ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents information about the retirement status and retirement intentions of persons aged 45 years and over who have, at some time, worked for two weeks or more. The data collected in the Retirement and Retirement Intentions survey provides information on retirement trends, the factors which influence decisions to retire, and the income arrangements that retirees and potential retirees have made to provide for their retirement. The data are cross-classified by a range of demographic characteristics such as age and sex, as well as labour force characteristics.
The statistics in this publication were compiled from the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS), conducted throughout Australia during the 2016–17 financial year, as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).
Information on the other surveys collected in the 2016–17 MPHS can be found in paragraph 1 of the Explanatory Notes.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
For the 2012–13 survey, questions were included on Housing tenure, Previous full-time job details and Main source of current personal income. These were excluded from the 2014–15 survey.
For the 2014–15 survey, changes were also made to include the further age ranges of '65 - 69', '70 - 74', '75 - 79' and '80 and over' for questions on transitioning to retirement.
For the 2016–17 survey, enhancements were made to Previous job module, a new question asking "Did you have employees in the business" was added. Questions were also included on Housing tenure.
NOTES ABOUT THE ESTIMATES
The MPHS was designed primarily to provide estimates at the Australia level. Broad estimates are also available for states and territories, although users should exercise caution when using estimates at this level, because of the presence of high sampling errors. For further information about the reliability of the estimates see paragraph 13 of the Explanatory Notes.