Another survey has found that the state of women’s finances are dire compared to men, a reality that will hit the Australian economy and social security budget within a generation.
“These findings highlight deep concerns around the realities of retirement for women and the perception that they will not be able to adequately fund a dignified retirement,” Dr Martin Fahy, chief executive of Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, said.
“The lack of confidence reflects how women are retiring today, with average balances at retirement a little over half those of men. Whilst the gap is gradually closing, more needs to be done to address the disparity,” he said.
“Today, around 50 percent of women retire with a very low superannuation balance under $50,000, compared with 33 per cent of men. Unless we take active steps to fix this problem, confidence will remain low,” said Dr Fahy.
The government is being pushed to create systemic change to cater for a growing population of female workers, including: