Finance Your Super A million in superannuation not enough
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A million in superannuation not enough

Big four accounting firm recommends that workers make additional contributions to their super throughout their working life.
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Today’s young workers can expect to have an average $1.1 million in superannuation at retirement, but it won’t be enough to maintain a comfortable lifestyle, according to a report.

New research by big four accounting firm Deloitte has found a 30-year-old worker on an average salary of $60,000 a year will have an estimated $1.1 million in superannuation by the time they turn 65 in 2048.

However, Deloitte superannuation lead partner Russell Mason warned that this amount of money would only sustain a comfortable retirement until age 77.

The million-plus balance would allow someone to live a modest life – devoid of such indulgences as overseas holidays, a nice car and regular eating out – till age 94.

“To afford a comfortable retirement standard covering life expectancy, a current 30-year-old male would need a retirement benefit in 2048 of $1.58 million and a female, $1.76 million,” Mr Mason said.

To achieve a comfortable retirement, today’s 30-year-olds need to make additional contributions to super beyond the employer contribution, with men putting in another of 5.4 per cent on top of their current rate and women adding an extra 7.5 per cent.

The Deloitte report, Dynamics of the Australian Superannuation System – the next 20 Years, found Australia’s super system will grow from $1.6 trillion in total assets today to $7.6 trillion by 2033.

Driving the growth will be the increase in the superannuation guarantee from 9.25 per cent to 12 per cent and the increase in investment returns.

The Abbott government’s proposed two-year delay to the increase in the super rate would reduce total value by $80 billion – one per cent – over the period.

Deloitte warned that despite the growth in super, the system may not provide a secure retirement for many Australians.

“Today’s average 65-year-old Australian will not have enough superannuation to fully fund his, and particularly her, life expectancy,” Mr Mason said.