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APRA releases superannuation statistics for December 2018

Monday 25 February 2019

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has released its Quarterly Superannuation Performance publication and the Quarterly MySuper Statistics report for the December 2018 quarter.

Key statistics for the superannuation industry as at 31 December 2018:
December 2017
December 2018
Total superannuation assets
$2,618.5 billion
$2,653.2 billion
Total APRA-regulated assets
$1,698.4 billion
$1,736.5 billion
Of which: total assets in MySuper products
$636.9 billion
$670.6 billion
Total self-managed super fund assets
$728.1 billion
$726.5 billion
Exempt public sector superannuation schemes assets
$138.6 billion
$137.1 billion
Balance of life office statutory fund assets
$53.4 billion
$53.1 billion
Over the December 2018 quarter, there was a decrease of 3.6 per cent in total superannuation assets, comprising a decrease of 3.9 per cent in APRA-regulated assets, a decrease of 3.1 per cent in self-managed super fund assets, a decrease of 4.4 per cent in exempt public sector superannuation schemes assets and an increase of 0.6 per cent in balance of life office statutory fund assets.

Key statistics for entities with more than four members for the year ended 31 December 2018:

December   2017
December   2018
Total contributions
$117.4 billion
$112.3 billion
Total benefit payments
$74.4 billion
$73.6 billion
Net contribution flows
$39.1 billion
$35.7 billion
Copies of the publications are available on APRA’s website at:

Quarterly Superannuation Performance:

Quarterly MySuper Statistics:


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.