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Changes to our products and services in 2022

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12 December 2022

Our fund experienced significant transformation and growth in 2022, with many changes to our products and services.

This year, Energy Super and LGIAsuper teams and systems combined successfully into a single fund, renamed as Brighter Super. We also completed the acquisition of Suncorp’s superannuation business (SPSL).

The Brighter Super Group combines the strengths of three successful Queensland super funds, focused on delivering the best retirement outcomes for all our members.

Over time, we aim to use our increased size and scale to deliver better services and lower costs for all our members. Below is a summary of the changes we have made in 2022.

Energy Super systems transitioned to Brighter Super

In September 2022, we transitioned Energy Super’s member systems to the Brighter Super platform.

Unifying the two funds within one system brings the following benefits to all our members:

  • Reduced operational and administration costs including a reduction in the MySuper option by 29%1 in the 12 months post-merger.
  • Improved efficiency and removed duplication of services.
  • Better access to personalised support and advice.

Combining the strengths of both funds on one system can help us strengthen our products and personalised service to benefit of all our members.

A new single set of investment options for all members

In September 2022 we finished consolidating Energy Super and LGIAsuper investment options into a new single set of options.

Over the past 18 months, we evaluated and selected the strongest options for each category across the fund. Our new single set of options removes duplication, helping us save costs and strengthen our product offering for all members.

Find out more: Brighter Super’s investment options

Products and services now available to all members

Since the merger we have consolidated many of the products and services formerly provided by Energy Super and LGIAsuper. This has resulted in many of our members gaining new products and features previously not available to them, including:

  • Access to more investment options – former Energy Super members now have access to a new Property option, a Socially Responsible Australian Shares option, and a Defensive option, while the former LGIAsuper members now have access to a new Indexed Balanced option.
  • Super Health Checks –a 30-minute phone or video call appointment where we can help you discover new ways to grow your super and check that you are on track for a comfortable retirement.
  • Option to choose a non-lapsing beneficiary nomination – this is a type of beneficiary nomination that is binding on the trustee and does not expire after three years.
  • Making changes to reversionary beneficiary nominations (for Pension accounts) – all Pension account members can now change their reversionary beneficiary nomination at any time.
  • Brighter Super Retirement Reward – a tax benefit we pass onto members who move their Brighter Super accumulation account into a new Brighter Super Pension account.
  • KiwiSaver transfers –Brighter Super allows you to transfer your full KiwiSaver balance to an Australian super account.

A new tax refund on the annual percentage-based administration fee

From 1 February 2022, all members receive an annual tax refund of 15% of the percentage-based administration fee. As this fee is deducted from members' investment returns, the tax refund is also applied to the investment returns.

Find out more: Significant event notice, December 2021

A new mobile app for all members

In 2022, we launched our new mobile app, which is now available to all Brighter Super members. You can download it from Apple and Google app stores.

The Brighter Super mobile app gives you an easy, convenient and secure way to manage your super. It's a great way to see how your super is tracking towards your future retirement goals.

The app also gives you quick access to your account in Member Online, where you can make many other requests and updates.

Find out more: Brighter Super mobile app

Changes to insurance

On 30 September 2022, we removed two restrictions on insurance cover for all members in the Local Government and associated industries insurance division:

  1. Additional cover based on life events

Members who are under age 60 and have not fixed their Death & TPD or Death Only cover to a dollar amount can apply to increase their cover up to an extra 2 units without underwriting as they experience a life event. Members have previously been restricted to three life event changes to their insurance during their membership. Examples of life events are marriage or moving in together, divorce, a new child or a mortgage.

From 30 September 2022, members are no longer restricted on the number of changes they make to their insurance cover based on life events.

In addition, members with Income Protection cover can now apply to increase their cover if they receive a pay rise.

  1. Non-Australian residents leaving Australia

Previously, non-Australian residents’ insurance cover would end when they permanently leave Australia or temporarily leave Australia for more than three months.

This restriction was lifted on 30 September 2022. All members will now be provided with cover when overseas, subject to the terms of the policy.

Find out more: Significant event notice, August 2022

Enhancements to Brighter Super pension accounts

On 19 September 2022, we introduced two new features to our Pension account and Transition to Retirement (TTR) Pension account. These features were already available to members who previously had Energy Super accounts, but they are new to members who previously had LGIAsuper accounts.

  1. Account auto rebalance each year

Movements in investment markets and outgoing payments can change the asset allocation of a Pension account over time. So, over time your actual investment strategy can be different to your intended investment strategy.

Regularly reviewing and rebalancing your investment options may help keep an investment strategy on track. To make this a simpler, less manual process, members now have the option to request that their investment options are automatically rebalanced for them every financial year.

  1. Automatically increase pension payments with the Consumer Price Index

Members can now request to have regular payments from their Pension account or TTR Pension account automatically increase each financial year in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

You can opt-in for CPI increases at any time.

Find out more: Information for Brighter Super members (page 3)

Regulatory changes to fee and cost disclosure

New regulations on how superannuation funds must disclose their fees and costs came into effect on 30 September 2022. The changes aim to improve consistency across super funds, making it easier for members to compare options.

To meet these regulations, we are now required to separate fees and costs into two groups:

  • Ongoing annual fees and costs – consists of administration fees and costs, investment fees and costs, and transaction costs.
  • Member activity-related fees and costs – includes buy-sell spread fees, switching fees and insurance fees.

Find out more: Significant event notice, December 2022


  1. Based on a comparison of the Energy Super Accumulation Account Product Disclosure Statement for the MySuper investment option dated 31 December 2020 (pre-merger) and the Brighter Super Accumulation Account Product Disclosure Statement for the MySuper Option dated 1 July 2022 calculated with a member account balance of $50,000 for the 12-month period post-merger. This example is the maximum possible reduction in fees for Energy Super Members. The maximum possible reduction for LGIAsuper members is 28% and is based on a comparison of the LGIAsuper Accumulation Account Product Disclosure Statement for the MySuper investment option dated 1 May 2021 (pre-merger) and the Brighter Super Accumulation Account Product Disclosure Statement for the MySuper Option dated 1 July 2022 calculated with a member account balance of $50,000 for the 12-month period post-merger. Exact cost outcomes and any reduction will be different for every member based on their individual circumstances and investment option election. This amount is used for illustration purposes only and reflects changes in fees and costs up to 1 July 2022 only.