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Colonial First State

PRI reporting framework 2019

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Basic information

OO 01. Signatory category and services

01.1. Select the services and funds you offer

Select the services and funds you offer
% of asset under management (AUM) in ranges
Fund management
Fund of funds, manager of managers, sub-advised products
Total 100%

Further options (may be selected in addition to the above)

01.2. Additional information. [Optional]

Colonial First State Investments Limited (CFSIL) as a Responsible Entity and Registrable Superannuation Entity offers a wide range of investment, superannuation and pension products - including Commonwealth Essential Super, FirstChoice Wholesale and Retail Super, FirstChoice Wholesale and Retail Pension and FirstChoice Employer Super, which each feature a range of options. 

These options invest across a variety of investment styles and asset classes and include multi-sector index, multi-sector multi-manager, single-sector multi-manager, and single-sector single-manager. The asset allocation, portfolio construction and manager selection of the multi-sector index, multi-sector multi-manager and single-sector multi-manager funds is undertaken by CFSIL. 

Single-sector single-manager funds are offered on a discretionary basis and are sub-advised by a wide variety of external funds managers.

Across all of our funds over 3/4 of our managers are PRI signatories.  

OO 02. Headquarters and operational countries

02.1. Select the location of your organisation’s headquarters.


02.2. Indicate the number of countries in which you have offices (including your headquarters).

02.3. Indicate the approximate number of staff in your organisation in full-time equivalents (FTE).

1119 FTE

02.4. Additional information. [Optional]



OO 03. Subsidiaries that are separate PRI signatories

03.1. Indicate whether you have subsidiaries within your organisation that are also PRI signatories in their own right.

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]

Colonial First State Investments Limited, this signatory, is  a subsidiary of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. . 

Colonial First State Investments Limited has distribution partnerships with Acadian, Milliman, Generation, Aspect, Baillie Gifford and Affirmative Investment Management but these are not subsidiaries of CFSIL.  All except for Milliman are signatories to PRI.

OO 04. Reporting year and AUM

04.1. Indicate the year end date for your reporting year.


04.2. Indicate your total AUM at the end of your reporting year.

Include the AUM of subsidiaries, but exclude advisory/execution only assets, and exclude the assets of your PRI signatory subsidiaries that you have chosen not to report on in OO 03.2
Total AUM
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds
Assets in USD
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds

04.4. Indicate the total assets at the end of your reporting year subject to an execution and/or advisory approach.

04.5. Additional information. [Optional]

We have expanded our reporting from last year so that it now covers all assets for which CFSIL is Responsible Entity. 

OO 06. How would you like to disclose your asset class mix

06.1. Select how you would like to disclose your asset class mix.

Internally managed (%)
Externally managed (%)


Listed equity 0 0 >50% 69.75
Fixed income 0 0 10-50% 21
Private equity 0 0 0 0
Property 0 0 0 0
Infrastructure 0 0 <10% 0.25
Commodities 0 0 0 0
Hedge funds 0 0 0 0
Fund of hedge funds 0 0 <10% 2
Forestry 0 0 0 0
Farmland 0 0 0 0
Inclusive finance 0 0 0 0
Cash 0 0 <10% 7
Money market instruments 0 0 0 0
Other (1), specify 0 0 0 0
Other (2), specify 0 0 0 0

06.2. Publish asset class mix as per attached image [Optional].

06.3. Indicate whether your organisation has any off-balance sheet assets [Optional].

06.5. Indicate whether your organisation uses fiduciary managers.

06.6. Provide contextual information on your AUM asset class split. [Optional]

Our allocation to direct infrastructure is within our MySuper product and within the younger cohorts only. A small allocation in percentage terms it has grown to $250 M since 2018.

Within our listed equity allocation we include Australian and global equities, listed property securities and listed infrastructure securities.

OO 07. Fixed income AUM breakdown (Private)

OO 08. Segregated mandates or pooled funds (Private)

OO 09. Breakdown of AUM by market

09.1. Indicate the breakdown of your organisation’s AUM by market.

94 Developed Markets
6 Emerging Markets
0 Frontier Markets
0 Other Markets
Total 100% 100%

09.2. Additional information. [Optional]