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If you're looking for shorter-term stability with some growth exposure, our Conservative option may suit you.

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As at 31 December 2023 (updated quarterly)

4.7% p.a.

Returns over the last 10 years1

3+ years

Suggested timeframe

0.67% p.a.

Fees (p.a.) + admin fees and costs


If you want shorter-term stability with some exposure to investments that will potentially give higher returns, you may be interested in our Conservative option.

Be aware that in return for shorter-term stability, you may be sacrificing the potential for higher long-term returns.

Investment objective2

Investment objective for Accumulation and Transition to Retirement (TTR) Income accounts: CPI + 1.5% p.a.
Investment objective for Retirement Income accounts: CPI + 2.0% p.a.

Option size

Super assets: $3.0 billion
Pension assets: $1.6 billion


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Expected number of years of negative returns over any 20-year period: 1 to less than 2. The risk is based on the standard risk measure (SRM).

Conservative performance overview

As at 31 December 20231 (updated quarterly)

Australian Retirement Trust’s Conservative option produced a 2.6% return for the December quarter and a 6.1% return over the year to December 2023. Longer term returns are above the option’s CPI plus 1.5% return objective, with the Conservative option posting returns of 4.7% p.a. over the 10 years to the end of December 2023.

Over the final quarter of 2023, financial markets were buoyed by better news on inflation across a range of economies as well as signs that official interest rates were at or close to a peak and likely to fall over the coming year.

Share and bond returns – both Australian and international - were very strong, although a rise in the Australian dollar against a range of developed and emerging market currencies detracted from the returns of unhedged international shares over the quarter.

In the SuperRatings survey for December 2023, the performance of Australian Retirement Trust’s Conservative option was behind the median fund over one year, and ahead of the median fund over 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10 years to the end of December 2023.

Accumulation accounts Retirement Income accounts3
10 years (p.a.) 4.7% 5.3%
7 years (p.a.) 4.5% 5.0%
5 years (p.a.) 4.4% 5.0%
3 years (p.a.) 3.8% 4.2%
1 year 6.1% 7.0%
3 months 2.6% 2.9%

Past performance isn't a reliable indicator of future performance. Returns shown are after investment fees and costs, transaction costs, and investment taxes (where relevant) but before admin fees and costs.

Conservative asset allocations

As at 31 December 2023 (updated quarterly)


Asset allocations4
Australian shares
International shares
Private Equity
Fixed Income
Alternative Strategies
Total 100%

Outlook and strategy

As at 31 December 2023 (updated quarterly)

We do not design portfolios based on our own or anyone else’s short-term economic, market or geopolitical forecasts. However, our investment team and our external investment managers do seek to capitalise on opportunities that inevitably emerge during times of heightened market volatility.

At the end of 2023, our asset allocation slightly favoured shares over bonds. Within our shares allocation, we preferred Japanese, UK and European shares over shares in the US and Australia. In fixed income, we remain underweight European and Japanese bonds; we are broadly neutral on US bonds and remain modestly overweight UK and Australian bonds.

ART continues to hold a substantial allocation to the key unlisted asset classes – real estate, infrastructure, private equity and private debt. We have well-diversified portfolios of these assets that we expect will deliver strong, long-term returns, while reducing our members’ exposure to share market volatility – particularly during challenging market environments.

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  1. Past performance isn't a reliable indicator of future performance. Returns shown are after investment fees and costs, transaction costs, and investment taxes (where relevant) but before admin fees and costs. Returns shown are for Accumulation accounts. Returns up to 28 February 2022 are for Sunsuper, and after that are for Australian Retirement Trust using the same products.
  2. When reading the objectives and/or risks please also read the information in the Super Savings Investment Guide under 'Risks of our investment options' and 'Important information about expected returns'.
  3. Tax generally doesn't apply to investment earnings in Retirement Income accounts.
  4. For additional information on these asset classes, strategic asset allocations, and allowable ranges, read the Super Savings Investment Guide. Note that the effective asset allocation takes into account both the physical exposures to assets along with the effective market exposure from derivative instruments such as futures. These instruments are used by Australian Retirement Trust to bring effective market exposures closer to those represented by each option’s strategic asset allocation.