Journal article

Retirement Saving in Australia

Garry F Barrett, Yi-Ping Tseng

CANADIAN PUBLIC POLICY-ANALYSE DE POLITIQUES | CANADIAN PUBLIC POLICY | Published : 2008

Abstract

Australia's retirement income system has two distinctive features: a means-tested public pension, and a policy mandating private retirement saving. These programs have gained increasing international attention as countries address the challenges posed by population aging. In this paper the institutional features of the retirement income system in Australia are outlined and contrasted to the Canadian retirement income system, with an emphasis on private incentives to save. The savings behaviour of current Australian retirees is examined, and the expectations of future retirees considered. Lessons from the Australian experience are drawn, which may inform Canada and other countries as they ref..

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