Essential Report

Main source of retirement income

Apr 8, 2015

Q. After you reach retirement age, what do you expect will be your main source of income?

  Total   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+   Dec 2013
The Government age pension 25% 24% 27% 15% 28% 42% 27%
Your superannuation 39% 39% 39% 44% 33% 40% 43%
Other investments 15% 20% 10% 17% 16% 11% 15%
Other 2% 2% 2% 1% 2% 5% 2%
Don’t know 19% 16% 23% 23% 22% 2% 12%

39% expect their superannuation will be their main form of income after retirement and 25% will mainly rely in the age pension. 42% of those aged 55+ expect to rely on the age pension compared to 15% of those aged 18-34.

Of those on higher incomes ($1,600+ pw), only 13% expect to rely on the age pension – 49% expect superannuation to be their main source of income and 20% said they would rely on other investments.

The main change since this question was asked in December 2013 was that those who “don’t know” has increased from 12% to 19%.

Attention paid to retirement arrangements

Jul 22, 2014

Q. In general, how much attention do you pay to arrangements for your retirement income, such as your superannuation returns and fees, wealth management and other forms of long-term savings? 

 

Total

 

Men

Women

Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+

 

Mar 14

A lot of attention

15%

14%

15%

4%

12%

31%

21%

Some attention

33%

36%

31%

28%

37%

35%

35%

Not much attention

29%

29%

29%

39%

30%

14%

27%

None at all

16%

14%

19%

20%

13%

16%

15%

Don’t know

7%

7%

7%

9%

8%

3%

3%

15% say they pay a lot of attention to arrangements for retirement income and a further 33% say they pay some attention. 45% pay no or not much attention.  This indicates somewhat less attention being paid to retirement income that when this question was asked in March.

Interest in retirement income increases with age – 31% of those aged 55+ are paying a lot of attention compared to just 4% of those aged 18-34.

Those on higher incomes also pay more attention to their retirement income – 54% of those earning $1,600+ pw are paying a lot or some attention compared to 42% of those earning under $600 pw.

Main retirement income

Dec 3, 2013

Q. After you reach retirement age, what do you expect will be your main source of income?

 

Total

 

Men

Women

 

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

The Government age pension

27%

25%

29%

20%

26%

45%

Your superannuation

43%

49%

38%

49%

43%

33%

Other investments

15%

14%

16%

18%

15%

11%

Other

2%

1%

2%

1%

1%

5%

Don’t know

12%

11%

14%

12%

15%

7%

* Excludes already retired or not working

43% expect their superannuation will be their main form of income after retirement and 27% will mainly rely in the age pension. 45% of those aged 55+ expect to rely on the age pension compared to 20% of those aged 18-34.

Of those on higher incomes ($1,600+ pw), only 15% expect to rely on the age pension – 54% expect superannuation to be their main source of income and 23% said they would rely on other investments.

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