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7 October 2022

Investor roundtable is a positive initiative to unlock further investment across the Australian economy  

The Treasurer’s announcement of a roundtable attended by superannuation funds, banks and other key institutional investors to discuss facilitating productive investment in the economy is an important step to create more opportunities for increased investment, innovation and productivity in areas such as energy transition, digital infrastructure and affordable housing.   

“There are key challenges for governments and economies in the global environment and a constructive dialogue with Government is important to determine the policy measures needed to create more productive investment opportunities across the Australian economy,” said Dr Martin Fahy, CEO, Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA). 

“The obligation for superannuation funds to act in the best interest of their members is paramount and there are always opportunities to invest in assets that provide strong  
long-term returns to superannuation fund members as well as lifting productivity across the economy,” Dr Fahy added. 

“Superannuation fund trustees assess potential investments in terms of risk-adjusted returns. Identifying models for investment which work economically, both for the government and for fund members, will be key.” 

APRA-regulated superannuation funds currently hold investments of up to $81 billion in domestic infrastructure.  This represents around 4 per cent of Australia’s annual GDP.  This capacity to invest in infrastructure will be crucial as governments look to unlock productivity to help recover from the impact of COVID-19 and deal with the global headwinds.   

Compulsory superannuation provides a stable source of productivity-boosting innovations that ultimately get adopted and adapted in the broader economy. APRA-regulated superannuation funds are now the largest group of investors in private equity in Australia, having now committed over $8.1 billion out of a total commitment of $26.7 billion. 

For further information, please contact:
ASFA Media team, 0451 949 300.

About ASFA
ASFA is the peak policy, research and advocacy body for Australia’s superannuation industry. It is a not-for-profit, sector-neutral, and non-party political, national organisation. ASFA’s mission is to continuously improve the superannuation system, so all Australians can enjoy a comfortable and dignified retirement.

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