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APRA releases quarterly superannuation statistics for December 2008

Thursday 26 March 2009



The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) today released its December 2008 Quarterly Superannuation Performance publication, which shows total assets fell over the quarter by $87.2 billion, or 7.6 per cent, to a total of $1.05 trillion.

The publication shows that over the December quarter, industry funds’ assets fell by 8.0 per cent ($15.8 billion) to $181.1 billion. Public sector funds’ assets fell by 9.3 per cent ($15.2 billion) to $149.4 billion, corporate funds’ assets fell by 10.3 per cent ($6.2 billion) to $53.6 billion and retail funds’ assets fell by 10.7 per cent ($35.8 billion) to $297.1 billion over the quarter.

Contributions to funds with at least $50 million in assets over the December quarter were $19.0 billion, with employers contributing $15.3 billion and members contributing $3.3 billion. Other contributions, including spouse contributions and government co-contributions, totalled $494 million.

Retail funds received 34.3 per cent ($6.5 billion) of total contributions during the December quarter, while industry funds received 30.1 per cent ($5.7 billion), public sector funds 28.6 per cent ($5.4 billion) and corporate funds 7.0 per cent ($1.3 billion).

The combined return on assets was -10.3 per cent for the December 2008 quarter. The return for industry funds was -8.8 per cent, public sector funds was -9.5 per cent, corporate funds -10.8 per cent and retail funds -11.5 per cent.

Refer to the December 2008 Quarterly Superannuation Performance publication.


The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is the prudential regulator of the financial services industry. It oversees banks, credit unions, building societies, general insurance and reinsurance companies, life insurance, private health insurers, friendly societies, and most members of the superannuation industry. APRA currently supervises institutions holding $6 trillion in assets for Australian depositors, policyholders and superannuation fund members.