We’re different! We make investing with a clear conscience easier by offering a range of investment options. Our Ethical Charter steers us into parts of the economy that are good for the planet, people and animals, and away from harmful sectors. As a result, our portfolio differs significantly from the relevant benchmark on a sector-by-sector basis (as shown in the chart alongside).

We have higher allocations to healthcare, information technology and utilities, and much lower allocations to energy and materials, in comparison to ASX 200 and MSCI World index (ex Australia).

Historical returns are updated every month. Our returns are provided on an after-fee basis.

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Super performance and returns

As at 28 Feb 2021 1 month 3 month 6 month 1 year p.a. 3 year p.a. 5 year p.a. 10 year p.a. Since inception p.a.
Defensive 0.0% -0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.6% 0.9% 1.6% 2.9%
Conservative -1.9% -2.2% 0.2% 0.4% 4.1% 3.9% 3.8% 4.0%
Balanced -0.4% -0.0% 6.9% 7.0% 8.0% 8.4% 7.2% 6.4%
Growth 0.1% 0.3% 7.7% 6.5% 8.0% 8.9% 7.4% 7.6%
Australian Shares -0.2% 2.3% 19.6% 24.0% 13.8% 14.2% 11.6% 10.5%
International Shares 1.8% 1.3% 8.0% 4.8% 8.8% 9.7% 7.8% 3.0%
Advocacy 0.0% 0.3% 11.0% 8.8% 8.5% 10.0% 9.0% 8.9%


Return of capital and the performance of your investment in the fund are not guaranteed. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Total returns are calculated:

  • Using the exit price.
  • Net of administration and investment management fees, taxes and other costs.
  • The standard calculations are based on a member with an account balance of $50,000, which will not be relevant to all members.
  • The standard calculations do not allow, for example, for the effect of contributions to your account, insurance fees or various other matters.
  • Performance figures relating to unit prices between 1 July 2011 and 31 December 2016 have been restated following the remediation of a unit pricing error.

Unit prices

Fund Buy Net asset value Sell Date Past prices
Balanced (accumulation) $4.0355 $4.0335 $4.0315 03 Mar 2021 Download price history
Conservative $1.5522 $1.5514 $1.5506 03 Mar 2021 Download price history
Australian Shares $9.2270 $9.2086 $9.1902 03 Mar 2021 Download price history
International Shares $1.5184 $1.5176 $1.5168 03 Mar 2021 Download price history
Advocacy $2.5382 $2.5369 $2.5356 03 Mar 2021 Download price history
Defensive $1.8989 $1.8989 $1.8989 03 Mar 2021 Download price history
Growth $5.1017 $5.0992 $5.0966 03 Mar 2021 Download price history

When you invest in an Australian Ethical Super investment option, your money buys a number of units.

The unit price is the dollar value of each unit in the investment option on the specified date. Unit prices are calculated by dividing the net value of the investment option’s assets by the number of units issued.

Unit prices go up and down each day based on movements in the market value and as the unit prices change, so does the value of your investment. This means your super balance will be different each day.

You can change or switch your investment options at any time by logging into your account or giving us a call.

Generally, investment switch requests submitted online before 4.00pm (Sydney time) on a Business Day will be processed using that day’s unit price.  If the online investment switch is submitted after 4pm (or on a day other than a Business Day) the following Business Day’s unit price will be used. An exception to this process is if a pending transaction (such as a contribution) has been received but is yet to be processed. In this case, the pending transaction will be processed first and the investment switch will be processed within 2 business days after it was submitted online and will receive the unit price for the day it was processed, not the day it was submitted. 

What to consider before you change your investment options:

  1. Check our investment fees page before you make any changes as the investment options have different fee amounts
  2. Consider if you're comfortable with the amount of risk associated with your investment options.

It takes up to two business days to calculate the unit price. During these two days, we calculate the value of all the assets we invest in and the number of units on issue, which is affected by contributions and withdrawals.

We need these valuations to accurately calculate the unit price for any of our investment options.

To find out more on how unit prices are calculated and used, please see our legal disclaimer.

Market-leading returns

Australian Ethical Super offers 7 investment options and we’ve had some great results for 31 December 2020#.

#1 Australian Shares option ranks 1st over the 5 years, 7 years and 10 years

#2 Balanced option ranks 2nd over 1 and 3 years

#6 Growth option ranks 6th over 1 and 3 years

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#Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Ratings or investment returns are only one factor you should consider when deciding how to invest your super. Remember, superannuation is generally a long-term investment. For details on the risks and fees of investing in Australian Ethical Super, please refer to the Super Product Disclosure Statement.

SuperRatings does not issue, sell, guarantee or underwrite this product. Go to www.superratings.com.au for details of its ratings criteria. SuperRatings performance figure is net of percentage based administration and investment fees. It does not include the $97 annual fee.

Source: SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey as at 31 December 2020:

  • Australian Ethical Super’s Australian Shares option ranks no.1 over 5 years, 7 years and 10 years according to the SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey – Australian Shares Index delivering returns of 12.74% p.a, 13.86% p.a and 11.77% p.a respectively.
  • Australian Ethical Super’s Balanced option was ranked no.2 in the SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey – SR50 Balanced (60-76) Index over 1 and 3 years delivering returns of 7.98% and 8.26% respectively (5 year return is 7.89% p.a and 7 year return is 8.05% p.a).
  • Australian Ethical Growth option was ranked no.6 in the SuperRatings Fund Crediting Rate Survey – SR50 Growth (77-90) Index over 1 and 3 years delivering returns of 6.35% 8.04% respectively (5 year return is 8.21% p.a and 7 year return is 8.40% p.a).