How much do you need to save for retirement?

After an extensive consultation process, new retirement savings targets for homeowners are ready to help Australians get started on their retirement plan.

This is a media release from Super Consumers Australia. It was originally published on 18th July, 2022.

“Among the most important financial questions retirement-planning Australians face is how much they need to save and what income those savings will deliver in retirement. These new retirement targets are designed to help people answer these questions. They provide a solid ‘rule of thumb’ for what is needed to maintain your living standards when you’re retired,” says Xavier O’Halloran, Super Consumers Australia Director.

Super Consumers Australia’s consultation engaged consumers, academics, regulators, industry experts and superannuation funds. We received feedback from over 30 organisations and broad support that our targets will be a useful tool to help Australians plan for retirement. 

“Our goal is to improve consumer and industry understanding of people’s retirement needs through industry wide adoption of the targets and the underlying assumptions and research.”

“These savings targets are based on what people spend in retirement with a buffer built in to provide confidence that people’s savings can weather the type of market volatility we’re currently experiencing. Having credible targets, based on actual spending, means people can confidently spend and get on with enjoying their retirement.”

“These targets come at a time when the superannuation industry is grappling with the needs of consumers who are approaching retirement. As part of the Retirement Income Covenant, we would expect funds to be using these targets to help members make sense of their retirement income needs.”

This research was supported by a philanthropic grant from Ecstra Foundation. Ecstra is committed to building the financial wellbeing of Australians within a fair financial system.

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