Early superannuation withdrawals slow

APRA released its early superannuation release data for the week ended 16 August, which revealed that only $601 million was withdrawn from Australia’s superannuation system, taking the total amount withdrawn early to $31.7 billion:

According to APRA:

Over the week to 16 August, superannuation funds made payments to 80,000 members, bringing the total number to 4.1 million since inception. The total value of payments during the week was $0.60 billion, with $31.7 billion paid since inception. The average payment made over the period since inception is $7,686 overall and $8,468 when considering repeat applications only.

As shown in the below charts, industry funds comprise the top six super funds for early release, together accounting for more than half of the total funds withdrawn:

These six industry funds alone have seen total outflows of $16.4 billion from 2.2 million applicants, averaging $7,632 per withdrawal.

No wonder industry funds squealed like stuck pigs when this policy was first announced, since less funds under management means less fees.

At least they’ll be breathing a sigh of relief, with withdrawal applications clearly slowing:

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