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ASFA retirement incomes

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The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) has estimated how much may be needed for a ‘modest’ and ‘comfortable’ retirement.

How much could I need for a ‘modest’ retirement?

To support a ‘modest’ lifestyle in retirement, ASFA estimates that singles would need an income of around $27,425 p.a. and couples around $39,442 p.a.

A ‘modest’ retirement is considered to be more than the Government Age Pension but still having only limited travel, dining out and leisure activities.

What about a ‘comfortable’ retirement?

To achieve a ‘comfortable’ retirement, ASFA estimates that single retirees would need an income of around $42,953 p.a. and couples around $60,604 p.a.

A ‘comfortable’ retirement is defined as involving a broader range of leisure activities, regular eating out and occasional international travel.

Find out more about the ASFA Retirement Standards.

How else can I estimate my retirement income?

Although the ASFA standards are a useful guide, if you are used to living off an above average income, you may instead want to assume you’ll need around 67%1 of your pre-retirement gross income to maintain a comparable lifestyle.

For example, if your pre-retirement income was $120,000 then you may need around $80,000 each year in retirement to maintain the same standard of living.

Alternatively, to tailor the estimate to your specific circumstances, consider using our Budget calculator.

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