How much super will I need?

There’s no single figure that describes how much superannuation you will need. It depends on your retirement goals, the age you retire and your likely life expectancy.

What sort of retirement are you planning?

As a guide to how much you may need in super, a ‘retirement living standard’ is produced by the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA). It describes two types of retirement lifestyles – ‘modest’ and ‘comfortable’.

A modest retirement lifestyle is considered better than the Age Pension, but you may only be able to afford basic activities and items, such as one or two short breaks in Australia each year, infrequently eating out at restaurants, reasonable clothes, owning an older, less reliable car and not having budget for home improvements. 

A comfortable retirement lifestyle enables a healthy retiree to be involved in a broad range of leisure and recreational activities and to have a good standard of living with the financial capacity to afford private health insurance, a reasonable car, good clothes, a range of electronic equipment, and domestic and occasionally international holiday travel.

Both lifestyles assume retirees own their own home outright and are relatively healthy.

As at the December quarter 2015, the ASFA Retirement Living Standard found a couple aged 65 leading a modest retirement lifestyle would need an annual income of about $34,226. For a comfortable lifestyle, the same couple would need an annual income of $59,236. In order to achieve a comfortable standard of living in retirement, the couple would need minimum super savings at retirement of around $640,000.

Working longer could stretch your super further

The age at which you retire will have an impact on how much superannuation you may need. The longer you can remain in the workforce, the more you delay relying on super as a source of income. It also means more time to grow your super. Employer Superannuation Guarantee contributions, currently set at 9.5% of your base wage or salary, may be received by an Australian super fund regardless of the member’s age.

Your life expectancy

None of us know exactly how long we will live for however increasing life expectancies may mean you could be in retirement for 20 or 30 years or longer. Your superannuation can continue to support you over this period though without sufficient funds, you could face the possibility of outlasting your nest egg.

To learn more about how much super you will need, contact us to speak to a BT Adviser
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This information is current as at 15/08/2016.

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