you may lose some of your money, even in more conservative investment plans Those assets with the potential for achieving the highest return over the long term (such as Shares) may also have the highest risk of losing money in the short-to-medium term The level of returns will vary from year to year Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance The amount of your super savings (including contributions and returns) may not be enough to provide adequately for your retirement Super is a long-term investment and may only be accessed when you meet a condition of release Laws affecting super may change The appropriate level of risk for you will depend on many things, including: your age, investment timeframe, other assets outside super and how they are invested, and how comfortable you are with the possibility of losing some of your investment in some years. We recommend that you talk to a financial adviser before deciding which investment plan best suits you. Our risk profile calculator at can help you choose a plan that suits you. * SuperRatings Smart database as at 31 March # Painted Dog Member Services Satisfaction Research 2014/15, Investment Trends Member Sentiment and Communications Research 5. How we invest your money Strategic Asset Allocation approved 17 June 2015 Target allocation Allowable range International Shares 30% 18% - 42% West State Super offers you the choice of a number of investment plans. When making a choice about the investment plan that best suits you, you should consider your age, investment timeframe, and financial objectives, as well as the likely investment return and risk of the relevant investment plan(s). There are four Readymade plans: Readymade plans Investment plan Growth Balanced Conservative Cash Expected risk/return profiles High risk and return Medium to high risk and medium return Low to medium risk and low return Very low risk and low return A further five MY plan options allow you to select your own mix of asset classes: MY plans Investment plan International Shares Australian Shares Property Fixed Interest^ Cash Expected risk/return profiles High risk and return Very high risk and high return Very high risk and high return Medium risk and low return Very low risk and low return While it is important that you consider the right plan for you, if you don t make a choice, your super will go into the Balanced plan. If you wish you can choose to change your investment plan at a later date. Visit for detailed information on all West State Super investment plans. Some details regarding the Balanced plan are highlighted below. Balanced plan Investment timeframe 7 years Investment return objective* Summary of risk level Who might choose it Growth/Defensive split# CPI + 3.0% pa over rolling 7 year periods Medium to high risk The estimated number of negative annual returns over any 20 year period is to be less than 4 People who can accept a moderate level of fluctuation in investment returns from year to year, for an increased likelihood of moderate to strong earnings 65/35 Australian Shares 16% 4% - 28% Private Equity 4% 0% - 8% Property 7% 1% - 13% Infrastructure 2% 0% - 5% Medium Risk Alternatives 6% 0% - 18% Investment Grade Bonds 22% 10% - 34% Defensive Alternatives 8% 0% - 20% Cash 5% 0% - 35% You should read the important information on our other investment plans and environment, social and governance policies and procedures in the Investment choice brochure before making a decision. The brochure is available at The material relating to investment plans may change between the time when you read this PIB and the day when you acquire the product. There is no fee for switching between investment plans. You can transfer your money into other investment plans in one of two ways: 1. Visit our website and register for Member Online. Once registered, you can change your investment plan online, or 2. Download a copy of the Investment choice form available at and lodge it with us We may change the number of plans or types of investments included in each investment plan at any time. We will tell you as soon as practicable if we do this. 6. Fees and costs Did you know? Small differences in both investment performance and fees and costs can have a substantial impact on your long-term returns. For example, total annual fees and costs of 2% of your account balance rather than 1% could reduce your final return by up to 20% over a 30-year period (for example, reduce it from $100,000 to $80,000). You should consider whether features such as superior investment performance or the provision of better member services justify higher fees and costs. Your employer may be able to negotiate to pay lower administration fees. Ask the fund or your financial adviser. To find out more: If you would like to find out more, or see the impact of the fees based on your own circumstances, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) website at has a superannuation fee calculator to help you check out different fee options. ^ MY plan Fixed Interest invests in Investment Grade Bonds. * The investment return objective is the investment return this plan will seek to achieve after fees. The investment return objective is made with reference to an amount above the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI is a measure of the rate of inflation. For example, if over the applicable time period the objective for an investment plan is CPI +3.0% pa and the CPI increase is 2.5% pa then the investment return objective would be 5.5% pa. Consumer Price Index. # The G
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