International Women’s Day is an important event on the yearly calendar. First celebrated in 1911, it’s a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and a day marking a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

This year’s theme is #EachforEqual, which relates to the notion of ‘collective individualism’.

As the committee behind International Women’s Day explains, “We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.”

This year, we’re celebrating the contributions of the women in the Qantas Super team and the impact their work has on our members, as well as the most important thing they have each done to take control of their super.

Carly (Investments team)

I love working in super because it gives me great satisfaction being in a role where I can make a small difference in someone else’s life.

The most important thing I’ve done to take control of my super is understand my insurance and the differences between each option, and what would happen to my family in the event of an accident.

Diana (Advice team)

I love working in super because I believe small changes today can greatly impact our outcomes tomorrow, in anything we do. Super is a big part of our financial future and I enjoy helping people plan ahead to get ahead.

The most important thing I’ve done to take control of my super is salary sacrifice.

Emma (Member Experience team)

I love working in super because we help make a difference in people’s lives every day.

The most important thing I’ve done to take control of my super is annually review how much I have in super compared to my other assets and work out where best to put my savings for the coming year.

Josephine (Advice team)

I love working in super because it allows me to educate and help others by sharing my knowledge of this rapidly changing environment we call super!

The most important thing I’ve done to take control of my super is ensure I have adequate insurance cover in place to protect me financially in unforeseen medical emergencies.

Kristine (Operations team)

I love working in super because I can help make that little bit of a difference to people’s lives in retirement, even if it’s as small a thing as getting them to think about their super once in their working life.

The most important thing I’ve done to take control of my super was starting to put in extra money into my super before I turned 30. It’s made a huge difference to what I have today.

Simone (Advice team)

I love working in super because I love talking to members about their plans and what they can do to improve.

The most important thing I’ve done to take control of my super is contribute extra to my super, and look at it regularly.

Suzette (Risk and Compliance team)

I love working in super because I get to see how it can make a huge and positive difference to our members’ financial wellbeing. While super can seem boring, complex and way off, it’s our role to help take away these stigmas and take away the complexity. It’s great to be able to engage with our members and provide the right tools and guidance to ensure they maximise their super.

The most important thing I’ve done to take control of my super is check in on my balance regularly and top it up with small amounts where I can. It’s often hard to think about the long-term future when today, tomorrow and this year may present plenty of their own challenges, but the nature of long-term savings, such as super, is that the earlier you take small steps, the easier it is down the track. This provides a longer period of time for your money to grow.

Celeste (Office of the CEO)

I love working in super because everyone at Qantas Super is so passionate about helping the members. From the Member Experience team to the Investments team to the Finance team, they all think about how to benefit the member.

The most important thing I did to take control of my super was start voluntary contributions into my super from my very first job. When I first started doing it, I didn’t think anything of it, but 25 years later it has made a pretty big difference when I compare my super to my partner’s.

Sara (Finance team)

I love working in super because, prior to working at Qantas Super, I was guilty of paying very little attention to my super account and investments. However, since joining I’ve learned a lot from my team on what resources are out there to help me better prepare for my retirement, as well as things to be more conscious of, such as the fees and premiums I’ve been paying.

The most important thing I’ve done to take control of my super is consolidate the various super accounts I’ve accumulated over the years to ensure my investments are not eaten by fees! Educating yourself on the pros and cons of different super funds and their benefits is also crucial in planning for the future.

Laura (Investments team)

I love working in super for many reasons: because I’m constantly learning in an evolving, growing industry, I get to be involved in a variety of investments and asset classes, and I’m part of a team whose goals are aligned with those of our members – to generate strong returns so members can feel confident in their financial future.

The most important thing I’ve done to take control of my super is understand what is going on with it and consolidate into one account! I moved my super to Qantas Super when I began my role here, and knowing what we are invested in and our approach to risk gives me confidence in having my super here.

Simple steps to help you take control of your super

If the Qantas Super team has inspired you to take control, here are a few easy things you can do to start getting your super in order:

  • Tidy up your super. Combining your super funds and finding lost super makes it easier to track your total balance and can mean you pay fewer fees overall.
  • Top up if you can. Even small amounts count towards making time and compound interest work for you.
  • Check your investment options are right for you. Make sure your money is invested in a way that considers your attitudes towards risk, your timeframe to invest, and your personal circumstances.
  • Make sure you’ve got the right amount of insuranceIf you’re over-insured, paying premiums for cover you don’t need can deplete your super balance. If you’re under-insured, you may not have enough to protect your family in the event of an unfortunate event.
  • Understand your potential entitlements. If you’re eligible for any government offsets and co-contributions then you should take advantage of them.

We're here to help

If you want to learn more or need help with making a decision about your super, you can get simple advice over the phone or face to face. It’s included as a part of your membership so there’s no extra cost.