The Annual Superannuation Bulletin contains statistics that provide policymakers, regulators, trustees and the community with information to assess the overall performance of the superannuation system.
This expanded publication containing data collected under the revised reporting requirements replaces APRA’s previous Annual Superannuation Bulletin that was last issued for June 2013.
Current Annual Superannuation Bulletin
The Annual Superannuation Bulletin is available in two formats, a PDF publication and an Excel report that contains additional and more detailed tables of statistics including information for 2014.
- June 2015 edition (reissued 23 August 2016): PDF
- June 2015 edition (reissued 23 August 2016): Excel
The Annual Superannuation Bulletin was reissued on 23 August 2016 to include revised statistics. Details of the revised statistics are explained in the Important Notice of the publication.
Superannuation Selected Feature
On 23 August 2016, APRA released a selected feature Pension membership profile to supplement the June 2015 edition of the Annual Superannuation Bulletin. This feature contains new pension statistics about account based pensions, allocated pensions, annuities, other pension benefits and transition to retirement pensions.
Pension membership profile - June 2015 (issued 23 August 2016): PDF
Consultation on annual superannuation statistics
On 28 May 2015, APRA released a discussion paper seeking submissions on the proposed format and content of annual superannuation statistics to be publicly released by APRA following the implementation of revised reporting requirements. The discussion paper is available here.
On 9 February 2016, APRA released a Response to Submissions available here
Data in the Annual Superannuation Bulletin have been prepared from the following sources:
Superannuation returns submitted to APRA under the Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001. For blank copies of the returns and associated instructions click here;
Data from annual returns submitted to APRA by select exempt public sector superannuation schemes in Australia. There are 19 exempt public sector schemes that report to APRA under a Heads of Government agreement between the Commonwealth and each of the State and Territory Governments;
Data provided by the Australian Tax Office in respect of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs); and
Returns submitted to APRA under the Life Insurance Act (1995) by registered life companies in Australia.
Using the published data
APRA recommends that users of the statistics exercise caution in analysing and interpreting the reports, particularly while the annual superannuation data collection is still relatively new. It will take some time for the information reported to APRA to reach an appropriate level of quality and consistency. APRA anticipates that the publication of the data provides opportunities for industry to improve the quality of submitted data.
APRA also notes that performance over the long term is a key determinant of members' retirement outcomes and there is likely to be considerable variability in some data over the short term. In that context, APRA strongly recommends that users of the statistics exercise caution in making assessments or drawing conclusions based on short-term information.
Please exercise caution when using data from superseded publications as they have not been revised since their release date. Data in superseded publications may have be been subject to revisions in more recent publications.
For more information about the statistics in the publications:
Or write to:
Manager, Superannuation Statistics
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
GPO Box 9836
Sydney NSW 2001