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Economic security for women in retirement

The FPA is pleased that the Senate Economics References Committee report on the economic security of women in retirement has, for the most part, followed our recommendations. Specifically, the Committee has recommended that:

  • The Superannuation Guarantee be paid on the Commonwealth Paid Parental Leave Scheme; and that mechanisms for improving the retirement incomes of carers be examined.
  • The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 is amended to ensure companies are able to make higher superannuation payments for their female employees when they wish to do so. As part of this process, the Australian Human Rights Commission should develop guidelines and advice for any organisation contemplating providing additional superannuation payments for women.
  • All government policy analysis in relation to retirement incomes include specific analysis comparing the impact of each proposal on men and women. In addition, it is recommended that the government abandon its proposal to increase the Age Pension retirement eligibility age to 70 and maintain the current method of indexation and benchmarking for the Age Pension.

The Committee have also recommended that:

  • The objectives of superannuation specifically refer to women’s retirement incomes, ‘to ensure gender equity is a continuing focus for policymakers’.
  • Superannuation tax concessions be better targeted to assist people with lower super balances to achieve a comfortable retirement.
  • The Superannuation Guarantee percentage be increased faster than currently scheduled.
  • The Superannuation Guarantee exemption for those receiving less than $450 per month be removed.

Read the full report