Introduction to CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster
The CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster is a collaboration between Australia's CSIRO and four universities: Monash University, University of Western Australia, Griffith University and the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. In addition, the Cluster engages on an ongoing basis with a range of industry supporters, government agencies and industry peak bodies who assist in providing guidance and feedback to researchers, providing data, and in disseminating outcomes.
The Super Research Cluster commenced in September 2013 and is supported by a CSIRO Flagship Cluster Fund Grant of $3m over 3 years. This together with in-kind support from research partners and industry investment will see a $9m program of research.
The purpose of the Super Research Cluster is to examine issues pertaining to the future of Australia's superannuation and retirement systems. With $1.6 trillion in assets under management, the size of the industry is now greater than the capitalization of the ASX, and greater than the combined deposits of all Australian banks. Total superannuation savings now exceed the size of domestic GDP, with Australia now hosting the fourth largest investment management industry globally.
While the size of these funds augers well for the future of the Australian retirement system, it poses a number of questions that attract the interest of industry participants, policy makers and the wider community. Especially with respect to the allocation of assets across the economy, and the needs and well-being of a rapidly ageing population in the post-retirement phase.
For further details of the Research Program and individual Cluster Research Projects please go to Research Projects & Teams.
In association with industry leading stakeholders and research partners:
With the support of major industry bodies and government departments:
- 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)
- Productive Ageing Centre, National Seniors Australia
- Productivity Commission
Professor Hazel Bateman of UNSW also provides advice to the Cluster.
Withdrawal capacity in the face of expected and unexpected health and aged-care expenses during retirement
Is Infrastructure An Asset Class? An Asset Pricing Approach
The sequencing risk threat to retirement adequacy from increased superannuation contributions
Understanding superannuation contribution decisions: Theory and evidence
Factors Affecting the Birth of and Fund Flows into CTAs
Gender Issues in European Pensions: some Australian Perspectives
The social construction of retirement and evolving policy discourse of working longer
The Predictability of Australian Listed Infrastructure Returns Using Asset Pricing Models
Patterns of Voluntary Worker Retirement Savings: a Longitudinal Analysis
The Demand for Advice in Defined Contribution Pension Plans
Is fundamental indexation able to time the market? Evidence from the Dow Jones Industrial Average
A Lifecycle Perspective of Stock Market Performance and Wellbeing
A Review of Retirement Savings Investment Behaviours: Theory and Evidence
Do Incentive Fees signal Skill? Evidence from the Hedge Fund Industry
20/01/2015 Superannuation Research Cluster Newsletter - Issue 3, 2014
21/08/2014 Superannuation Research Cluster Newsletter - Issue 2, 2014
19/03/2014 Superannuation Cluster Newsletter - Issue 1, 2014
20/01/2015 2014 Annual Conference - Program and Presentations
10/02/2014 Researchers to debunk super spending myths
04/12/2013 Superannuation Research Centre appoints two post-doctoral fellows
29/08/2013 Launch of Superannuation Research Centre