From July 1 millions of Australian workers will get a retirement savings boost as the government lifts the super rate from 9.5% to 10%.
The average worker will get about an extra $230 a year from their employer.
These increases are modest and affordable for employers. Small enough that many workers may not even notice them, but as they say: from little things, big things grow.
For the typical worker in their 30s increasing the rate to just 10% will add $19,000 to their final nest egg, for a couple it is $38,000 more.
And this is just the start. The government has promised to lift the super rate all the way to 12% by 2025 – getting there through small annual increases of 0.5%.
The locked in law super boost from 9.5% to 12% will add about $85,000 to the typical 30-year-olds super account, and $170,000 for a couple.
That extra money will be life changing for millions of people, giving them more control over when they can stop working and more choices about how they spend their retirement. For some it could mean the occasional dinner out, for others it could be about spoiling the grandkids. For me I reckon it’ll mean taking the odd trip away – Covid restrictions permitting of course.
Young people might not realise it, but they are the big winners. With decades left in the workforce the magic of compounding interest will grow these small increases into something substantial by the time they retire.
In fact, workers in their 20s and 30s will get more than half of the $1.5 billion in extra super contributions paid in the next 12 months.
More than 60% of Australians in line for a super boost earn less than $70,000 a year.
Boosting super is important for women too. Unfortunately, we are still seeing too many women retire with too little super and shockingly one in three women retire with no super at all.
This intolerable situation is caused by women still being paid less than men, and spending more time out of the paid workforce raising children and caring for others. These super increases, while not the silver bullet, will give many more women a decent income in retirement and greater financial independence.
Super has already had a huge impact on Australians, with millions of us building savings that we would never have dreamed of without it. But a super rate of 9.5% super would see too many Australians retiring with too little.
We agree with the government that only by getting the super rate up to 12% will we guarantee all Australians the retirement they deserve after decades of hard work.