MLC MySuper

The information on this page will provide you with an overview of how MLC MySuper works including different lifecycle cohorts, fees and investment performance.

If you're a member or eligible to join the NAB Group Super Fund you can find your NAB Staff MySuper information here.

What's MLC MySuper?


If you’re a new or existing member and you haven’t made an investment choice, your money will be invested in MLC MySuper.

MLC MySuper is the default option for members who don’t choose where to invest their super. Alternatively, you can choose to invest in MLC MySuper, or select from our other investment options or you can have a combination of these.

It’s a good idea to regularly review your investment strategy and selected investment options to make sure they are meeting your needs.

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MLC MySuper invests in higher growth investments when you’re younger to give your super more opportunity to grow.

As you get closer to retirement age, we’ll gradually replace a portion of the higher growth investments (such as shares and property) with more defensive investments (such as bonds and cash).

Click on the links below for more information on the different lifecycle cohorts within MLC MySuper.

  • You're still a while off retirement, so we'll concentrate on growing your super.

    Meet Ben

    • 25 years old
    • Designer at an inner-city agency
    • $23,000 in MLC MySuper
    • Saving for a deposit on an apartment

    Ben’s aiming for high growth and is prepared to accept the risks if there are falls in the market, as he intends on investing for a long time. Ben’s MLC MySuper has 79% allocation to growth investments such as shares, property and infrastructure. They have potentially higher returns over the long term to help his super grow. However, they tend to have higher risk than investments like cash and fixed interest.

  • As you get closer to retirement, we’ll gradually move some of your MLC MySuper towards more defensive investments such as bonds and cash that may help to reduce the impacts of market ups and downs. Your MLC MySuper balance is adjusted every three months based on the date of your birthday.

    Meet Tracy

    • 58 years old
    • Works part time in retail
    • $123,000 in MLC MySuper
    • Starting to think about retirement

    Tracy’s more interested in growing and preserving the money she’s already saved as she doesn’t have as much time to add to her super. Her MLC MySuper will gradually increase its proportion of defensive investments which may help to reduce the impacts from market volatility, although she still has the majority in growth investments such as shares, property and infrastructure to help it grow.

  • At this time, you may or may not choose to retire. Until you decide what you want to do with your money, we’ll keep investing your MLC MySuper balance with 67% growth investments such as shares and property and 33% defensive investments such as bonds and fixed interest. When you retire, you can choose to withdraw a lump sum or receive a regular income stream from your super -or a combination of the two.

    Meet Hannah

    • 67 years old
    • Works part-time in admin
    • $171,000 in MLC MySuper
    • She and her partner have no mortgage, a small investment property and a modest share portfolio

    Hannah’s keeping her super balance invested in MLC MySuper as she’s continuing to work part-time, even though she’s reached retirement age. Her MLC MySuper continues to have a mix of growth investments to help it grow as well as some defensive investments which may help to reduce the impact from short-term market falls.

Learn more about MLC MySuper

How has the MLC MySuper option performed?

Investment returns to 30 April 20241

Returns to 30 April 2024

Returns (%) Annualised Returns (% p.a.)
1 month 3 months 1 year 3 years 5 years 10 years

MLC MySuper2

MySuper Growth Portfolio -1.3% 2.0% 8.7% 5.8% 6.7% 6.9%
MySuper Conservative Balanced Portfolio -1.0% 1.4% 6.6% 3.7% 4.6% NA3
MySuper Cash Portfolio 0.3% 1.0% 3.9% 1.8% 1.3% NA3

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The value of an investment may rise or fall with the changes in the market.

All returns are net of investment fees and tax considerations and do not include administration fees and costs. Performance returns are annualised for periods greater than one year. For details of relevant fees and costs, log in opens in new window to view the PDS and Fee Brochure for your plan.

MLC MySuper uses a combination of the three investment portfolios (MySuper Growth Portfolio, MySuper Conservative Balanced Portfolio, MySuper Cash Portfolio), to provide a mix of growth and defensive assets which changes depending on your age. When you’re under age 55 you’ll be 100% invested in the MySuper Growth Portfolio. From age 55, we add a second portfolio, the MySuper Conservative Balanced Portfolio, where a portion of your MLC MySuper balance will be invested. Shortly after you turn 62, you’ll be invested across three portfolios, with a portion of your MLC MySuper balance invested in the MySuper Cash Portfolio.

The MLC MySuper investment strategy changed from a single diversified to a lifecycle strategy on 22 March 2019. The returns for the MLC MySuper growth portfolio for the period before 2019 are based on the previous single diversified investment strategy. The return for 2019 is based on the return achieved from 1 July 2018 to 22 March 2019 with the single diversified strategy, and the return achieved from 23 March 2019 to 30 June 2019 with the lifecycle investment strategy. The return for 5-years or more is based on return of MySuper product over that period which had different investment strategies.

The MySuper Conservative Balanced Portfolio and MySuper Cash Portfolio are new portfolios that were formed when MLC MySuper investment strategy changed to a lifecycle strategy on 22 March 2019.

APRA has rated MLC MySuper
as 'passed'

For the latest Annual Performance Test, APRA has rated MLC MySuper as 'passed'.

MLC MySuper investment

Hear from Plum's investment experts, the people managing your investment options and helping to deliver these MLC MySuper returns.

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MLC MySuper fees and costs

MLC MySuper is designed to be simple and cost-effective – for further information on fees and costs, refer to the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Fee Brochure. If you’re invested in an employer or corporate plan, log in opens in new window to view your PDS for your plan, as the figures shown below do not take into account any applicable discounts or employer subsidisation arrangements.

This table provides an example of how the fees and costs for the MLC MySuper investment option can affect your super over a 1-year period.

Standard MLC MySuper costs – Member under the age of 55 with MLC MySuper balance of $50,000

Example - MLC MySuper Balance of $50,000
Administration fees and costs 0.32% pa + $78 pa For every $50,000 you have in the superannuation product, you will be charged or have deducted from your investment $160 in administration fees and costs, plus $78 regardless of your balance
PLUS Investment fees and costs 0.84% pa And, you will be charged or have deducted from your investment $420 in investment fees and costs
PLUS Transaction costs 0.07% pa And, you will be charged or have deducted from your investment $35 in transaction costs

EQUALS Cost of product   If your balance was $50,000, at the beginning of the year then for that year you will be charged fees and costs of $693 for the superannuation product.

Note: Additional fees may apply.
The Cost of product shown in the example is based on the MySuper Growth Portfolio. For Cost of product information on each investment option, please refer to the Fee Brochure.

This information is current as of 29 September 2023 and is subject to change.

How MLC MySuper changes as you get older

All investments come with some risk. Some investment options will have more risk than others, as it depends on an option’s investment strategy and assets.

The value of an investment with a higher level of risk, ie more growth investments will tend to rise and fall more often and by greater amounts than defensive investments with lower levels of risk.

Our MLC MySuper investment option changes in line with your age. The graph shows how the balance of growth and defensive investments gradually changes depending on your age.

The percentage figures in the table above have been rounded to whole numbers.

Growth and defensive investments graph.

MLC MySuper dashboard

This MLC MySuper Dashboard can be used to compare MLC MySuper with other MySuper products. It’s designed to provide a snapshot of key information about our MLC MySuper and has been prepared in accordance with prescribed standard calculations.

Our Product Disclosure Statement provides more detailed information about the benefits and risks of investing in Plum Super.

If you have any questions or want to speak to a financial adviser before you make any changes to your investments, call us on 1300 557 586.

If you decide MLC MySuper is not right for you

It's always up to you when it comes to investing your super. We offer a range of portfolios if you want to select your own investment options.

Find out more by referring to your investment section by logging into the secure member area.

Important information

This document contains general information only and so doesn’t take into account your personal financial situation, objectives or individual needs. Before acting on the information you should consider whether it is appropriate having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. We recommend that you consider the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before you make any decisions about your superannuation. If you need any help in making a decision we recommend that you seek advice from a qualified financial adviser. To obtain a copy of the relevant PDS please contact us on 1300 557 586. NULIS Nominees (Australia) Limited ABN 80 008 515 633 AFSL 236465 is part of the Insignia Financial Group of Companies, comprising Insignia Financial Ltd ABN 49 100 103 722 and its related bodies corporate (Insignia Financial).