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Policy report

The Superannuation Guarantee: why we need 12 per cent

This report shows the compelling body of evidence that it is in the best financial interests of all current and future workers in Australia, and the broader Australian economy, that the scheduled Superannuation Guarantee increases to 12 per cent, as planned.
Policy report

Implications of the Retirement Income Review: public advocacy of private profligacy?

The recent Retirement Income Review (RIR) implies policies that would reduce after-tax returns to super saving, encourage faster spending of life savings and of equity in the family home, and minimise bequests. This paper argues that the RIR relies on contested Treasury ‘tax expenditure’ estimates...
Working paper

Responding to Callaghan: completing Australia's retirement income system

The Retirement Income Review (Callaghan) report concluded that the Australian retirement income system is effective, sound and its costs are broadly sustainable. This paper examines the report's suggested 'optimal use' of superannuation savings, suggesting it is not in fact practicable and proposing alternative drawdown arrangements...
Report

Retirement planning, saving and attitudes: survey report

This report informed the work of the 2020 Retirement Income Review, by presenting results from an online survey about retirement planning, saving and attitudes.
Report

Retirement Income Review: final report

This review report covers the current state of the superannuation system and how it will perform in the future as Australians live longer and the population ages. The review considered the incentives for people to self-fund their retirement, the fiscal sustainability of the system, the...
Policy report

Your future, your super

Australia’s $3 trillion superannuation system is the fourth largest in the world and is responsible for managing the retirement savings of 16 million Australians. This document outlines some reform options to make the superannuation system better for members.
Working paper

Does the early release of retirement savings prolong labour market participation for workers approaching retirement? Evidence from Australia's 'Transition to Retirement Income Streams' program

The Transition to Retirement Income Streams (TRIS) program is a novel approach to incentivise the labour supply of older workers. This paper considers the effect of the program in the context of a life cycle model and empirically examines the effects on labour supply and...
Report

Retirement income review modelling - fiscal results

Industry Super Australia (ISA), in the context of the federal government’s Retirement Income Review, commissioned this research from Rice Warner to assess the impacts of various policy options utilising their comprehensive econometric model of the Australian superannuation system.
Report

Super in the economy 2020

This report shows industry super funds’ investment performance has added billions of dollars to members’ retirement savings and deepened Australia's national savings pool, helping protect the economy during downturns. The report includes forecasts based on the present legislated scenario of small, incremental increases in the...
Report

Responsible investment benchmark report: 2020 Australia

This report details the size, growth, depth and performance of the Australian responsible investment market over 12 months to 31 December 2019 and compares these results with the broader Australian financial market.