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Retirement Saving in Australia

  • Garry Barrett
  • Yi-Ping Tseng

Australia’s retirement income system has several distinctive features – most notably a policy of government mandated private saving and a means-tested Age Pension – which have gained increasing international attention. This paper provides an overview of the institutional features of the retirement income system in Australia, including details of the development and operation of the policy of forced retirement saving. The role of the different tiers of system in accounting for the income of the current cohort of seniors is examined using the Australian Bureau of Statistics Household Expenditure Survey. The economic position of adjacent, younger cohorts is also considered. The final section canvasses a selection of reform proposals emerging from the public debate over the future of Australia’s retirement income system.

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Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers with number 177.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2007
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Handle: RePEc:mcm:sedapp:177
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