The super gap: Women retiring in poverty

When: March 9 2021

Where: Victoria, Australia


‘There is a large gap between the superannuation savings of Australian men and women. Because the current superannuation system is linked to paid work, it overwhelmingly disadvantages women who are more likely to move in and out of paid work to care for family members…..right now, many women are living their final years in poverty. If we don’t act, another generation of women will face similar prospects’  (Australian Human Rights Commission).

Our event will explore not just how and why women are experiencing poverty in retirement, but ways in which we can all take positive steps to change this for us and our future generation of women.

All proceeds will be donated to, APHEDA

Our Panel

Catherine Bolger – Director, CSD Professionals Australia

Ms Bolger has extensive experience as a professional trustee director having served on a range of industry fund and related boards for the last 14 years.  She is currently a Director of Professionals Australia, non-executive Director of Mine Wealth+Wellbeing Superannuation Fund and Chairs their Audit Risk and Compliance Committee.  She is a non-executive Director of STC, the closed predominately defined benefit NSW Public Sector Fund.

Ms Bolger is also non-executive Director of the Australian Institute of Trustees (AIST).  She holds Bachelor of Economics and Master of Labour Law and Relations degrees from the University of Sydney, and RG146 Qualification and Super Springboard Level 1 from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.  Ms Bolger is also a Graduate Member of the AICD.

Cath Bowtell – Chief Executive of IFS

Cath is the Chief Executive of IFS. She was previously the Chair of the IFS Board and has worked for many years in senior roles in both the superannuation industry and union movement. Cath is a director of IFM Investors, Industry Super Australia, Deputy Chair of the Royal Women's Hospital and Chair of The New Daily.

She was the Chief Executive of the Australian Government Employees Superannuation Trust (AGEST Super) from 2010 until 2013, when the fund merged with AustralianSuper.

Prior to this Cath was a director of AGEST and AustralianSuper, and Senior Industrial Officer at the ACTU. Until March 2019 Cath was a director of Ausgrid, and continues to provide consulting to Ausgrid on industrial relations.

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