CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Conference

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Date(s) - 01/12/15 - 02/12/15
All Day


Level 1, 440 Collins Street

This Conference provides an important forum where researchers from the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster share research outcomes with a wider public audience.

The Superannuation Research Cluster commenced in 2013, as a collaboration between CSIRO, Monash University, Griffith University, the University of Western Australia, the University of Warwick, and stakeholders of the retirement system. The aim of the Cluster is to develop a research agenda that establishes an evidence base, to facilitate better decision making with respect to the superannuation and retirement systems in the interest of better outcomes for all.

To date the Cluster has produced over 20 papers relating to two key themes:

Superannuation and the economy. This theme explores the dynamics and inter-relationships between how superannuation funds are allocated and the wider macro-economy. It examines questions like ‘what impediments exist that inhibit an optimal asset allocation’ and ‘what asset allocation maximises superannuation benefits to Australians’?’

Australians over 60 – The transition and post-retirement phase. This theme looks at how we can maximise decision-making for superannuants in the transition from pre-retirement – the accumulation phase – to post-retirement. It looks at important questions like ‘what can be done to improve participation of older workers?’, ‘what can be done to ensure a less volatile income stream and greater certainty for retirees?’, ‘how we might develop a viable annuities market for retirees?’, and ‘what are the health, accommodation and infrastructure impacts of the ageing population?’

Further details on Principal Researchers

Professor Gordon Clark, Oxford University will provide the plenary address – “The “delivery” of pension saving, investment and income: governance and management issues in both Australian context and internationally.

Concurrent sessions will cover (for detailed session information please refer to Program):

Super and the Economy Retirement, Wealth & Health
Quantitative Modelling Member Behaviour – Advice / Savings / Gender
Funds Management Modelling Retirement Outcomes
Investing in Infrastructure Labour Market & Older Workers

To date researchers have worked with a group of industry stakeholders which include AMP Capital, ANZ Wealth, BT, CBus, Challenger, Colonial First State, Mercer, and Vanguard, together with representatives from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), Australian Taxation Office (ATO), Federal Treasury, Financial Services Council (FSC), Centre for Productive Ageing, National Seniors Australia, and the Productivity Commission. These stakeholders have provided direction and feedback to the researchers thus far.

We invite you to join us for a day of engrossing content – under two strands: investment and more quantitative topics which will be of key interest to CIOs, fund managers, and those with a more technical interest, and behavioural, member related topics of interest to those concerned with delivering member outcomes.