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CEPAR researchers speaking at national roundtables on Australia’s Retirement Income System


CEPAR Investigators are speaking at the Council on the Ageing’s (COTA) National Policy Forum on Retirement Income Policy on 26 February, as well as at the Roundtable on ‘Completing Australia’s Retirement Income System: Implications of the Retirement Income Review Report’ convened by the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia on 4 March.

The future of retirement income policy – including pensions, superannuation and the role of housing – will come under the spotlight as Australian decisionmakers and policy experts canvass the implications of the Retirement Income Review at COTA’s National Policy Forum on 26 February.

Headlined by the Treasurer The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for Superannuation Senator The Hon Jane Hume and Shadow Minister Stephen Jones MP and members of the Retirement Income Review Panel, the Forum will feature leaders from the financial services, academic, community and workforce sectors, including CEPAR Deputy Director Professor Hazel Bateman and CEPAR Director Scientia Professor John Piggott.

Professor Bateman will be discussing retirement income streams in a panel comprising COTA Chief Executive and CEPAR Advisory Board member Ian Yates, and Challenger Retirement Income Chair Jeremy Cooper.

Scientia Professor Piggott will join a panel on pensions, tax concessions and personal responsibility with ACOSS Principal Advisory Dr Peter Davidson, Mercer Senior Partner Dr David Knox and Statistician and Retirement Income Modeller Phil Gallagher.

COTA CE Ian Yates says the Forum will explore evidence-based solutions to sustaining the nation’s retirement system that guarantee all Australians adequacy, equity and dignity as they age.

On 4 March, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Tax and Transfers Policy Institute and the Social Policy Institute will jointly convene a Roundtable of academic and industry experts and senior government officials to discuss the findings and implications of the Retirement Income Review Report.

Aimed to explore the Report with a view to identifying the measures still needed, based on the Report’s findings, experts presenting at the Roundtable include CEPAR researchers Professor Hazel Bateman, Scientia Professor John Piggott and Professor Peter Whiteford.

Scientia Professor Piggott will be presenting an overview of the Retirement Income Review Report, including key messages, questions and issues; Professor Bateman will be discussing together with Dr David Knox, Mercer Senior Partner and founder of the CFA Mercer Global Pension Index, the optimal use of superannuation savings consistent with the system’s objective; and Professor Whiteford will be speaking about protecting vulnerable groups.

The Academy will release a summary report following the event.