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Gina Dowley joined AvSuper!

I am very pleased to introduce you to Gina Dowley.

Gina joined AvSuper in April 2020 as our Investments Officer, bringing strong investment operations knowledge, as well as compliance and accounting skills to the AvSuper team.

With over 20 years’ experience in the superannuation industry, Gina brings much wisdom, a different perspective and knowledge to the role. Previously employed by Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation where she was part of the Investment operations treasury team, Gina was key in consolidating various processes and thereby implementing efficiencies to the day to day operations.  Gina is a team player, very experienced in investment operations and reconciliations, and is well regarded in the industry.

We warmly welcome Gina as part of the AvSuper team and look forward to her contributions to your Fund.

Michelle

Michelle Wade
Chief Executive Officer

Covid 19 investment updates

Super scam warning

Whilst most of us are staying at home and doing the right things, there are some unscrupulous people trying to take advantage of the current pandemic.

With additional early release laws to help people during COVID-19, we want to remind our members to be vigilant with your online security and your AvSuper account. If you are not sure about the super rules or what someone tells you, please refer to our website or call us directly for assistance.

Some reminders to help keep your super in your control:

  • to access super under the COVID-19 early release rules, you must log into your MyGov account (or call the ATO If you don’t have one). Anyone calling to arrange this for you or charge you a fee to apply for the early release is suspicious
  • if you receive a message from the ATO or AvSuper confirming an early release payment without you having applied for it, reply to the ATO with ‘NO” and let us know as soon as possible
  • be cyber smart with your account – check our security fact sheet for tips like updating passwords regularly
  • don’t give out details about your super or bank accounts, or your TFN, to unknown callers. No one legitimate will ask you for your MyGov or Member Online passwords and access information
  • log into Member Online periodically and check your transaction history to be sure all is as it should be
  • keep in touch with us and make sure we have your current contact details so we can check any unexpected activity in your account

As always, if you have any questions about your AvSuper account, please contact us by email, ask us to call you or call 1300 128 751 and leave a message.

Michelle

Michelle Wade
Chief Executive Officer

Covid 19 investment updates

AvSuper Administration changes

We are all in unprecedented times and adjusting to new ways of doing things. However, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy and safe Easter at home, and to share some good news about our administration services.

Easter wishes from AvSuper

Please note that AvSuper will be closed from 5pm Thursday 9 April and will reopen at 9am Tuesday 14 April. Member Online will be available throughout the Easter break and you can of course send us emails which we will respond to next week.

As we indicated in January, we undertook a comprehensive administration review. We are pleased to announce that we will be transferring our administration to Mercer Administration Services (Australia) Pty Ltd in October 2020 (although the date may move due to any future impact of COVID-19). Initially, members should notice very little change but we anticipate various improvements in efficiencies and technology options in the months after transition.

This transition will not change our member services team at all, so you can still contact Carl, Nathan, Kong, Julie and Deb through our usual channels before and after the change of Administrator.

In the meantime, please enjoy your Easter break at home and stay well.

Michelle

Michelle Wade
Chief Executive Officer

 

For updates on COVID-19 for AvSuper and superannuation, please refer to our COVID-19 update page.

COVID-19 superannuation changes

With the status of COVID-19 evolving rapidly, we wish to update you on recent developments and notify you that we have a page dedicated to COVID-19 and the impact for AvSuper members and the Fund itself.

Changes to superannuation

The Government has announced changes to superannuation, including:

  • Access to up to $10,000 of your superannuation this financial year and the same amount for next financial year for members experiencing financial hardship.  The full details of this have not yet been released by the Government, so we  will update members via our website as soon as the information is available, and
  • The ability to reduce minimum annual pension payment amounts for our income stream members. Again, we will let affected members know, and provide a website update, as soon as the Government legislates and releases the details of this arrangement.

AvSuper COVID-19 updates

Business & Office Management

We recognise that there are several scenarios that may eventuate in the event of an AvSuper employee having exposure to or contracting COVID-19.  AvSuper is continuing to follow the guidance from international and local health authorities and we are responding according to our pandemic plan.  As at 23 March 2020, we can confirm that AvSuper has not had any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any of our locations.

The ongoing health and safety of our people while also continuing our service commitments to our members remains our priority.  We are conducting regular meetings and assessments so we can properly react and respond to developments.  This includes reviewing our systems, protocols and operations management on a daily basis.

We want to assure you that we are working to minimise disruption to our various member services.  We have currently closed our office to face-to-face meetings and stopped interstate visits, however, we will remain open for members to contact us. We acknowledge that the normal channels for contact may change as we expect to move more of our team to remote work from home arrangements in the coming days.  If you cannot reach us via 1300 128 751, we encourage you to:

  1. Leave a voice message for us to return your call as soon as possible.  Our team will be able to return your call from remote locations, so while there may be short delays in call backs (depending on call volumes), we will be able to return your call
  2. Use the Call Me back function on our website and again someone from our team will be able to contact you, generally at the time that suits you (if you provide your preferences!)
  3. Email us at avsinfo@avsuper.com.au  Our member services staff will remain able to reply to your emails during business hours
  4. Use our AvChat function on our website for an online chat with one of our team members during business hours.

We will of course remain focussed on our members during this challenging time but acknowledge that some members may experience delays at times while we bed down remote working arrangements.  We will continue to provide updates to members via email, via website updates and on our social media sites.

Other information

You may also want to read our latest investment update (which includes Corona virus information) and previous COVID-19 news item.

As always, if you have any questions about your account or the impact of COVID-19, please call 1300 128 751, catch us on AvChat or email us.

Michelle

Michelle Wade
Chief Executive Officer

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