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5655.0 - Managed Funds, Australia, September 2015  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/11/2015   
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Jun Qtr 2015
Sep Qtr 2015

Total managed funds industry
2 627 147
2 590 648
Consolidated assets total managed funds institutions
2 061 293
2 033 909
Cross invested assets between managed funds institutions
537 335
524 273
Unconsolidated assets total managed funds institutions
2 598 628
2 558 183
Life insurance corporations
298 022
292 026
Superannuation (pension) funds
1 938 146
1 905 242
Public offer (retail) unit trusts
312 425
311 057
All other managed funds institutions
50 035
49 858

Managed Funds
Graph: Managed Funds

Unconsolidated Assets, by type of institution
Graph: Unconsolidated Assets, by type of institution


  • At 30 September 2015, the managed funds industry had $2,590.6b funds under management, a decrease of $36.5b (1%) on the June quarter 2015 figure of $2,627.1b.
  • The main valuation effects that occurred during the September quarter 2015 were as follows: the S&P/ASX 200 decreased 8.1%; the price of foreign shares, as represented by the MSCI World Index excluding Australia, decreased 8.6%; and the A$ depreciated 8.7% against the US$.

  • At 30 September 2015, the consolidated assets of managed funds institutions were $2,033.9b, a decrease of $27.4b (1%) on the June quarter 2015 figure of $2,061.3b.
  • The asset types that increased were short term securities, $7.6b (8%); bonds, etc., $2.9b (3%); land, buildings and equipment, $1.7b (1%); and other non-financial assets, $0.8b (8%). These were partially offset by decreases in shares, $25.6b (4%); other financial assets, $7.7b (20%); units in trusts, $5.4b (2%); overseas assets, $1.4b (0%); deposits, $0.3b (0%); and loans and placements, $0.1b (0%). Derivatives were flat.

  • At 30 September 2015, there were $524.3b of assets cross invested between managed funds institutions.

  • At 30 September 2015, the unconsolidated assets of common funds increased $0.1b (1%). Superannuation (pension) funds decreased $32.9b (2%), life insurance corporations decreased $6.0b (2%); public offer (retail) unit trusts decreased $1.4b (0%); and cash management trusts decreased $0.2b (1%). Friendly societies were flat.



ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2015 26 February 2016
March 2016 26 May 2016
June 2016 25 August 2016
September 201624 November 2016


There have been revisions as a result of the receipt of revised administrative data, survey data and due to the inclusion of new survey respondents.
  • Table 3 Life insurance corporations - revised for the June quarter 2015.
  • Table 4 Superannuation (pension) funds - revised back to the September quarter 2013.
  • Table 5 Public offer (retail) unit trusts - revised back to the December quarter 2014.
  • Table 6 Friendly Societies - no revisions.
  • Table 7 Common funds - revised back to the June quarter 2015.
  • Table 8 Cash management trusts - revised back to the March quarter 2015.
  • Table 9 Resident Investment Managers - revised back to the September quarter 2013.


As the ABS has previously advised, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) introduced an enhanced set of reporting forms for Registrable Superannuation Entities (RSEs) from September quarter 2013. A number of data items provided from the new APRA collections significantly deviate from the previous ones, both in concept and definition. Where the impact on an affected series could not be estimated, the ABS has been moving forward the affected series using cautiously chosen indicators derived from other ABS collections that have a very strong historical correlation to these series. This methodology will continue to be applied until additional superannuation data collection requirements can be implemented by APRA which satisfy the conceptual and definitional requirements of the ABS. Users are advised to continue exercising caution when using superannuation data in this publication.


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