As one of Australia’s largest super funds, we are committed to earning strong long-term returns for our members.

But we are also determined to be a force for good by investing in projects and businesses that contribute to a better future for all. We recognise that in order to act in the best interests of our members and maximise long-term financial returns, we must consider the impact of our investments on society.

A number of our recent investments highlight our philosophy of seeking out investments that are sustainable, generate jobs and contribute to a more productive economy. They also support the communities where our members live, work and retire.

Oak Tree Retirement Villages

We own a majority investment in the Oak Tree Group, which owns, develops and
manages retirement villages throughout the east coast of Australia. The  Queensland-based group has established a portfolio of 31 retirement villages located from Cairns to Hobart, including villages located in Armidale, Orange, Tamworth, Toowoomba and Brisbane, with the business poised for further expansion.

Investment date: June 2017

Returns to members: The bulk of returns will come from income we receive from residents and development profits.

Where this investment fits in our portfolio: All pre-mixed options; Alternatives (Property - unlisted sector) & Property single asset class option.

NSW Fire and Rescue Academy

This world-class training facility is located in Sydney’s west and is instrumental in training and supporting the next generation of emergency workers. Formally opened by Emergency Services Minister, Troy Grant in July 2018, the academy plays an important role in training firefighters and  boosting the economy of Sydney’s western region.

Investment date: May 2016

Returns to members: Returns will come from the state government as a secure long-term tenant.

Where this investment fits in our portfolio: All pre-mixed options; Alternatives (Property - unlisted sector) & Property single asset class option.

NSW Ambulance & Toll Helicopters – Aeromedical Training and Services Facility

This new training centre is one of the most advanced aeromedical training facilities in the world. Located in Sydney’s Bankstown Airport, it will become a base for emergency medical services, search and rescue operations, passenger transfer and logistics support.

Investment date: June 2016

Returns to members: Returns will come from a secure long-term tenant.

Where this investment fits in our portfolio: Pre-mixed options; Alternatives (Property – unlisted) & Property single asset class option. 

GO Australia Equity Fund

We have partnered with ROC Partners to develop the GO Australia Equity Fund, providing expansion capital to small businesses across Australia.

It focuses on companies embarking on new growth initiatives with positive socio-economic benefits, such as jobs creation, regional growth or building intellectual property. Target industry sectors include: food and agribusiness; tourism; smart cities infrastructure; and advanced manufacturing, among others.

Where this investment fits in our portfolio: Alternatives, Private Equity asset allocation (part of the pre-mixed options).

Returns to members: Returns will come from supporting entrepreneurs and business owners to create scale, access new markets and invest in growth strategies across a range of sectors.

Examples of investments made to date are:

1. Australia’s Oyster Coast (AOC)

AOC is a company of over 45 leading oyster farms on the NSW South Coast. Our investment in AOC will deliver returns to our members and provide capital to help expand an important regional industry.

Investment date: May 2018

2. Stone Axe Pastoral

Stone Axe Pastoral is an Australian Wagyu beef agribusiness with operations in the Northern Tablelands of NSW, and Western Australia. Our investment in Stone Axe Pastoral is expected to create 76 full-time jobs over a five-year period and
provides the capital a company needs to develop the largest full-blood Wagyu
cattle herd outside Japan.

Investment date: February 2018

3. Pearl Global

Pearl Global is an industrial technology company that takes end-of-life car and truck tyres and cleanly converts them into tyre-derived oil, carbon char and steel. The company is a leading “circular economy” participant, able to recycle tyres into renewable fuel markets and to the roading construction sector.

Investment date: May 2019

The investments included are accurate as at 30 June 2020.

All investments carry risk, and First State Super does not guarantee the payment of income or performance of the investments referenced above.