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Retirement and Retirement Intentions


Retirement and Retirement Intentions (RRI) data are compiled from the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS), conducted throughout Australia during the 2008-09 financial year as a supplement to the Labour Force Survey. The RRI data series focuses on people who are aged 45 years and over. RRI was previously conducted in the 2006-07 financial year, and between August 2004 and June 2005. Previous data on retirement and retirement intentions were collected as a supplementary survey, conducted on an irregular basis between 1980 and 1997.

Data from the survey are used to examine changes in retirement trends over time, factors which influence retirement and the income arrangements retirees and potential retirees have made to provide for their retirement. Data are used primarily in the development and review of income support and superannuation policies. New content in the 2008-09 survey included transition to retirement plans and plans for a healthy/active retirement.

The RRI data is collected under the broad topics of demographics, people who intend to retire from the labour force and people who have retired from the labour force. Data items contained within these topics are capable of being cross classified with Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.

RRI data were collected as a topic within the MPHS along with the Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation topic.



  • Country of birth
    Note: Country of birth is collected as a core data item in the Labour Force Survey. Although individual country of birth is collected, standard outputs for this data item are usually aggregated to one of the following formats:
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Born in main English-speaking countries
      • Born in other than main English-speaking countries
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Oceania and Antarctica
      • North-West Europe
      • Southern and Eastern Europe
      • North Africa and the Middle East
      • South-East Asia
      • North-East Asia
      • Southern and Central Asia
      • Americas
      • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Country of birth and period of arrival
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Arrived before 1971
      • Arrived 1971-1980
      • Arrived 1981-1990
      • Arrived 1991-2000
      • Arrived 2001 to survey date
      Note: Year of Arrival collected in single years


A full list of data items collected for the Retirement and Retirement Intentions Survey is available in Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia (cat. no. 6238.0).

Further details on scope, geographic coverage, data availability and publications, methodology, classifications and concepts are available in Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001) or visit the Retirement and Retirement Intentions entry in the Directory of Statistical Sources.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service.

Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney 2001
Email: client.services@abs.gov.au