The purpose, role and future of superannuation

The purpose, role and future of superannuation

Sep 15
Join Trustees from across the country to discuss superannuation with AustralianSuper Chairman, Dr Don Russell.
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Dr Don Russell, Chair, AustralianSuper

Event Overview

AustralianSuper Chairman, Don Russell, will lead a discussion on superannuation in Australia, exploring:
  • The long-term nature of superannuation and its importance to the community, economy and policy certainty;
  • Superannuation Guarantee of 12% is vital for the economy and members to reach best possible outcome in retirement; 
  • Purpose of superannuation to supplement and increase retirees’ financial wellbeing on the pension;
  • Superannuation landscape – increasing need for merger and consolidation in the sector; and
  • Role superannuation can play in the post Covid-19 economic recovery.
Roundtable start times:
SA/NT: 2.10pm
WA: 12.40pm

This virtual roundtable is by invitation only. The roundtable will be conducted on a virtual platform and numbers are limited to maximise participation. Invitations to virtual roundtables are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies. Roundtable discussions will be targeted to varied groups, including state-based Trustees discussions, national or industry sector Trustee roundtables, and c-suite conversations.

Meet the speaker

Dr Don Russell
Chair, AustralianSuper

Dr Don Russell was jointly appointed as an Independent Director of the AustralianSuper Board in May 2019. Since June 2018 he has been a director of the Centre for Policy Development. Previous directorships include with CSIRO and Chair of State Super. Don has held the roles of Chief Executive of the South Australian Departments of the Premier and Cabinet, and State Development; and Secretary of the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. He has held senior roles at BNY Mellon Asset Management Australia and Sanford C Bernstein, and has been a consultant to the World Bank, Bankers Trust, Westpac and as a Counsellor in the Australian delegation to the OECD in Paris. Between 1993 and 1995 Don served as Australia's Ambassador to the USA in Washington and between 1985 and 1993, and again in 1996, he was Principal Adviser to the Hon Paul Keating both during his time as Treasurer and Prime Minister. 

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