What is an exchange traded fund (ETF)

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) offer access to a wide range of Australian and international companies through a selection of pre-mixed portfolios. They are structured like a managed fund and can be traded like shares on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Benefits of ETFs

  • Low cost
    Compared to other managed investments, ETFs offer a low cost way to invest in a wide range of Australian and international companies.
  • Easy to trade
    ETFs can be traded like shares on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) continuously throughout the day, online, and in real time.
  • Provides diversification
    You can use ETFs to spread your money over a range of securities, or gain exposure to a specific sector or investment group.

Available ETFs

Self Invest offers a variety of ETFs for you to choose from. A maximum of 85% of your total QSuper Accumulation or Retirement Income account balance can be held in ETFs, and maximum exposure limits apply to each (represented as a percentage of your total balance, at the time of transacting).1

Australian shares

ASX Code Description MER% Maximum exposure

VAS

Vanguard Australian Shares Index

0.10%

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

FAIR

BetaShares Australian Sustainability Leaders ETF

0.49%

50%

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

0.03%

No limit

VEU

Vanguard All-World ex-US Shares Index

0.09%

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

IXI

iShares Global Consumer Staples ETF

0.47%

No limit

IXJ

iShares Global Healthcare ETF

0.47%

No limit

ETHI

BetaShares Global Sustainability Leaders ETF

0.59%

50%

NDQ

BetaShares NASDAQ 100 ETF

0.48%

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%

GOLD

ETFS Physical Gold (unhedged)

0.40%

25%

Infrastructure

ASX Code Description MER% Maximum exposure

IFRA

Vaneck Vectors FTSE Global Infrastructure (Hedged) ETF

0.52%

25%

How much it costs

Fees apply for investing your super in Self Invest, and are also charged when you buy and sell an ETF. The fees will be deducted from your Self Invest transaction account. An ETF management fee also applies, which will be deducted from the ETF by the ETF manager before the return is declared. Find out more.

Risks of ETFs

As an asset class, ETFs are considered to be a high risk investment, however individual ETFs can carry a lower risk, such as one that invests in a diverse range of bonds. When you invest in ETFs, you need to be prepared to accept a level of volatility and the possibility of negative returns.

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


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