Our health, our wealth: the impact of ill health on retirement savings in Australia

Some Australian workers are forced into early retirement as a result of unforeseen illnesses. For these Australians, early retirement decreases their superannuation balances, their long-term wealth and the quality of their retirement over the long-term.

Retiring into poverty

This document outlines the issues facing older women living in housing insecurity or homelessness and identifies needed changes to policies and programs.

Australian government response to the Senate Economics References Committee report: ‘A husband is not a retirement plan’: Achieving economic security for women in retirement

In this government response document, the Australian government asserts that it is committed to women’s economic empowerment by ensuring workplace diversity and flexibility, flexible and affordable child care, increasing the incentives for women to work, and getting women into the jobs of the future.

'A husband is not a retirement plan': Achieving economic security for women in retirement

Many Australian women face an insecure retirement. Men's superannuation balances at retirement are on average twice as large as women's. In practice this means that women, particularly single women, are at greater risk of experiencing poverty, housing stress and homelessness in retirement.

Pathways to housing tax reform

This research is the final report of the AHURI inquiry into ‘Pathways to Housing Tax Reform in Australia.’ It features real-world modelling and implementation time frames to steer tax settings that progress the efficiency, equity and sustainability of housing tax policy, and also presents meaningful...

Planning to be productive: the detailed retirement planning strategies of Australian pre-retirees

Australia’s ageing population has resulted in a large cohort of Australians approaching retirement. Policy responses have recognised the significance of this, seeking to strengthen the labour force participation of older Australians to, in part, meet the fiscal challenges of an ageing population. The nature of...

Seniors sentiment index

The ageing of the Australian population presents numerous opportunities and it is important to understand how senior Australians view different aspects of their own lives, as well as life in Australia more generally. A summary index is a valuable means of understanding the sentiment of...

What next? Workforce transitions and retirement planning among Australian pre-retirees

The ageing of the Australian population is resulting in an increasing proportion of the workforce being comprised of mature age people as stated in this report by National Seniors Australia. In the coming years, many of these older workers will cease employment and enter retirement...

Ageing baby boomers in Australia: informing actions for better retirement

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...

Financial wellbeing: concerns and choices among older Australians

This survey report discusses how older Australians face a range of risks that can impact on their financial security in retirement. How much does a retiree need for future expenditure?; if they live longer than expected will the money set aside be sufficient?; will their...