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Stop 'tinkering' with super: Actuaries Institute

Stop 'tinkering' with super: Actuaries Institute

Scott Hodder
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The Actuaries Institute has called on the major political parties to put an end to their "short-term tinkering" with the superannuation system.

In a submission to the Financial System Inquiry, the Actuaries Institute recommended the government enshrine in legislation the objectives of superannuation.

“A coherent overarching framework will allow development of an efficient, long-term retirement incomes strategy and reduce the incidence of short-term policy changes,” said Actuaries Institute president Estelle Pearson.

“Constant short-term change and tinkering involves a significant and perhaps unnecessary cost for the industry and consumers to bear,” she added.

The Actuaries Institute submission also highlighted that 60 per cent of the current superannuation assets are held by those over the age of 50, and many will enter into the pension phase over the next 20 years.

The institute further highlighted the size of the system and its “impact on the wider economy” as the population ages and accumulation starts requires “careful policy planning”.

“Our own research, which will be released in April [2015], shows that while the superannuation system is maturing, it will not deliver more than a moderate standard of living for many retirees, particularly given increased life expectancy,” the submission said.

“Many of these people have not had a full career in which they could benefit from the current nine per cent superannuation guarantee.”

 

Stop 'tinkering' with super: Actuaries Institute
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