Superannuation Funds in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld

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The Superannuation Funds in Australia industry is being affected by regulatory changes that have caused the number of major funds to fall. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Superannuation Funds industry in Australia.

IBISWorld Market Research

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A number of funds have merged to realise cost efficiencies and lower fee structures.

Australia's Superannuation Funds industry forms the backbone of the nation's envied pension system. Three pillars support Australia's pension system: a means-tested age pension, compulsory super contributions (i.e. the Superannuation Guarantee) and voluntary super contribution schemes. The Superannuation Guarantee requires employers to contribute funds equal to 9.25% of their employees' incomes to the employees' choice of super fund. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Andrei Ivanov, “this system has resulted in the Australian Superannuation Funds industry growing to become the fourth-largest private pension fund market in the world, with almost $1.6 trillion in assets as at June 2013.”

Although the financial crisis stripped much of the industry's investment income, investment income rebounded in 2009-10 to offset the losses. However, revenue has remained at the mercy of the markets over the six years through 2013-14. During this period, industry revenue is forecast to grow by an annualised 44.6% to reach $344.7 billion. “The high revenue growth rate is almost entirely attributable to the volatility of the financial markets,” says Ivanov. Industry revenue is forecast to grow by 46.6% in 2013-14. The industry is characterised by low concentration.

Looking past the significant pull that financial markets have on superannuation, other important developments are evident in the Superannuation Funds industry. While the value of superannuation savings is rising, significant regulatory changes have caused the number of major super funds (i.e. those with five or more members) to fall to 305 in 2013-14. A number of funds have merged to realise cost efficiencies and lower fee structures. Meanwhile, the number of self-managed super funds has surged to 544,968 in 2013-14 as more people decide to take control of their retirement savings.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Superannuation Funds report in Australia industry page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

The Superannuation Funds industry provides retirement benefits to members and includes both large and small funds. Industry revenue is contributions and net investment revenue combined. Investment revenue is income earned from investments and capital gains or losses. Enterprises represent the major funds (i.e. super funds with five or more members), while establishments include all super funds.

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Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
Industry Globalisation
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call (03) 9655 3886.

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