Growth option


To build an investment portfolio to achieve the stated return objective within the stated risk parameters over the specified time frame.

Who should invest?

This option suits those who are seeking high growth and are comfortable with high levels of fluctuations in returns, particularly over the short term. Compared to the other options available in TelstraSuper, this option involves a higher level of risk to target greater returns over the longer term. As a result, the value of your investment may rise or fall in the short term.

Investment strategy

The Growth option has a strong bias towards growth assets, such as Australian and International Shares, with a smaller allocation towards defensive assets such as Cash.

Return objective

Corporate Plus and Personal Plus members: Outperform CPI + 3.5% p.a.
RetireAccess members: Outperform CPI + 4.0% p.a.

Investment timeframe

7 - 10 year periods.

Risk characteristics

Consistent with its higher return objective, the Growth option is expected to have the highest level of short-term investment risk of TelstraSuper’s diversified investment options. This option’s risk characteristics using TelstraSuper’s four measures of investment risk are:

The Growth option’s Standard Risk Measure* is for a “high” level of risk expected to generate 4 to less than 6 negative annual returns over any 20 year period.

Long-term strategic investment mix^

83% Growth assets
17% Defensive assets

Growth option investment mix and asset ranges 

The aim of this information is to provide members with investment objective and strategy details (including investment mix) that we consider members reasonably need to understand the fund's investments and reflect the manner in which objectives and strategies have been formulated by the Trustee pursuant to superannuation law and discretionary powers under the Trust Deed.

* The Standard Risk Measure is a standardised way of communicating investment risk that has been developed by the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and the Financial Services Council (FSC)

^The long-term investment mix is used as a strategic guide for investing. This split of defensive and growth assets can vary from time to time as investment in each asset class may vary within the allowable ranges.

Growth option returns

  Accumulation returns TelstraSuper RetireAccess returns
 2019/2020 -1.93   -2.09
 2018/2019  7.69%  8.43%
2017/2018 10.01%  10.80%
2016/2017 13.50%  15.00% 
2015/2016 0.30% 0.00%
2014/2015 11.14% 12.04%
2013/2014 17.99% 19.82%
2012/2013 19.62% 22.31%
2011/2012 -2.23% -2.58%
5 year returns 5.75% 6.23%

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The accumulation investment returns are net of investment fees and investment taxes, but before deducting any administration fee or indirect administration cost. The TelstraSuper RetireAccess investment returns are net of investment fees but before deducting any administration fee or indirect administration cost.