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About the Index

Monash Business School’s Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS) is delighted to present the 2017 Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index (the Index). Produced annually with the support of the Victorian Government, the Index is now in its ninth iteration.

The Index – a research partnership between ACFS and Mercer – continues to provide a unique means to benchmark national pension systems. Without fac-tbased research of this type our worldwide understanding of financial provisions for ageing populations would be significantly poorer.

ACFS specialises in financial research and dialogue to promote the public interest. We support practice, research and education with our in-house expertise and links to academia, industry and government, both in Australia and abroad. Our industry-relevant and evidenced-based research represents a valuable source of independent commentary.

The Index, for example, has become an important reference for government planners and academics studying pension systems. It provides a basis to ask questions about the sustainability of current pension planning – both in countries that enjoy demographic dividends, as well as those with rapidly ageing populations. We encourage participating countries to draw on the Index, exchange ideas and proactively formulate questions that addresses the inevitable difficulties associated with demographic change. Please share these ideas with us so that we can improve.

To ensure the objectivity of our findings an expert reference group oversees the development of the Index and ensures it represents an independent and unbiased view. Many thanks to the members of this group:

  • Syd Bone, Chair, Executive Director of CP2
  • Professor Keith Ambachtsheer, Director, Rotman International Centre for Pension Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Professor Hazel Bateman, Head, School of Risk and Actuarial, University of NSW Business School and Deputy Director, Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)
  • Professor Joseph Cherian, Practice Professor of Finance, National University of Singapore
  • Professor Gordon Clark, Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford and Visiting Professor Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University
  • Professor Kevin Davis, University of Melbourne and Research Director ACFS
  • Dr Vince FitzGerald AO, Chairman, ACIL Allen Consulting
  • Professor Deborah Ralston, Chair, Digital FinanceAdvisory Committee – ASIC, Part-time member,
    Payments System Board, Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Ian Silk, Chief Executive. AustralianSuper
  • Professor Susan Thorp, Professor of Finance, University of Sydney Business School, University of Sydney


The lead author Dr David Knox and his team at Mercer have once again delivered an outstanding set of findings for which we are most grateful. The in-country experts at Mercer who assisted with the collection and interpretation of the data, deserve special mention because these insights provide context and depth, which is critical for understanding the big picture.

Special thanks also to the Victorian Government’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources for its long-term support of this study, and to its staff for their assistance and guidance.

The Index represents a multinational achievement. Thank you to each of the countries that have joined us in creating this report.

Professor Edward Buckingham
Interim Director
Australian Centre for Financial Studies

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