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APRA releases quarterly superannuation statistics for March 2012

Thursday 7 June 2012


The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) today released its March 2012 Quarterly Superannuation Performance publication.

Total estimated assets, which include the assets of self-managed superannuation funds and the balance of life office statutory funds, rose by $47.4 billion (3.6 per cent) to $1.38 trillion over the 12 months to 31 March 2012, taking into account an increase of $73.2 billion (5.6 per cent) in total assets over the March quarter.

Over the March quarter, the total estimated assets of industry funds increased by 7.3 per cent ($17.9 billion) to $264.5 billion, corporate funds’ assets by 6.4 per cent ($3.4 billion) to $57.0 billion, public sector funds’ assets by 6.3 per cent ($12.9 billion) to $218.1 billion and retail funds’ assets by 5.2 per cent ($18.8 billion) to $376.9 billion.

Contributions to funds with at least $50 million in assets over the March quarter were $20.1 billion, with employers contributing $16.9 billion and members contributing $3.1 billion. Other contributions, including spouse contributions and government co-contributions, totalled $137 million.

During the March quarter, industry funds received 32.6 per cent ($6.6 billion) of total contributions, public sector funds 32.1 per cent ($6.5 billion), retail funds 31.1 per cent ($6.3 billion) and corporate funds 4.3 per cent ($872 million).

Outward rollovers exceeded inward rollovers in the March quarter, with negative net rollovers of $17 million, $342 million, $698 million and $839 million for industry, corporate, public sector and retail funds, respectively.

The combined rate of return for the March quarter was 5.4 per cent. The rate of return for corporate funds was 5.5 per cent, industry funds 5.4 per cent, retail funds 5.3 per cent and public sector funds 5.3 per cent.

Copies of the publication are available on APRA’s website/

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.