You are here

Superannuation Knowledge and Plan Behaviour

Young family at home

Julie R. Agnew, Hazel Bateman, and Susan Thorp

This paper presents new evidence from a national survey of non-retired individuals with superannuation accounts between the ages of 25 and 65. Fielded in June of 2012, the survey responses suggest that Australians often are ill informed about many important features of the superannuation system. This lack of retirement system knowledge is consistent with findings in other countries.

Specifically, the survey suggests that Australian respondents are most challenged by questions associated with the access age to their superannuation savings, the risky composition of balanced funds (a popular default investment option), and the tax treatment of superannuation contributions and investments.

PDF icon Download (1.12 MB)