The winners of the Chant West 2015 Super Fund Awards were announced at a gala event in Sydney on 6 May, attended by more than 300 guests in attendance including industry luminaries and VIPs.

The top award of Super Fund of the Year was won by UniSuper, the primary fund for staff employed in Australia's higher education and research sectors.

Taking out the Pension Fund of the Year award – for the third consecutive year – was Queensland public sector fund, QSuper.

Introducing the awards, Chant West principal, Warren Chant, drew attention to the many distractions that funds faced from new regulations, Government inquiries and policy debates. "Despite this, what we see every day in the course of our research is funds striving to do everything they possibly can to improve the retirement outcomes of their members and the services they receive along the way," he said.

Chant also commended funds for focusing on member services as well as investments and fees, saying: " ...Almost as important is getting people to understand what they can do to improve their personal situation. This involves relevant product design, member segmentation for messaging, education in its various forms and the availability of financial advice. Increasingly, the focus is being extended beyond people’s working lives and right through their retirement years – which is as it should be."

Category Winners and Finalists

Super Fund of the Year

Winner

UniSuper

Finalists

AustralianSuper, CareSuper, First State Super, HESTA, HOSTPLUS, QSuper, REST, Sunsuper, Telstra Super

Pension Fund of the Year

Winner

QSuper

Finalists

AMP Flexible Super, Asgard Infinity eWrap, AustralianSuper, Colonial First State FirstChoice Wholesale Pension, First State Super, MLC MasterKey Pension Fundamentals, REST, Sunsuper, UniSuper

Specialist Fund of the Year

Winner

Mine Wealth + Wellbeing (formerly AUSCOAL)

Finalists

Cbus, Equip, HESTA, legalsuper

Corporate Solutions Fund of the Year

Winner

Plum

Finalists

AMP SignatureSuper, Mercer Super Trust, Russell SuperSolution, Sunsuper

Advised Product of the Year

Winner

Colonial First State FirstChoice Wholesale Super

Finalists

AMP Flexible Super, AMP North, Asgard Infinity eWrap, MLC MasterKey Super Fundamentals

Asset Consultant of the Year

Winner

Towers Watson

Finalists

Frontier Advisors, JANA Investment Advisers, Mercer Investments, Russell Investments

Best Fund: Investments

Winner

UniSuper

Finalists

AustralianSuper, CareSuper, Cbus, Equip, HESTA, HOSTPLUS, QSuper, REST, Telstra Super

Best Fund: Member Services

Winner

Sunsuper

Finalists

AMP SignatureSuper, AustralianSuper, HESTA, HOSTPLUS, Plum, QSuper, REST, Telstra Super, UniSuper

Best Fund: Insurance

Winner

NGS Super

Finalists

AMP SignatureSuper, CareSuper, Catholic Super, Commonwealth Bank Group Super, Equip, Plum, REST, Telstra Super, UniSuper

Best Fund: Innovation

Winner

Mercer Lifetime Plus

Finalists

ANZ SmartChoice Rollover Tool, Equip MyPension, NGS Super, QSuper Lifetime

Best Fund: Integrity

Winner

CareSuper

Finalists

BT Lifetime Super Employer, Mercer Super Trust, REST, Russell

Best Fund: Longevity Product

Winner

Challenger Liquid Lifetime Annuity

Finalists

AMP North Personal Pension, Mercer LifetimePlus, MLC MasterKey Investment Protection

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