Will you have enough for the retirement you want?
Find out if the government Age Pension plus your super will give you enough income in retirement.Calculate retirement income
What you need for a modest or comfortable lifestyle
|Modest lifestyle||Comfortable lifestyle|
|Single (per year)||$31,867||$50,207|
|Couple combined (per year)||$45,947||$70,806|
See what you could get if you rely solely on the Age Pension for retirement income.
Budgets for various households and living standards for those aged 65 - 84 (June quarter 2023, national). Both budgets assume retirees own their own home and are relatively healthy. ASFA Retirement Standard accessed June 2023. ASFA Retirement Standard accessed June 2023.
What you could afford with each lifestyle
|Age Pension||Modest lifestyle||Comfortable lifestyle|
|Travel and transport||
Shorter breaks or day trips in your own city.
No car or, if you have a car, it will be a struggle to afford repairs.
One holiday in Australia or a few short breaks.
Owning a cheaper more basic car.
Domestic and occasional overseas holidays.
Owning a reasonable car.
|In the home||
Less heating in winter.
No budget to fix home problems like a leaky roof.
Need to watch utility costs.
No budget for home improvements. Can do repairs, but can’t replace kitchen or bathroom.
Can run air conditioning.
Replace kitchen and bathroom over 20 years.
|Health and leisure||
No private health insurance.
Only taking part in no cost or very low cost leisure activities. Rare trips to the cinema.
Basic private health insurance, limited gap payments.
One leisure activity infrequently, some trips to the cinema or the like.
Top level private health insurance.
Take part in a range of regular leisure activities.
For more information, see the ASFA Retirement Standard.
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Meet with a financial planner
As part of your Cbus membership, you have access to our team of financial advisers over the phone who can assist you in planning your retirement.
Cbus Advice Services can also refer you to an accredited financial planner who meets strict professional qualification and service criteria as set by Cbus and the Financial Advice Association Australia Limited (FAAA).
The financial planners offer advice on a fee-for-service basis, with any fees agreed with you in advance. You may be eligible to have the financial planner payment fees deducted directly from your Cbus account.
^ Estimated total retirement income in year one of $32,725, comprising of $4,211 from the Cbus Super Income Stream account and $28,514 from the Government Age Pension. According to ASFA (a super industry expert), a single person needs around $31,867 a year to live a modest lifestyle in retirement (e.g. basic activities). For further information, see ASFA retirement standard: superannuation.asn.au/retirement-standard. The income from the Cbus Super Income Stream and Age Pension is projected to increase by 2.5% pa, to cater for inflation and increase in living standards. The income from the Cbus Super Income Stream is projected to last until age 92. The Government Age Pension entitlement is based on current Centrelink income rates using the following assumptions: Single person, homeowner, $25,000 in personal assets. Account-Based Pension investment return of 5.75% p.a. after fees and taxes. Administration fee of $78, with 0.19% asset-based administration fee. Calculated using the Cbus Retirement Income Estimate Calculator as at 05/10/2023. The amount of income you receive and how long it will last will depend on a range of factors, such as the amount initially invested, your age and investment performance. There is a risk that your pension income may reduce or cease if you draw your income too fast or if investment returns are poor.