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APRA releases quarterly superannuation statistics for September 2011

Thursday 8 December 2011



The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) today released its September 2011 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 $25.0 billion (2.0 per cent) to $1.28 trillion over the 12 months to 30 September 2011, taking into account a decrease of $49.9 billion (-3.8 per cent) in total assets over the September quarter.

Over the September quarter, the assets of industry funds decreased by 3.2 per cent ($7.9 billion) to $241.9 billion. Public sector funds’ assets decreased by 3.6 per cent ($7.2 billion) to $195.2 billion, retail funds by 4.8 per cent ($17.8 billion) to $351.8 billion and corporate funds by 8.6 per cent ($5.1 billion) to $54.6 billion.

Contributions to funds with at least $50 million in assets over the September quarter were $20.6 billion, with employers contributing $16.3 billion and members contributing $4.2 billion. Other contributions, including spouse contributions and government co-contributions, totalled $135 million.

During the September quarter, retail funds received 33.7 per cent ($6.9 billion) of total contributions, public sector funds 32.1 per cent ($6.6 billion), industry funds 29.4 per cent ($6.1 billion) and corporate funds 4.8 per cent ($1.0 billion).

Retail funds received $2.1 billion of net rollovers and industry funds received $0.1 billion. Public sector and corporate funds recorded negative net rollovers of $0.8 billion and $3.3 billion, respectively.

The combined rate of return for the September quarter was -4.9 per cent. The rate of return for public sector funds was -4.2 per cent, industry funds -4.6 per cent, corporate funds -5.1 per cent and retail funds -5.4 per cent.

Refer to the September 2011 Quarterly Superannuation Performance Statistics 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.