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How much do I need?

Big ideas for retirement? See how you're tracking and find out how much it might cost to live your best life in retirement.

How much super do I need?

One of the most important steps in planning for your retirement is figuring out how much you'll need to spend each year to live a comfortable lifestyle. Developing a budget for future needs can be difficult, particularly when retirement is many years away.

This information provides some general insight into how much money Australian's need to finance retirement and our calculators will help you see how you're tracking. This information isn't tailored to your exact circumstances, but you'll get an idea of the income and standard of living to expect and an overview of likely expenses.

The following refers to information published in the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) Retirement Standard (March 2021 Quarter).

Modest lifestyle

A modest retirement lifestyle is considered better than the Age Pension, but still only able to afford fairly basic activities. 

Comfortable lifestyle

A comfortable retirement lifestyle enables an older, healthy retiree to be involved in a broad range of leisure and recreational activities and to have a good standard of living through the purchase of such things as; household goods, private health insurance, a reasonable car, good clothes, a range of electronic equipment, and domestic and occasionally international holiday travel.

Budgets for various households and living standards for those aged around 65 (March quarter 2021, national)

Modest  (per year)Comfortable (per year)

These figures assume that the retiree(s) own their own home and relate to expenditure by the household. This can be greater than household income after income tax where there is a drawdown on capital over the period of retirement.

Superannuation balances for a comfortable retirement

The lump sums required for a comfortable retirement assume that the retiree/s will draw down all their capital, and will receive a part Age Pension. 

Savings required at retirement

 All figures in today’s dollars using 2.75% AWE as a deflator and an assumed investment earning rate of 6 per cent. These figures don't take into consideration your own personal needs or circumstances.

Detailed budget breakdowns

ASFA produces detailed budgets of what singles and couples would need to spend to support their chosen lifestyle. It's updated quarterly to reflect inflation. Read more here.

Knowing how much you'll need when you stop work is a good starting point. The key is to act now and do as much as you can to grow your super. For more on how much is enough visit: 

How am I tracking?

Our Retirement Forecaster is a helpful tool which you can use to project your super balance and income in retirement. 

You can adjust the assumptions to suit your personal circumstances and see whether you're on track to a comfortable retirement.

Information and support - tailored to you

There's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to retirement savings. Everyone's path to retirement is unique. Our Client Service team is on hand to offer personalised and tailored support to you. This is a complimentary service; our friendly team are Australia-wide and can meet you in-person or over the phone to help you to build a financial roadmap, and help you calculate how much super you will need. 

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