September 2016 living standards

The overall benchmarked costs of retirement for older retirees rose about 0.9% this quarter, which was a little more than the reported increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the quarter (0.7%). Fruit, vegetables and electricity were the most significant prices increases.

For a modest lifestyle (better than a Government pension but fairly simple living), the annual guidelines for older retirees are now $23,572 for a single or $34,952 for a couple. For a more comfortable lifestyle, the estimates for older retirees are now $39,164 for a single and $54,942 for a couple.

So how much do you need?

If you take the relevant annual figure and multiply it by the number of years* you expect to be in retirement, you will get a rough idea of how much super you need to have when you retire.

The full break down of these estimates is available on the ASFA website, along with a simple calculator to show how much you may need according to your marital status and which state you live in.

What does this mean for you?

It may mean you need more super than you thought – this could be a good reason to contact our Member Advice Consultants for personalised advice about how to maximise your savings.


*You can use the Australian Bureau of Statistics life tables for an idea of your life expectancy.

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