Investing in your future

At Cbus, we offer a range of different investment options to suit your goals, your time frame and your preferred level of risk. 

Making an informed choice now can make a big difference to how much superannuation you’ll have in retirement. With the right planning, you’ll get your super working towards the retirement lifestyle you want.

Most members are invested in the default Growth (MySuper) option. But if you'd like to make your own investment choice, we offer a range of options that you can mix and match, depending on how hands-on you want to be with your super.

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Investment Handbook

Find out everything you need to know about our superannuation investment choices.

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Product Disclosure Statement

To read the Cbus product disclosure statements go to Forms and Publications.

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Calculators

Use our handy calculators to help you make the most of your super.

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When you join Cbus, if you don't choose an investment option, your super will be invested in the Growth (MySuper) option.

 

Cbus MySuper dashboard

Use the dashboard to better understand the fees, risks and performance of our default investment option.

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Compare the Growth (MySuper) option to the average fund.

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Growth (MySuper) average annual return^
9.25%
over the last 37 years to 30 June 2021.

Investment options

With a choice of six Pre-mixed and five DIY investment options, you can mix and match your investments to create a strategy that suits your needs. If you take this path, make sure you read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement and Investment Handbook and consider your options carefully. And get in touch if you need help. 

Compare risk and return by selecting an investment option below.

Investment warning: Investment returns can go up and down. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Investment performance is based on the crediting rate, which is the return minus investment fees, taxes and until 31 January 2020, the percentage-based administration fee. Excludes fees and costs that are deducted directly from members' accounts. 

Growth (MySuper)

Our default investment option is designed to suit most individuals. Suitable for those who can accept some years when returns are negative, but who expect that over the long term, returns will be well above inflation. This option is in our Pre-mixed category.

Growth (MySuper)

 

Investment return objective
Deliver a return of inflation plus 3.25% p.a. over rolling 10 year periods
Likelihood of negative annual returns 3 to 4 in every 20 years
Risk level Medium to High

 

SAA Growth vs Defensive Allocation
Growth 72
Defensive
28

Note: Growth assets include Australian shares, global shares, emerging market shares, private equity, alternative growth, 50% of infrastructure, 50% of property and 50% of global credit. Defensive assets include cash, fixed interest, 50% of property, 50% of infrastructure and 50% of global credit.

Asset Allocation Range %
Australian shares 5.5 - 35.5
Global shares 9.0 - 39.0
Emerging market shares 0.0 - 16.5
Private equity 0.0 - 12.0
Alternative growth 0.0 - 13.0
Infrastructure 0.0 - 28.0
Property 0.0 - 28.0
Global credit 0.0 - 17.0
Australian fixed interest 0.0 - 23.0
Global fixed interest 0.0 - 23.0
Cash 1.0 - 18.0

 

Historical returns % (crediting rate) to 30 June 2021
1 year 19.34%
5 years p.a. 9.81%
10 years p.a. 9.55%
Since inception p.a. 9.25% (01/07/1984)

High Growth

Suitable for individuals seeking the highest returns over the long term and can accept more years of negative returns. This option is in our Pre-mixed category.

High Growth

 

Investment return objective
Deliver a return of inflation plus 3.75% p.a. over rolling 10 year periods
Likelihood of negative annual returns 5 to 6 in every 20 years
Risk level High

 

SAA Growth vs Defensive Allocation
Growth 90
Defensive
10


Note: Growth assets include Australian shares, global shares, emerging market shares, private equity, alternative growth, 50% of infrastructure, 50% of property and 50% of global credit. Defensive assets include cash, fixed interest, 50% of property, 50% of infrastructure and 50% of global credit.

Asset Allocation 
Range %
Australian shares 15.0 - 45.0
Global shares 20.0 - 50.0
Emerging market shares 0.0 - 19.0
Private equity 0.0 - 13.0
Alternative growth 0.0 - 17.0
Infrastructure 0.0 - 23.0
Property 0.0 - 23.0
Global credit 0.0 - 10.0
Australian fixed interest 0.0 - 10.0
Global fixed interest 0.0 - 10.0
Cash 0.0 - 10.0

 

Historical returns % (crediting rate) to 30 June 2021
1 year 25.95%
5 years p.a. 12.09%
10 years p.a. 10.99%
Since inception p.a. 8.03% (01/01/1998)

Growth Plus

Suitable for individuals seeking higher returns over the long term, and who can accept some years of negative returns. This option is in our Pre-mixed category.

Growth Plus

 

Investment return objective
Deliver a return of inflation plus 3.50% p.a. over rolling 10 year periods
Likelihood of negative annual returns 4 to 5 in every 20 years
Risk level High

 

SAA Growth vs Defensive Allocation
Growth 82
Defensive
18


Note: Growth assets include Australian shares, global shares, emerging market shares, private equity, alternative growth, 50% of infrastructure, 50% of property and 50% of global credit. Defensive assets include cash, fixed interest, 50% of property, 50% of infrastructure and 50% of global credit.

Asset Allocation 
Range %
Australian shares 10.0 - 40.0
Global shares 15.0 - 45.0
Emerging market shares 0.0 - 19.0
Private equity 0.0 - 13.0
Alternative growth 0.0 - 13.0
Infrastructure 0.0 - 28.0
Property 0.0 - 28.0
Global credit 0.0 - 17.0
Australian fixed interest 0.0 - 15.0
Global fixed interest 0.0 - 15.0
Cash 0.0 - 10.0

Indexed Diversified

Suitable for individuals seeking an option that invests in a mix of assets that aim to closely match index returns with a focus on keeping costs low. Returns are expected to be above inflation, but will also have an increased chance of negative returns. This option is in our Pre-mixed category.

Indexed Diversified.

 

Investment return objective
Deliver a return of inflation plus 2.25% p.a. over rolling 10 year periods
Likelihood of negative annual returns 5 to 6 in every 20 years
Risk level High

 

SAA Growth vs Defensive Allocation
Growth 70
Defensive
30


Note: Growth assets include Australian shares, global shares, emerging market shares, private equity, alternative growth, 50% of infrastructure, 50% of property and 50% of global credit. Defensive assets include cash, fixed interest, 50% of property, 50% of infrastructure and 50% of global credit.

Asset Allocation 
Range %
Australian shares 15.0 - 55.0
Global shares 20.0 - 60.0
Emerging market shares 0.0 - 10.0
Australian fixed interest 0.0 - 40.0
Global fixed interest 0.0 - 40.0
Cash 1.0 - 40.0

Conservative Growth

Suitable for individuals who can accept some years when returns are negative but who expect that over the long term, returns will be above inflation. This option is in our Pre-mixed category.

Conservative Growth

 

Investment return objective
Deliver a return of inflation plus 2.25% p.a. over rolling 10 year periods
Likelihood of negative annual returns 2 to 3 in every 20 years
Risk level Medium

 

SAA Growth vs Defensive Allocation
Growth 52
Defensive
48


Note: Growth assets include Australian shares, global shares, emerging market shares, private equity, alternative growth, 50% of infrastructure, 50% of property and 50% of global credit.  Defensive assets include cash, fixed interest, 50% of property, 50% of infrastructure and 50% of global credit.

Asset Allocation 
Range %

Australian shares

1.0 - 29.5

Global shares

2.0 - 32.0
Emerging market shares 0.0 - 14.0
Private equity 0.0 - 10.0
Alternative growth 0.0 - 12.5

Infrastructure

0.0 - 25.0

Property

0.0 - 25.0

Global credit

0.0 - 18.0

Australian fixed interest

0.0 - 47.0

Global fixed interest 0.0 - 47.0
Enhanced income 0.0 - 47.0

Cash

0.0 - 47.0

 

Historical returns % (crediting rate) to 30 June 2021
1 year 12.55%
5 years p.a. n/a
10 years p.a. n/a
Since inception p.a. 7.21% (1/7/2017)

Conservative

Suitable for individuals who can accept lower returns on the basis that negative returns will be limited. This option is in our Pre-mixed category.

Conservative

 

Investment return objective
Deliver a return of inflation plus 1.00% p.a. over rolling 10 year periods
Likelihood of negative annual returns 1 to 2 in every 20 years
Risk level Low to Medium

 

SAA Growth vs Defensive Allocation
Growth 31
Defensive
69


Note: Growth assets include Australian shares, global shares, emerging market shares, private equity, alternative growth, 50% of infrastructure, 50% of property and 50% of global credit. Defensive assets include cash, fixed interest, 50% of property, 50% of infrastructure and 50% of global credit.

 

Asset Allocation  Range %
Australian shares 0.0 - 17.0
Global shares 0.0 - 18.5
Emerging market shares 0.0 -  9.5
Private equity 0.0 -  7.5
Alternative growth 0.0 - 9.5
Infrastructure 0.0 - 17.0
Property 0.0 - 17.0
Global credit 0.0 - 16.5
Australian fixed interest 0.0 - 58.5
Global fixed interest 0.0 - 58.5
Enhanced income 0.0 - 59.0
Cash 0.0 - 59.0

 

Historical returns % (crediting rate) to 30 June 2021
1 year 6.77%
5 years p.a. 5.35%
10 years p.a. 5.95%
Since inception p.a. 5.98% (01/10/1999)

Overseas Shares

Suitable for individuals seeking to invest in a range of overseas shares. This option aims to deliver strong capital growth over the longer term but has a higher expectation of negative returns. This option is in our DIY category.

Overseas Shares

 

Investment return objective
To deliver a return above the MSCI All Country World ex Australia Index (unhedged) after fees and adjusted for implied super tax.  Over rolling 10-year periods
Likelihood of negative annual returns 6 to 7 in every 20 years
Risk level Very High

 

SAA Growth vs Defensive Allocation
Growth 100
Defensive
0


Note: Growth assets include Australian shares, global shares, emerging market shares, private equity, alternative growth, 50% of infrastructure, 50% of property and 50% of global credit. Defensive assets include cash, fixed interest, 50% of property, 50% of infrastructure and 50% of global credit.

Asset Allocation 
Range %
Global shares 90.0 - 100.0
Cash 0.0 - 10.0

Australian Shares

Suitable for individuals seeking to invest in a range of Australian shares. This option aims to deliver strong capital growth over the longer term but has a higher expectation of negative returns. This option is in our DIY category.

Australian Shares

 

Investment return objective
To deliver a return above the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index after fees and adjusted for implied super tax Over rolling 10-year periods
Likelihood of negative annual returns 6 to 7 in every 20 years
Risk level Very High

 

SAA Growth vs Defensive Allocation
Growth 100
Defensive
0


Note: Growth assets include Australian shares, global shares, emerging market shares, private equity, alternative growth, 50% of infrastructure, 50% of property and 50% of global credit. Defensive assets include cash, fixed interest, 50% of property, 50% of infrastructure and 50% of global credit.

Asset Allocation 
Range %
Australian shares 90.0 - 100.0
Cash 0.0 - 10.0

Property

Suitable for individuals seeking to invest in a property assets. It invests in unlisted property and Global Listed Real Estate Investment Trusts (GREITs). This option is in our DIY category.

Property

 

Investment return objective
Deliver a return of inflation plus 2.50% p.a. after fees and tax, over rolling 10 year periods
Likelihood of negative annual returns 4 to 5 in every 20 years
Risk level High

 

SAA Growth vs Defensive Allocation
Growth 71
Defensive
29


Note: Growth assets include Australian shares, global shares, emerging market shares, private equity, alternative growth, 50% of infrastructure, 50% of property and 50% of global credit. Defensive assets include cash, fixed interest, 50% of property, 50% of infrastructure and 50% of global credit.

Asset Allocation 
Range %
Unlisted Property 0.0 - 85.0
Global Listed Real Estate Investment Trusts 15.0 - 100
Cash 2.0 - 30.0

Diversified Fixed Interest

Suitable for individuals seeking to invest in a range of Australian and global fixed interest and global credit. This option is in our DIY category.

Diversified Fixed Interest

 

Investment return objective
Deliver a return of inflation plus 0.50% p.a. after fees and tax, over rolling 10 year periods
Likelihood of negative annual returns 1 to 2 in every 20 years
Risk level Low to Medium

 

SAA Growth vs Defensive Allocation
Growth 25
Defensive
75


Note: Growth assets include Australian shares, global shares, emerging market shares, private equity, alternative growth, 50% of infrastructure, 50% of property and 50% of global credit. Defensive assets include cash, fixed interest, 50% of property, 50% of infrastructure and 50% of global credit.

Asset Allocation 
Range %
Global credit 20.0 - 80.0
Australian fixed interest 0.0 - 50.0
Global fixed interest 0.0 - 50.0

Cash

Suitable for individuals who want to avoid negative returns (expected negative returns are negligible). Returns over the long term are expected to be lower than the other Cbus investment options. This option is in our DIY category.

Cash

 

Investment return objective
Deliver a return aligned with the RBA cash rate after fees and adjusted for implied super tax Over rolling 3-year periods
Likelihood of negative annual returns Negligible in 20 years
Risk level Very low

 

SAA Growth vs Defensive Allocation
Growth 0
Defensive
100


Note: Growth assets include Australian shares, global shares, emerging market shares, private equity, alternative growth, 50% of infrastructure, 50% of property and 50% of global credit. Defensive assets include cash, fixed interest, 50% of property, 50% of infrastructure and 50% of global credit. Please note the Cash savings option includes a 50% allocation with the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ).

Asset Allocation  Range %
Cash 100.0

 

Historical returns % (crediting rate) to 30 June 2021
1 year 0.12%
5 years p.a. 1.12%
10 years p.a. 1.84%
Since inception p.a. 2.15% (01/04/2009)

Cbus Self Managed

Suitable for eligible members who are comfortable taking an active role in managing their super savings.

Cbus Self Managed

 

Investment objective
Deliver an after tax return of inflation plus varies by member based on investment selection
Likelihood of negative annual returns varies by member based on investment selection
Risk level varies by member based on investment selection

Investments available

  • a range of Australian shares
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs)
  • Term deposits
  • Managed investments including property and infrastructure.

Refer to Cbus Self Managed for further information

See Cbus Self Managed performance

 

Cbus also offers a range of super income stream options for members who are nearing retirement, or fully retired. 

Read about super income stream investment options.

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Investment performance

Super investment option performance to 31 May 2022*
  1 month (%) Since 30 June (%) 1 year (%) 3 year p.a (%) 5 years p.a (%) 10 years p.a (%)
Growth (MySuper) -1.07 -0.97 1.31 6.96 7.20 9.39
High Growth -1.28 -1.74 0.88 8.86 8.67 11.05
Growth Plus -1.18 -2.30 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Indexed Diversified -1.04 -3.40 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Conservative Growth^ -0.89 -1.96 -0.35 4.75 n/a n/a
Conservative -0.58 -2.41 -1.32 2.72 3.67 5.22
Overseas Shares -1.21 -9.49 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Australian Shares -2.96 0.28 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Property -2.67 0.83 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Diversified Fixed Interest -0.78 -3.76 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Cash 0.04 0.15 0.18 0.37 0.87
1.48

*This table shows the most recent crediting rates (published monthly on or around 14 to 21 days following each months reporting period).

Please note, the Growth Plus, Indexed Diversified, Overseas Shares, Australian Shares, Property and Diversified Fixed Interest options commenced on 14 February 2022 therefore crediting rate information for longer time periods are not applicable.   

Investment performance is based on the crediting rate, which is the return minus investment fees, taxes, and until 31 January 2020, the percentage-based administration fee. Excludes fees and costs that are deducted directly from members’ accounts. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

^The Conservative Growth accumulation option commenced on 11 July 2017 therefore crediting rate information for longer time periods are not applicable. 

 

Cbus has declared crediting rates daily since 4 October 2018. Prior to this rates were declared weekly.

Crediting rates are the investment earnings for each investment option. Cbus calculates crediting rates and declares these on a daily basis. Crediting rates go up and down during the year, reflecting movements in investment markets.

Learn about crediting rates (PDF)

Changing investment options

If you’re considering changing how your super is invested, it’s important to think long term. 

In times of higher share market volatility, it may be tempting to invest your super in lower risk options to try to minimise losses over the short term. However, reacting to short-term changes may reduce your super balance over the long term.

So while monitoring your investment performance is important, frequent switching between options may not benefit you in the long run.

Read about changing options in response to short-term share market movements or watch our video to understand more about share market volatility and how Cbus invests.

Before you change how you invest your super, it’s important to understand the range of investment options available, your investment time frame and the impact of changing investment options.

We’re here to help you work through your options and answer your questions about investments.

Call Cbus Advice Services on 1300 361 784.

How do I change my investment options?

At any time, you can change the investment option for your super contributions. Changes for future contributions occur as soon as they are received.

You can change the investment options for your account in two ways. One is to change which options your whole account is invested in, another is to change how you direct your contributions.

Investment switches are processed on a daily basis. All switch requests must be received before 4.00pm (AEST/AEDT). The change will be effective from the start of the next national business day. You’ll see this reflected in your account two national business days later. If we receive your request after 4.00pm (or on a weekend or public holiday) it will take an extra national business day to process.

 

We’re here to help

Call Cbus Advice Services on 1300 361 784

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Email: advice@cbussuper.com.au

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