COVID-19 took its toll on us all, but young Australians arguably bore the brunt of the economic fallout.
Whether they were just starting out in their careers or employed in part-time hospitality or retail jobs, young Australians were among the first to either lose their wages or have them cut severely.
Research by the Melbourne Institute shows one in three of the 600,000 Australians to lose their jobs in March and April were aged between 18 and 24.
By September, the employment rate of young Australians was just under 60 per cent.
To offset their COVID-related income losses, many turned to the federal government’s early release of superannuation scheme.
So far $35.9 billion has been released from super funds, latest data released by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority shows.
Analysis by Industry Super Australia (ISA) estimated 395,000 people under 35 had eroded their super balance by July – and that was just in the first wave of the scheme.
The second wave of the scheme ended on December 31, with numbers expected to have increased.
This has raised fears there could be a heavy reliance on the aged pension 40 to 50 years in the future, however an increase in super contributions could remedy that.
Under government legislation, the super guarantee – the amount of super paid by employers to their employees on top of wages – will begin to rise by 0.5 per cent increments from July this year until they reach 12 per cent in 2025.
For Australia’s 20 and 30-somethings, this will make all the difference between a retirement dependent on the meagre pension and a retirement with more of life’s comforts.
The rises in the super guarantee are so incremental that many Australian workers won’t even notice them. But they are sure to know the difference once they retire.
Research by Industry Super Australia shows a 30-year-old worker on an average wage stands to gain more than $85,000 in extra super by the time they decide to retire.
But the benefits won’t just come in retirement.
Rising super contributions will come as a relief now, especially to young workers worried about the impacts of cashing in on their superannuation funds before they ever expected they would.
Find out more about the super guarantee going up.
The assumptions used to estimate the potential impact of changes to the Superannuation Guarantee are, in our opinion, reasonable for the purposes of working out the estimates. The assumptions are based on objective evidence on long-term net returns, fees, relevant economic forecasts and analysis on wages, prices and productivity.
- This model works for accumulation funds only. It will not work for defined benefit funds.
- This model does not allow self-employed people to project their retirement balance
- Outcomes are based on contributions being made annually, at the mid-year point, on your fees being deducted annually and your investment returns being credited to your account annually
- We assume that your super is invested in a balanced option
- Superannuation Guarantee Contribution is currently 9.5% of ordinary time earnings and is presently legislated to incrementally increase to 12% by 2025
- The LISTO applies from 1 July 2017
- No tax is payable on fees
- We assume that you have provided your Tax File Number to your superannuation fund
- All amounts are in today's dollars, which means they are adjusted for inflation
- The assumed salary increase of 3% per annum has been adopted as an average figure based on a 37-year projection — that is, from the age of 30 to the retirement age of 67
- We assume that an annual inflation rate of 2%. In addition, a further annual increase of 1% is included to take into account the cost of meeting increases in community living standards. This means a total assumed inflation rate of 3% is allowed for. Employer and voluntary contributions, fees and the concessional contribution cap increase with inflation.
- We assume that you will satisfy the Work test at older ages and so are able to contribute to superannuation
- We assume that when you exceed the concessional contributions cap ($25,000 in 2020/21), you pay contributions tax according to your adjusted taxable income on any additional superannuation contributions
- Assumes retirement at the preservation age of 67
Your retirement outcome will be affected by many things including the amount of contributions you make, fees, investment returns and regulatory changes. Some factors that may affect your retirement outcomes may not have been taken into account.
Outcome is based on your contributions being made annually, at the mid-year point, on your fees being deducted annually and your investment returns being credited to your account annually.
This is a Model, not a Prediction
The tool is not intended to be relied upon for the purposes of making a financial decision. Consider a fund’s PDS and your objectives, financial situation and needs, which are not accounted for in this information before making an investment decision. You are responsible for your own investment decisions and should obtain specific, individual advice from a financial services licensee before making any financial decisions.
See www.industrysuper.com/assumptions for more details about modelling calculations and assumptions. Consider a fund’s Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and your personal financial situation, needs or objectives, which are not accounted for in this information, before making an investment decision. This article was first published by The New Daily on11 February 2021. The information referred to may change from the date of publication and care should be taken when relying on such information. Both The New Daily and Industry Super Australia are wholly owned subsidiaries of Industry Super Holdings.