Media Super is the industry super fund for print, media, entertainment and arts, and broader creative industries. For more than 30 years we've been committed to helping our members achieve a comfortable retirement, and providing support and advice throughout their working lives.
As an industry fund, we're run only to benefit members. That means profits go back to our members' accounts, helping to maximise your retirement savings. You can be confident knowing that we're looking after our members' best interests, not anyone else's.
We're also committed to supporting our community of industries. We invest back into our member industries and partner with key industry organisations to support professional development and education programs, create opportunities for emerging and established talent, celebrate excellence and help our partners build vibrant, robust sectors.
While our roots are in print, media, entertainment and arts, we're a public offer fund. So anyone can join and any employer can choose Media Super as their default fund, regardless of industry.
Media Super was formed in 2008 when Print Super and JUST Super merged.
Both Print and JUST Super were established in 1987, and were part of the first wave of industry super funds set up after the government introduced a mandatory 3% super requirement into workplace awards.
From the start, industry funds were overseen by the relevant workers' unions and employer groups, working together to help workers in their industries to achieve a better standard of retirement.
Print Super commenced in 1987 as an industry-linked fund with a single employer-sponsored division – a jointly sponsored arrangement between the Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA) and Printing & Kindred Industries Union (PKIU). Membership was limited to current and past employees of employers participating in Print Super and their spouses.
The 1995 amalgamation of the PKIU with the Automotive Food Metals and Engineering Union to form the Automotive Food Metals Engineering Printing & Kindred Industries Union – otherwise known as the AMWU – saw Print Super's sponsorship changing to include the new AMWU Printing Division.
An allocated pension product for retirees was introduced in 2001.
A public offer division, mychoice, was launched in December 2004 in anticipation of Choice of Fund legislation coming into effect on 1 July 2005. This allowed non-employer sponsored workers – those employed in another industry and self-employed people – to join the fund for the first time.
JUST – the Journalists Union Superannuation Trust – was first established in January 1987.
The 1992 amalgamation of the Australian Journalists Association with Actors Equity and the Australian Theatrical & Amusement Employees Association (ATAEA) to form the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) also saw the amalgamation of JUST with JEST - the Joint Entertainers Superannuation Trust. The new entity retained the JUST SUPER name but amended its full title to the Joint Union Superannuation Trust to better represent its core member industries.
Given the freelance or contract nature of many journalistic or entertainment-based assignments, JUST SUPER had a self-funded plan for self-employed, freelance and contract workers entitled to superannuation under an award or agreement, as well as the usual employer-sponsored division. An allocated pension division for retirees commenced in 2002.
As the MEAA expanded to incorporate the Symphony Orchestra Musicians Association (SOMA), NSW Artworkers Union, Screen Technicians Association of Australia (STAA) and a Professional Sports Branch was created, JUST SUPER’s industry representation also broadened.
With the introduction of Choice of Fund legislation in 2005, anyone dabbling in an arts-related industry could join, even if they made most of their money in another field of endeavour.