Australians Accept Working Later as Age Pension Changes Bite

By: ce | 4 Apr 2016



Australia’s baby boomers are expecting to work even later to fund their retirements, according to a new study of residents aged 45 or older conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The data found 71 percent of Australians surveyed plan to retire at the age of 65 or later. That’s up from 66 percent two years ago and 23 percent in the 2004-2005 financial year. Nearly a quarter of the participants said they’ll retire at 70. 

A desire for greater financial security was behind the decision for 40 percent of men and 35 percent of women. Nearly a quarter of men and women also said they felt that’s when personal health or physical abilities may get in the way of earning an income.

The results come just months after the government announced Australians will need to be 67, rather than 65, to qualify for the Age Pension. Perhaps because of this change, fewer people are expecting to rely on a government pension or allowance in their golden years.

“While 47 per cent of persons aged 45 and over who had retired reported a government pension or allowance as their main source of income at retirement, only 27 per cent of persons aged 45 and over who were intending to retire indicated this would be their main expected source of income,” Jennifer Humphrys, an ABS spokesperson, told Money Management magazine.

Just over half of the respondents expected to draw the bulk of their retirement income from superannuation, annuity, or allocated income.

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