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Home Significant Event Notice - September 2020

Significant Event Notice - September 2020

From 1 November 2020, we’re making some important changes to your legalsuper account. 

Since 1989, legalsuper has been committed to supporting Australia’s legal community. Our core focus is to optimise outcomes for our members and continue providing competitive fees, insurance and investment performance.

Changes to investments and the administration fee rebate threshold

Significant Event Notice (SEN) - issued 15 September 2020

This SEN is also available in your MemberAccess account. login to view at any time. 

Changes to Investments

The changes to investments are changes in risk profile and risk level for the Balanced index investment option, changes in return objectives for the Balanced Socially responsible and Balanced index investment options, change of investment manager for the Balanced Socially responsible option and asset allocation changes for some investment options. Read more detail below.


Administration fee rebate threshold increase

Administration fees for balances which exceed an average of $350,000 and higher in a financial year are capped. The $350,000 threshold has not been indexed since 2009 and will increase to $450,000. Read more below.


Changes to Investments

Risk Profile Changes

The ASFA Standard Risk Measure for the Balanced index investment option has been adjusted




Risk Profile (likelihood of producing a negative return every 20 years)Risk Profile (likelihood of producing a negative return every 20 years)Risk levelRisk level
Investment optionUntil 31/10/20 (years)From 1/11/20 (years)Until 31/10/20From 1/11/20
Balanced index (accumulation)

3 - 4 in every 20 years


4-6 in every 20 years
5: Medium to High

6: High
Balanced index (pension)

3 - 4 in every 20 years


4-6 in every 20 years5: Medium to High6: High

Change of manager for the Balanced Socially responsible investment option

The investment manager for the Balanced Socially responsible option has changed from AMP Capital to Pendal Group. 

The Balanced Socially responsible option was until recently invested in AMP Capital's AMP Capital Ethical Leaders Balanced Fund. Due to concerns with investment performance and recent reports about culture at AMP, legalsuper has terminated AMP Capital and transferred the investment into the Pendal Group's Sustainable Balanced Fund. 

As a result of this change, there has been a corresponding change in both the return objective and the strategic asset allocation for this option. 

Return objective changes

 Effective 1 November 2020, the return objectives of the following investment options have been updated.

Return objective (pa, over rolling 10-year periods) net of all fees and taxes except the weekly $1.30 administration fee.

Investment OptionUntil 31/10/20From 1/11/20
Balanced Socially responsible (accumulation)CPI + 3.5%CPI + 3.0%
Balanced index (accumulation)CPI + 2.8%CPI + 3.0%
Balanced index (pension)CPI + 3.3%CPI + 3.5%

Asset allocation changes

Effective 1 November 2020 

Asset allocation is the combination of different asset categories or classes, such as Australian shares, overseas shares, fixed interest and cash. The investment return and risk of an investment option are largely determined by its asset allocation. The following changes will be made to each option: 

  • Strategic asset allocation changes in line with current portfolio strategy; 
  • The permitted ranges for some asset classes have also been adjusted.

Details for each investment option are below:

MySuper balanced & balanced


Asset ClassAsset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20Asset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20
Australian Shares27%27%20% - 50%10% - 40%
International Shares27%27%10% - 40%10% - 40%
Alternatives20%20%10% - 30%10% - 30%
Property12%12%0% - 25%0% - 25%
Fixed Interest12%11%0% - 20%0% - 20%
Enhanced Cash2%0%0% - 30%0%
Cash0%3%0%0% - 20%

Growth

Asset ClassAsset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20Asset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20
Australian Shares34%34%20% - 50%10% - 50%
International Shares34%34%20% - 50%20% - 50%
Alternatives12%12%0% - 20%0% - 20%
Property10%10%0% - 20%0% - 20%
Fixed Interest7%7%0% - 20%0% - 20%
Enhanced Cash3%0%0% - 20%0%
Cash0%3%0%0% - 20%

High growth

Asset ClassAsset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20Asset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20
Australian Shares42%40.5%30% - 60%20% - 50%
International Shares42%40.5%20% - 50%20% - 50%
Alternatives10%10%0% - 20%0% - 20%
Property6%6%0% - 20%0% - 20%
Cash0%3%0%0% - 20%

Balanced Socially responsible

Asset ClassAsset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20Asset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20
Australian Shares25%29.1%15% - 40%10% - 40%
International Shares33%29.1%15% - 40%10% - 40%
Alternatives6%14.5%0%-13%0% - 20%
Property9%3.9%0% - 20%0% - 20%
Fixed Interest25%12.6%0 % - 45%0% – 50%
Cash2%10.8%0% - 20%0% - 20%

Balanced index

Asset ClassAsset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20Asset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20
Australian Shares35%34%20% - 45%10% - 45%
International Shares25%24%10% - 45%10% - 45%
Property10%10%0% - 20%0% - 20%
Fixed Interest25%24%0% – 50%0% – 50%
Enhanced Cash5%0%10% - 50%0%
Cash0%8%0%0% - 20%

Enhanced cash


Asset ClassAsset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20Asset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20
Enhanced Cash100%97%0% - 100%0% - 100%
Cash0%3%0%0% - 20%

Australian shares

Asset ClassAsset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20Asset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20
Australian Shares100%97%0% - 100%0% - 100%
Cash0%3%0%0% - 20%

Overseas shares

Asset ClassAsset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20Asset allocation up to 31/10/20Asset allocation from 1/11/20
International Shares100%97%0% - 100%0% - 100%
Cash0%3%0%0% - 20%

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some of the more commonly asked questions on our FAQ's page

Changes to the Administration fee rebate threshold

Increase to the Administration fee rebate threshold

In July 2009, legalsuper introduced an 'Administration fee rebate' such that administration fees charged by legalsuper were capped for average account balances in excess of $350,000.

 The threshold from which the rebate applied has not changed since its introduction in 2009. 

If your average account balance* at the end of a financial year exceeds $350,000 during the entire financial year, legalsuper caps the total combined amount of administration fees (including the DIO Asset fee, if applicable) and DIO account fee (if applicable) so that you are only charged administration fees up to that $350,000 average.

 Where the fee cap applies, any excess fees will be rebated effective 1 July of the next financial year and the rebate will be shown on your next annual statement. 

If you exit legalsuper after 30 June, but before the fee cap is applied, you will receive the fee cap rebate as an additional payment. 

Changes effective 1 November 2020 

  1. The 'Administration fee rebate threshold' will increase to $450,000.
    This means that, for the 2020/21 financial year, the 'Administration fee rebate threshold' will be $350,000 up to 31 October 2020 and then $450,000 from 1 November 2020. 2. 
  2. The 'Administration fee rebate threshold' will be indexed annually
    From 1 July 2021 in accordance with the 'All Groups Consumer Price Index (CPI)'. The table below shows the treatment for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial years:
Financial YearAdministration fee rebate threshold
1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021$350,000 to 31 October 2020 (123 days) and then
$450,000 to 30 June 2021 (242 days)
i.e.
= ($350,000 x 123/365) + ($450,000 x 242/365)
= $416,301.37
1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022$450,000 indexed in accordance with the annual movement of the All Groups CPI between 30 June 2020 to 30 June 2021.

*The fee cap does not apply if your account with legalsuper is closed on or before 30 June during that financial year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some of the more commonly asked questions on our FAQ's page



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This information is of a general nature and does not take into account your specific needs. You should consider your own financial position, objectives and requirements before making any decision. You should also obtain and read the legalsuper Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before making any decision in relation to legalsuper. Past performance is not necessarily an indicator of future performance. Issued by Legal Super Pty Ltd, Level 37, 140 William Street, Melbourne, 3000 ABN 37 004 455 789 AFSL 246315 as the Trustee for legalsuper ABN 60 346 078 879.

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We can meet with you to discuss these changes. As a legalsuper member, you have access to experienced and qualified Client Service Managers. To arrange an appointment via Zoom or phone, send us a message and we'll contact you.