They’re not alone. More than four in five Australians have this same concern, according to a recent survey commissioned by Australian Retirement Trust (ART). Here are some steps to follow and handy resources to help your employees take control of their finances.
Outcomes from the study
The Finance and Superannuation Study, prepared for ART by YouGov, reveals that although many Australians are confident about managing their household finances, they’re feeling the impact of the economy. Conducted online between 28 September and 6 October 2022, this survey of 2,113 Australians aged over 18, who have super and are not retired, shows:
- More than four in five (84%) respondents feel confident in their ability to manage their household finances, including nearly two in five (37%) who say that they feel very confident.
- Despite the relatively high level of confidence in managing household finances, more than four in five (85%) respondents are worried about the impact recent economic events could have on their household budget, including 37% who are very worried.
This high level of worry about the impact of the economy is reflected across different gender and age cohorts, although there are differences:
- Women are more likely to be worried than men: 88% compared to 82%.
- Millennials are more likely to be worried than Baby Boomers: 88% compared to 81%.
High earners with a household income over $150,000 are the least concerned about the economy’s impact on their household budget, with 76% of respondents identifying it as a concern. Other household income levels showed consistently higher levels of worry:
- $100,000–$149,000: 84%
- $50,000–$99,000: 89%
- Under $50,000: 86%
What steps can your employees take if they’re feeling the pinch?
Member rewards – Discover more than 3,000 exclusive member deals across Australia. ART members can save money on the things they need. Discounts are available on fuel, appliances, technology and even their weekly groceries.1
Financial advice – If members don’t have a financial adviser, ART has qualified financial advisers2 who can help members over the phone with simple advice about their Super Savings account. This service is included with their membership. We can also help members identify if they need comprehensive advice and may be able to refer them to an accredited adviser on our National Advice Panel.3 Advice of this nature may incur a fee. Members can find out more about financial advice options at art.com.au/advice/options
Education hub – What do the economy and investment markets mean for your super? Information like this can be accessed through articles, videos and podcasts from ART experts. Your employees can benefit from the flexibility to learn what, where and how they want.
Tools & Calculators – Our step-by-step calculators help members with growing their super balance, retirement planning and insurance through their super account.
Early access to super – For those who have exhausted their options and are experiencing severe financial hardship, withdrawing some of their super early may be possible under special circumstances. It’s important your employees understand all the options when it comes to accessing their super – specific rules are outlined on our website.
Other handy resources
The MoneySmart Budget planner is an online budget template with features your employees may find useful, such as creating their own custom items. The budget can be printed, saved to a computer or mobile device and there is an Excel spreadsheet version for those wanting to access their budget across multiple devices.
If you have employees who are struggling with bills and debt, financial counselling is a free service offered by not-for-profit community organisations. The MoneySmart website provides information on what financial counsellors do and contact information for financial counsellors.
1. Australian Retirement Trust Pty Ltd ABN 88 010 720 840, the trustee of the Australian Retirement Trust ABN 60 905 115 063 does not endorse these products or services. It is providing this information to Members for their benefit and Members should undertake their own inquiries in relation to the products and/or services offered. Australian Retirement Trust is not an agent, dealer or promoter of the products and/or services offered. Australian Retirement Trust is not liable for any representations made by the suppliers in relation to these products and services. Australian Retirement Trust respects your privacy and does not supply your personal details to these or any other third-party supplier. Please contact Australian Retirement Trust on 13 11 84 or write to GPO Box 2924 Brisbane QLD 4001 if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.
2. Employees in the Australian Retirement Trust group provide advice to members and employers as representatives of Sunsuper Financial Services Pty Ltd (ABN 50 087 154 818 AFSL No. 227867) (SFS), that is wholly owned by the Trustee as an asset of Australian Retirement Trust. SFS is a separate legal entity responsible for the financial services it provides. Eligibility conditions apply. Refer to the Financial Services Guide (pdf) at australianretirementtrust.com.au/fsg for more information.
3. The Trustee has established a panel of accredited external financial advisers who are not employees of the Australian Retirement Trust group. The Trustee is not responsible for the advice provided by these advisers and does not receive or pay any referral fees. These advisers will explain to you how their advice fees are determined.