What’s an ETF?

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) offer exposure to the Australian and international markets, without having to select the companies you want to invest in yourself. ETFs are traded like shares, but structured like a managed fund.

Often an ETF will be made up of companies representing a particular market index (like the S&P/ASX 200 ETF, for example). It’s also common for an ETF to be structured to hold particular assets – international shares, for example, or listed property.

It’s a great way to gain exposure to a specific sector or asset class and diversify your investment strategy.

The table below shows the maximum exposure limit that applies to each ETF, and represents a percentage of your total QSuper Accumulation or QSuper standard Income account balance, at the time of transacting.

Here are the ETFs we offer.1

Australian shares

ASX Code Description MER% Maximum exposure

VAS

Vanguard Australian Shares Index

0.14%

No limit

VSO

Vanguard MSCI Australian Small Companies Index

0.30%

No limit

ILC

iShares S&P/ASX 20 ETF

0.24%

No limit

STW

SPDR S&P/ASX 200 ETF

0.19%

No limit

VHY

Vanguard Australian Shares High Yield

0.25%

No limit

Listed property

ASX Code Description MER% Maximum exposure

VAP

Vanguard Australian Properties Securities Index

0.23%

25%

DJRE

Dow Jones Global Real Estate Fund

0.50%

25%

International shares

ASX Code Description MER% Maximum exposure

VTS

Vanguard US Total Market Shares Index

0.04%

No limit

VEU

Vanguard All-World ex-US Shares Index

0.11%

No limit

WDIV

SPDR S&P Global Dividend Fund

0.50%

No limit

VGE

Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets Shares ETF

0.48%

50%

VGS

Vanguard MSCI Index International Shares

0.18%

No limit

VGAD

Vanguard MSCI Index International Shares (Hedged)

0.21%

No limit

IOO

iShares Global 100 ETF

0.40%

No limit

Fixed income and cash

ASX Code Description MER% Maximum exposure

VGB

Vanguard Australian Government Bond Index

0.20%

25%

VCF

Vanguard International Credit Securities index (Hedged) ETF

0.30%

25%

VIF

Vanguard international Fixed Interest Index (Hedged) ETF

0.20%

25%

IAF

iShares Core Composite Bond ETF

0.20%

25%

ILB

iShares Government Inflation ETF

0.26%

25%

Commodities

ASX Code Description MER% Maximum exposure

QAU

BetaShares Gold Bullion ETF - Currency Hedged

0.59%

25%

Need more information?

You can find out more about ETFs in the Self Invest Guide, and the Self Invest Australian Shares and ETFs factsheet.


1. The ETFs available through Self Invest could change from time to time.