What is a Comfortable Retirement Income in Australia?

Comfortable retirement

Most retirees aim for a comfortable retirement income – enough money to do the things you want now that you (finally) have the time to do them, without needing to watch every dollar!

But, what is a comfortable retirement income and what does it get you?

What is a Comfortable Retirement Income in Australia?

A comfortable retirement income in Australia is defined as:

Accounting for daily essentials, such as groceries, transport and home repairs, as well as private health insurance, a range of exercise and leisure activities and the occasional restaurant meal. Importantly it enables retirees to remain connected to family and friends virtually – through technology, and in person with an annual domestic trip and an international trip once every seven years.

Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA)

A comfortable retirement income differs from a modest retirement income in that a modest retirement income only provides for a standard of living slightly above the Age Pension.

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The actual level of income to achieve a comfortable retirement income in Australia depends on whether you are single or a couple.

Comfortable Retirement Income For A Single Australian

A comfortable retirement income in Australia for a single person retiring at age 65 has been calculated by ASFA as being $50,207.02 per year.

This is the amount required, after-tax, to cover the expenses associated with a comfortable retirement.

Comfortable Retirement Income For An Australian Couple

A comfortable retirement income in Australia for a couple retiring at age 65 has been calculated by ASFA as being $70,806.43 per year, combined.

This is less than double of the income required for a single person, as many of the expenses are shared.

How Much Do I Need for a Comfortable Retirement?

The amount you need for a comfortable retirement lifestyle and to cover the expenses noted above is as follows:

Super Balance Required At Retirement
Comfortable Lifestyle (couple)$690,000 (combined)
Comfortable Lifestyle (single)$595,000

These amounts, invested and earning an average of 6% p.a. would be expected to cover a comfortable lifestyle until at least your statistical life expectancy.

How Do I Get a Comfortable Retirement Income?

There are a number of ways to achieve a comfortable retirement income. But, the most common way is to use your superannuation to commence a retirement income stream.

The benefit of a superannuation pension is that it provides tax-free income from age 60 and all investment earnings received within the account are received completely tax-free.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some frequently asked questions around a comfortable retirement income.

What is a Good Monthly Retirement Income in Australia?

A good monthly retirement income in Australia is around $4,185 per month for a single person and $5,900 per month for a couple, combined.

These amounts are based on the annual comfortable retirement income amounts calculated by ASFA.

How Much Do I Need to Retire on $100,000 a Year in Retirement?

The amount you need to retire on $100,000 a year in retirement is based on whether you are single or a couple (for Centrelink Age Pension purposes) and how long you would like to receive the $100,000 retirement income for.

The table below gives you an idea of the amount of money required to achieve an income of $100,000 per year, increasing with inflation:

SingleCouple (combined)
Retire at 60Retire at 65Retire at 60Retire at 65
Money Lasts 20 years$1.50M$1.50M$1.30M$1.30M
Money Lasts 30 years$2.10M$2.05M$1.95M$1.90M
Money Lasts 40 years$2.50M$2.50M$2.40M$2.40M

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Is $1 Million Enough to Retire in Australia?

$1 million is enough to retire on in Australia regardless of whether you are single or a member of a couple, or even how long you expect the $1 million to last.

The actual income you can receive each year will depend on how you choose to invest this $1 million and whether or not you are eligible for Centrelink Age Pension payments.

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