What kind of retirement are you looking forward to?

One of the most important steps in planning to save for your retirement is deciding how much you will need to spend each year to live a comfortable lifestyle.

Modest or comfortable

The ASFA Retirement Standard has been developed to outline the annual budget needed to fund a comfortable standard of living in your post-work years. It provides benchmarks for both a comfortable and modest standard of living, for both singles and couples, and is updated quarterly to reflect changes to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

modest retirement lifestyle is considered better than the Age Pension, but still only allows for the basics.

comfortable retirement lifestyle enables an older, healthy retiree to be involved in a broad range of leisure and recreational activities and to have a good standard of living through the purchase of such things as; household goods, private health insurance, a reasonable car, good clothes, a range of electronic equipment, and domestic and occasionally international holiday travel.


Status Modest Lifestyle Comfortable Lifestyle Age Pension
(Maximum basic rate per fortnight)
Single $27,368 p.a.1 $42,764 p.a.1 $907.60
($23,662 p.a.)
Couple $39,353 p.a.1 $60,264 p.a.1 $1,368.202
($35,670 p.a.)

1. Source: ASFA Retirement Standard (March Quarter 2018). It assumes the retiree owns their own home. 
2. This is the combined total for a couple
† The age pension amount includes pension and energy supplements at 20 March 2018. www.humanservices.gov.au

Saving for retirement

The above Modest and Comfortable lifestyle figures show how much you might need each year in retirement. But that may leave you wondering how much super you will need to save over your working life to achieve that amount of income in retirement.

Of course, what you will need in retirement and what you may have in retirement may vary. There are strategies you can put in place today to ensure you are closer to achieving your retirement goals. Our calculators are a great way to see how your super is tracking. 

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The Age Pension Payment

Category Amount
Single# $23,662
Couple# $35,670

# Source: Department of Human Services (20 March 2018) – www.humanservices.gov.au


Superannuation balance to achieve a Comfortable retirement:

The table below shows the lump sum capital you may need for a comfortable retirement assuming the amount is held within super. It assumes an income is drawn from your super in addition to any part age pension you may be entitled to.

Please refer to the ASFA Retirement Standard at www.superannuation.asn.au

Category                  Savings required at
retirement (age 65)                 
Single $545,000
Couple $640,000



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