Restoring a level playing field for defined benefits superannuation

Hazel Bateman, Geoffrey Kingston

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After declining worldwide since the late 1980s, defined benefits plans will not recover their previous dominance in Australia because they can only be offered by large and stable organisations. Since 1992 Australia has had compulsory superannuation that is mostly privately managed. In addition, several policy measures have unduly weakened defined benefits schemes, especially in the private sector. Rescinding these measures would revitalise defined benefits, and produce a deeper market for privately managed lifetime annuities. An earlier version of this paper was presented to the 2013 Australian Centre for Financial Studies' Melbourne Money and Finance Conference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-41
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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