Superannuation savings keep expanding



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Australia’s pool of retirement savings grew by 10 per cent during the last financial year, according to the superannuation regulator.

New data from APRA has revealed that total superannuation assets increased from $2.1 trillion at 30 June 2016 to $2.3 trillion at June 2017 (see table below).

The assets in MySuper accounts – which are low-fee, no-frills accounts – jumped 25.5 per cent to $594.7 billion.

Self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) assets climbed 9.8 per cent to $696.7 billion.

However, there was no change in the share of Australia’s retirement savings that are held in SMSFs – 30.0 per cent.

Key statistics for the superannuation industry

June 2016 June 2017 Change
Superannuation assets $2.1 trillion $2.3 trillion 10.0%
MySuper assets $473.8 billion $594.7 billion 25.5%
SMSF assets $634.7 billion $696.7 billion 9.8%

Key statistics for entities with more than four members

June 2016 June 2017 Change
Total contributions $104.2 billion $116.9 billion 12.2%
Total benefit payments $64.7 billion $74.5 billion 15.1%
Net contribution flows $34.1 billion $38.6 billion 13.2%

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Not-for-profit funds producing better returns

APRA’s new statistics show that industry funds continue to outperform retail funds, according to Industry Super Australia, which is a lobby group for industry-owned superannuation funds.

Industry Super chief executive David Whiteley said he was alarmed by the performance gap (see table below).

“It is well known that not-for-profit industry super funds dominate the performance league tables. Less known is the apparent widening performance gap between industry and retail super funds,” he said.

“For those Australians who entrust their savings to a bank-owned super fund, the trend is alarming.” 

Superannuation guarantee scheduled to increase

Employees currently receive superannuation equivalent to 9.5 per cent of their salary each year.

But the superannuation guarantee is scheduled to rise to 12 per cent, as this table shows:

  • 1 July 2020 – 9.5 per cent
  • 1 July 2021 – 10 per cent
  • 1 July 2022 – 10.5 per cent
  • 1 July 2023 – 11 per cent
  • 1 July 2024 – 11.5 per cent
  • 1 July 2025 – 12 per cent

Click here to calculate how much superannuation you’ll have when you retire and how fees will affect your final payout.

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