Your views will help shift pol­icy and drive de­bate

Southern Telegraph - - Shaping Your Life After Work - Kris­ten Turn­bull is di­rec­tor of CoreData WA Kris­ten Turn­bull

The in­au­gu­ral Re­tirees’ Voice re­search, a col­lab­o­ra­tion with WA News­pa­pers, pro­vided an un­prece­dented op­por­tu­nity to can­vass the views of more than 5500 West Aus­tralian se­niors.

The huge sam­ple — gath­ered via an on­line sur­vey hosted by CoreData — is un­prece­dented for a sur­vey that took more than 20 min­utes to com­plete.

The high par­tic­i­pa­tion rate is in­dica­tive of the de­sire among WA’s re­tiree pop­u­la­tion to have their voices heard.

The re­search, un­doubt­edly WA’s big­gest and most com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey of the over 55s, gen­er­ated in­sights into the goals, ex­pe­ri­ences and con­cerns of our re­tirees and pre-re­tirees.

The sur­vey cov­ered top­ics rang­ing from su­per­an­nu­a­tion and fi­nan­cial ad­vice through to aged care and re­tire­ment fund­ing.

The sam­ple was weighted to re­flect the WA pop­u­la­tion by age, gen­der, wealth and re­tire­ment sta­tus based on data from the Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics.

As a re­searcher, I get pretty ex­cited about data — par­tic­u­larly when it pro­vides you with a deep in­sight into the be­hav­iour of a par­tic­u­lar de­mo­graphic. And this sur­vey did not dis­ap­point.

The re­sults have far-reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions for pol­i­cy­mak­ers, fi­nan­cial ser­vices in­sti­tu­tions, aged-care providers and any­one tar­get­ing prod­ucts and ser­vices at the re­tiree mar­ket.

We hope the re­sults will drive dis­cus­sion in the me­dia, busi­ness sec­tor and Gov­ern­ment on the need for fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port for WA se­niors to en­sure they at­tain the re­tire­ment life­style they are seek­ing — whether that means re­main­ing at work, trav­el­ling, spend­ing time with fam­ily or be­ing ac­tive in their com­mu­nity.

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