Funding Australia's retirement

Funding Australia's retirement

Sep 3
CEDA's next policy perspective examines the role of government in helping Australians plan and save for retirement. At this event, we ask: Are our policy settings able to meet the demands of an ageing society? How should we address equity concerns? What are the alternatives to the current retirement income system?


David Atkin, Chief Executive Officer, Cbus Super
Karen Chester, Commissioner, Productivity Commission
Rob Heferen, Deputy Secretary, Head of Revenue Group, The Treasury
David Knox, Senior Partner, Mercer

Event overview

Australia’s ageing population has been a growing cause for concern for governments. The latest Intergenerational Report predicts the number of working age persons for every person over 65 (the dependency ratio) will almost halve over the next 40 years, raising potential issues with the long-term adequacy and sustainability of superannuation and social welfare.

In light of these long-term challenges, this event brings together thought-leaders in retirement income policy, economists, policy-makers and the superannuation sector to discuss:

  • Market failure and the retirement income system – What is the role of government?
  • Alternatives to the current retirement income system – Are there better, more innovative ways to achieve the objectives of our retirement system?
  • Living asset-poor in retirement – Is intervention needed to address equity and disadvantage?

All attendees will receive a copy of CEDA’s latest research report. 

Meet the speakers

David Atkin
Chief Executive Officer, Cbus Super

Karen Chester
Commissioner, Productivity Commission

Rob Heferen
Deputy Secretary, Head of Revenue Group, The Treasury

David Knox
Senior Partner, Mercer

Dr Rodney Maddock
Adjunct Professor of Economic, Monash University, Vice-Chancellors Fellow, Victoria University, Non-Executive Director, CEDA

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