The Annual Superannuation Bulletin contains statistics that provide policymakers, regulators, trustees and the community with information to assess the overall performance of the superannuation system.
The Annual Superannuation Bulletin is available in two formats, a PDF publication and an Excel report that contains additional and more detailed tables of statistics including trend information. Most tables with trends start from 2014, consistent with APRA's revised reporting framework.
For the June 2016 edition, the Annual Superannuation Bulletin has been expanded to include time series back to 2004 where sufficiently comparable data were collected under the previous and revised reporting frameworks.
Current Annual Superannuation Bulletin
The Annual Superannuation Bulletin is available in two formats, a PDF publication and an Excel report that contains additional and more detailed tables of statistics including trend information.
Consultation on annual superannuation statistics
On 28 May 2015, APRA released a discussion paper seeking submissions on the proposed format and content of annual superannuation statistics to be publicly released by APRA following the implementation of revised reporting requirements. The discussion paper is available here.
On 9 February 2016, APRA released a Response to Submissions available here
Data in the Annual Superannuation Bulletin have been prepared from the following sources:
Superannuation returns submitted to APRA under the Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001. For blank copies of the returns and associated instructions click here;
Data from annual returns submitted to APRA by select exempt public sector superannuation schemes in Australia. There are 19 exempt public sector schemes that report to APRA under a Heads of Government agreement between the Commonwealth and each of the State and Territory Governments;
Data provided by the Australian Tax Office in respect of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs); and
Returns submitted to APRA under the Life Insurance Act (1995) by registered life companies in Australia.
Using the published data
APRA notes that performance over the long term is a key determinant of members’ retirement outcomes and that there is likely to be considerable variability in some data over the short term. In that context, APRA strongly recommends that users of the statistics exercise caution in making assessments or drawing conclusions based on short-term information.
APRA's view is that, to support and encourage analysis by stakeholders of the achievement by the superannuation industry of retirement income policy objectives over the medium to long term, it is appropriate to make time series data available to users. It will, however take some time for medium to long term trend data to be available for data collected under the revised reporting framework.
APRA has worked with the industry to improve the quality and consistency of reporting. APRA anticipates that ongoing publication of data will provide opportunities for industry to improve the quality of submitted data. Should users of the statistics have any queries on the data enclosed, please contact APRA at:
The next edition of the Annual Superannuation Bulletin will be released on this webpage by close of business on the following date:
Please exercise caution when using data from superseded publications as they have not been revised since their release date. Data in superseded publications may have be been subject to revisions in more recent publications.
For more information about the statistics in the publications:
Or write to:
Manager, Superannuation Strategic Intelligence, Data Analytics
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
GPO Box 9836
Sydney NSW 2001