With many young Australians facing a sustained period of unemployment due to the economic impact of COVID-19, it is now even more important the superannuation guarantee (SG) is lifted to 12%, a super body believes.
The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) said the cost at retirement for a typical 25-year-old woman who accessed $20,000 in the early release of super scheme could be as much as $85,000 if she was unable to secure employment and contribute to super for two years.
ASFA deputy chief executive, Glen McCrea, said: “If today’s young people are to avoid ending up on the Age Pension, every single dollar contributed to superannuation counts”.
ASFA noted that around half a million Australians has used the early access to super scheme with the majority being under 35 years old.
“Lifting super to 12% of wages will mean more people in retirement can afford decent aged care. It’s not fair that young people should suffer the devasting impact of COVID-19 now and then also be forced into poverty in retirement by relying solely on the Age Pension – we are better than that,” McCrea said.