About AIST

Who are we?

The Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees is a national not-for-profit organisation and is the principal advocate and peak representative body for the $1.3 trillion profit-to-member superannuation sector. AIST plays a key role in policy development and is a leading provider of research.

AIST provides professional training and support for trustees and fund staff to help them meet the challenges of managing superannuation funds and advancing the interests of their fund members.

Each year, AIST hosts the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds (CMSF), in addition to numerous other industry conferences and events.

Why do we exist?

To deliver a better retirement future by leading, supporting and advocating for profit-to-member superannuation funds.

Who do we serve?

Our members are the trustee directors and staff of the profit-to-member superannuation funds – industry, corporate and government – who employ a representative governance model.

What’s the profit-to-member super difference?

Profit-to-member superannuation funds are set up to return profits to members only and always put members’ best interests first.

As the peak representative body of profit-to-member funds, AIST’s views are similarly always member-oriented. The members’ first culture that is unique to profit-to-member funds drives our decision making and is always the focus of our advocacy work.

View our 2017-2019 strategic plan.

For more information on who we are and why we are different, please watch the video below:




  • We are accountable for consistent delivery and execution
  • We are passionate about building strong, long-lasting member and stakeholder relationships and delivering outcomes
  • We are honest, reliable and trustworthy and embrace diversity

Team Spirited

  • We proactively collaborate across all of AIST for better solutions
  • We are willing to help and support our fellow staff members


  • We maintain a happy office atmosphere
  • We celebrate team and organisational achievements
  • We encourage positive wellbeing amongst staff

Can Do

  • We approach all tasks with a positive and open-minded attitude
  • We are willing to go above and beyond in our roles
  • We are proactive when dealing with colleagues, members and all other stakeholders


  • We anticipate and act on future trends for the benefit of our members
  • We provide leadership and champion new ideas
  • We make everyday changes to continually improve AIST

AIST is a proud member of the World Pension Alliance.

The World Pension Alliance (WPA) is a collective organization made up to be the main advocacy associations representing pension plans and providers around the world, including Europe, the United States of America, Canada, Latin America, and Australia.

World pension alliance