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APRA releases quarterly superannuation statistics for March 2011

Saturday 9 July 2011


The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) today released its March 2011 Quarterly Superannuation Performance publication

Over the 12 months to 31 March 2011, total superannuation assets rose by $107.6 billion (8.6 per cent) to $1.36 trillion, which includes a rise of $43.0 billion (3.3 per cent) over the March quarter.

Over the March quarter, the assets of industry funds increased by 4.4 per cent ($10.8 billion) to $257.3 billion, corporate funds by 3.7 per cent ($2.3 billion) to $62.6 billion, public sector funds by 3.0 per cent ($5.5 billion) to $191.9 billion and retail funds by 2.3 per cent ($8.5 billion) to $370.3 billion.

Contributions to funds with at least $50 million in assets over the March quarter were $18.9 billion, with employers contributing $15.3 billion and members contributing $3.4 billion. Other contributions, including spouse contributions and government co-contributions, totalled $160 million.

Over the March quarter, industry funds received 33.0 per cent ($6.2 billion) of total contributions, retail funds 31.8 per cent ($6.0 billion), public sector funds 30.1 per cent ($5.7 billion) and corporate funds 5.0 per cent ($1.0 billion).

The combined rate of return for the March quarter was 2.3 per cent. The rate of return for public sector funds was 2.7 per cent, corporate funds 2.5 per cent, industry funds 2.5 per cent and retail funds 1.9 per cent.

Copies of the publication are available on the Quarterly Superannuation Performance page

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.