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When you give your hard-earned money to a superannuation fund, you have the right to assume they will do the best possible job of managing those savings for your retirement.

In 2018, the royal commission into banking revealed unacceptable behaviour from big bank-owned super funds including boosting their revenues by ripping customers off with uncompetitive interest rates on their cash investments.

We have commenced the first in a wave of class actions to help get victims of 'super cash rip-offs' their money back. Our class action against the Commonwealth Bank and its Colonial First State superannuation fund alleges that the fund breached the trust of its members by investing their retirement savings with its parent bank - despite the fact they didn't offer the best interest rates.

What you need to know about the Colonial First State class action

The first in our wave of class actions is for Colonial First State members who opted for a 'cash' or 'term deposit' investment option and had their savings automatically invested with the Commonwealth Bank.

Those eligible include current and former members of:

  • FirstChoice Personal Super
  • FirstChoice Pension
  • FirstChoice Wholesale Personal Super
  • FirstChoice Wholesale Pension
  • FirstChoice Employer Super

The only stipulation is that you selected the FirstRate Saver, FirstRate Saver Select or FirstRate Term Deposit investment option.

This class action will also cover current and former members of Commonwealth Essential Super who fall into the Cash Deposit, Balanced or Lifestage investment options.

On 2 June 2019, the class action was expanded to include current and former members of the Colonial First State FirstWrap superannuation product.

Other class actions

Slater and Gordon has now launched five class actions as part of our Get Your Super Back campaign. We have class actions against AMP, BT and ANZ OnePath, and two against Colonial First State. We plan to launch more class actions against big bank-owned super funds that we allege have rorted the system to boost their own profits instead of looking after their members.

If you think you’ve been ripped off, make sure you check out our Get Your Super Back home page for more updates.

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