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APRA releases quarterly superannuation statistics for March 2009

Thursday 25 June 2009



The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) today released its March 2009 Quarterly Superannuation Performance publication, which shows total estimated assets fell over the quarter by $14.9 billion, or 1.4 per cent, to $1.03 trillion.

Over the March 2009 quarter, industry funds' assets fell by 1.4 per cent ($2.6 billion) to $180.0 billion. Retail funds' assets fell by 2.6 per cent ($7.8 billion) to $285.6 billion, corporate funds' assets declined by 2.9 per cent ($1.6 billion) to $52.0 billion and public sector funds' assets fell by 3.2 per cent ($4.7 billion) to $144.7 billion.

Contributions to funds with at least $50 million in assets over the March quarter were $17.3 billion, with employers contributing $14.3 billion and members contributing $2.8 billion. Other contributions, including spouse contributions and government co-contributions, totalled $198 million.

During the March 2009 quarter, retail funds received 34.1 per cent ($5.9 billion) of total contributions, while industry funds received 32.4 per cent ($5.6 billion), public sector funds 27.1 per cent ($4.7 billion) and corporate funds 6.5 per cent ($1.1 billion).

The combined return on assets was —3.3 per cent for the quarter. The return on assets for corporate and retail funds was —3.1 per cent, industry funds —3.3 per cent, and public sector funds —3.7 per cent.

Refer to the March 2009 Quarterly Superannuation Performance publication.


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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 $6.5 trillion in assets for Australian depositors, policyholders and superannuation fund members.