THE Retirement Income Review released today provides a valuable baseline of data against which to measure the performance of Australian retirement income and superannuation systems.
The Financial Services Council (FSC) has welcomed the considered contribution to the policy debate from the panel of independent experts and notes their conclusion that Australia’s retirement income system is ‘effective sound and its costs are broadly sustainable.
The review made the important conclusion that government expenditure on the Age Pension as a proportion of GDP is projected to fall over the next 40 years to around 2.3 percent and that higher superannuation balances reduce Age Pension costs. In effect, the superannuation system is delivering on its objectives.
FSC CEO Sally Loane said, “The FSC acknowledges the review’s emphasis on using retirement savings more efficiently, and we support implementing the Retirement Income Covenant for trustees. In the context of our successful system, however, we urge the government to also consider carefully whether any changes to the schedule increase in the superannuation guarantee to 12 percent would be in Australians’ best interests.
“The independent review, and the Productivity Commission inquiry that proceeded it, both emphasised that consumers have a right to expect our retirement and superannuation systems are efficient,” Ms Loane said.
She said the FSC recognised there was more work to be done to make the retirement system more efficient, including finalising the government’s recently announced ‘Your Future, Your Super’ reforms, which if implemented carefully will help ensure our mandatory superannuation system is efficient and competitive.
A copy of the Retirement Income Review can be found at: https://treasury.gov.au/publication/p2020-100554