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ING DIRECT Financial Wellbeing Index (FWI) – Q2 2012 – State by State Snapshot

Published on 24/07/2012


  • Household Financial Wellbeing Index is 105.6 (down from 106.9 in Q1)
  • All dimensions show a decline, including comfort with credit card debt, household bills, and household income
  • One quarter 26% say they have two or more superannuation accounts
  • Three quarters 74% of Australian households don’t know how their superannuation funds are allocated.
  • 23% of households are confident that their superannuation fund will deliver enough for them to retire comfortably. 77% are not.


  • 27% of NSW households understand where their super savings are invested
  • 73% say their super won’t provide a comfortable retirement
  • The Financial Wellbeing Index rose to 108.1 for NSW (up from 105.2 in Q1)
  • The median credit card balance has dropped to $2,051 in Q2 down from $2,609 in Q1
  • 62% of home owners are ahead with their mortgage – the highest proportion of any mainland state.


  • The Index for Victoria fell to 105.5 in the second quarter (from109.0 in Q1)
  • Only 26% of Victorian households understand how their superannuation is invested. 
  • One in four (25%) households are confident their super will provide a comfortable retirement
  • Average credit card debt per household rose from $1,467 in Q1 to $1,611 in Q2.


  • The Index for Qld is 100.6 in Q2 2012, down from 109 in Q1 (and below the National average of 105.6)
  • Only 15% of Queenslanders are confident their super will deliver enough to retire comfortably
  • One in four (23%) who lack confidence plan to sell assets to boost retirement income.
  • Almost one in ten (8%) are pinning their hopes on an inheritance – a figure that rises to 13% among the state’s baby boomers.


  • The Index for SA rose to 104.0 (from 103.5 in Q1)
  • Eight out of ten (82%) SA households don’t think their super will be enough to fund a comfortable retirement.
  • Only 26% of SA households understand how their super is invested
  • Almost half (42%) of those who lack confidence in their super aren’t sure how to bridge the gap


  • The Index reached 108.3 in Q2 2012, above the national Index score of 105.6
  • WA households had the highest average household income – $89,354 in Q2 compared to the national average of $79,497
  • Only 20% of WA residents have a thorough knowledge of their super’s asset allocation compared to 26% nationally
  • Only 25% of households are confident they will have sufficient super for a decent retirement. 

Download the full ING DIRECT Financial Wellbeing Index Q2 2012 PDF

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