Choice and convenience

Direct access to a wide range of shares, term deposits, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) with the ability to buy and sell online in real time, whenever it suits you.

Access expert opinion

Make informed investment decisions with access to up-to-date market research and data, including watchlists and customised trading alerts.

Control your costs

No set up costs, and you can control the other costs and tax you pay based on how you manage your investments.

Choose your own investment strategy

Self Invest allows you to tailor your own investment strategy by combining QSuper’s investment options with:

Investment group

Australian shares Choose to invest in shares from some of Australia's largest companies listed on the S&P/ASX 300.
Term deposits If you want to know exactly what rate of return you’ll get on your super investment, you can choose term deposits from some of Australia's major banks. Investment terms range from 30 to 365 days.
Exchange traded funds (ETFs) Access a wide range of Australian and international companies through a selection of pre-mixed portfolios, much like a managed fund that can be traded like shares on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Self Invest fees

As Self Invest is set up differently to other QSuper investment options, the fees are also different.
The costs of managing your Self Invest account include our capped administration fee, access fees, cash management fees, brokerage fees, and ETF management fees.


Find out more about Self Invest fees.

Is Self Invest right for you?

Before moving your money to Self Invest, there are a few things to keep in mind. There’s a level of risk that comes with handling your investments yourself. As with any investment, there’s the potential to incur losses and the performance in Self Invest will depend on your management skills, the investments you choose, and the decisions you make. When choosing your investment strategy, getting some professional guidance can help.

How to get started

If you decide that Self Invest is the right investment option for you, you'll need to:

  • Be a QSuper member with a balance of $20,000 or more in your Accumulation or Retirement Income account
  • Be registered for Member Online
  • Transfer $5,000 or more to Self Invest.1

QSuper transaction account

When you move money to Self Invest, we will create a transaction account for you. You will use this account to hold your funds as you buy and sell shares, term deposits and ETFs, and this is also where your investment returns will be applied and from where we deduct fees.

Money in this account will earn interest and we will allocate returns to your account monthly.

Transaction account interest as at 3 July 2019 1.00%

We credit interest monthly, in arrears and after any applicable taxes and fees have been deducted.

Find out more from our Self Invest Guide (pdf).

Self Invest tools and resources

The Self Invest platform provides plenty of information and tools to support you in your investment decisions. You have access to comprehensive share research and market commentary from researchers UBS Securities Australia Ltd and Morningstar, including:

  • Share prices available in real time
  • Data and commentary covering Australian markets, local industries, and companies
  • Analysis and recommendations for Australian companies
  • Watchlists to keep an eye on the shares you're interested in buying or selling
  • Customised trading alerts with updates on corporate actions and dividend announcements.

We also offer a range of resources on our website including a dedicated Investments section of News Hub.

Self Invest FAQs Hide all

If you have a Self Invest Accumulation account, you can transfer the money you have in Self Invest to a Retirement Income account. You don't need to sell your portfolio or break the investments you hold in Self Invest. Because the investments are transferred, rather than sold, there's no capital gains tax to pay. You can then continue to invest in shares, ETFs, and term deposits from your Retirement Income account.

Keep in mind that if you transfer funds from a Retirement Income account to an Accumulation account, you'll need to sell your investments. If you decide to move everything over and sell all of your investments, you also need to close the Self Invest option.

While Self Invest gives you the freedom to tailor your own investment strategy, it isn't for everyone. Here are some of the things to think about before registering for Self Invest:

  • The risk of loss will be greater if you choose not to diversify your investments over a number of different asset classes and sectors
  • If you're investing in shares, there's always a risk that prices may go down in the short to medium-term
  • If the market is down and you need to access your money quickly, you may be forced to sell your investments at a loss
  • If you don't have the time, resources, or expertise to devote to your investment, you may not get the returns you're after.

Self Invest gives you many of the same benefits, control, and flexibility of a self-managed super fund (SMSF).

While you still have complete control over how you invest your super, you don't need to worry about the administration, compliance and reporting obligations that you would usually take care of yourself with an SMSF. Self Invest members also have access to customised trading alerts and market research from experts.

Keep in mind there are limits around how much of your super you can invest in shares and ETFs through Self Invest.

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1. There are conditions that apply to the ongoing management of your investments (1) If you have an Accumulation account, you need to keep a minimum of $10,000 invested in one or more of our other QSuper investment options and (2) If you have a Retirement Income account, you’ll need at least 13 months of your current income payments in one or more of our other investment options.