A defining characteristic of present-day Australia is the large number of baby boomers – those born between 1946 and 1965 – who are retiring or approaching retirement from paid employment. Just as the baby boomers’ previous major life events, such as being employed and childbearing, have significantly impacted on Australia’s economy and society, so too will their transition to post-employment life. It is therefore surprising that such little is known about baby boomers and their transition from working life to retirement.
This report fills this research gap by examining the transition from a range of perspectives: the process of retiring and how this impacts on wellbeing and unpaid productivity in retirement, how people prepare for retirement and how this may impact on quality of life, and how retirees experiences compare with workers’ expectation of retirement. The report also analyses how retirement expectations are shaped by the economic, social and policy context in Australia, and how it compares with the US.
Notable findings from the report include that good health, economic resources, and personal autonomy are very important in influencing how baby boomers transition, prepare and experience retirement. Further, baby boomers have been shown to be adaptable to challenging and changing economic and social conditions, such as the Global Financial Crisis and increasing longevity. This is the final NSPAC report from the Ageing Baby Boomers