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Australia and International Pension Reform: Lessons for the United States

Thursday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
The Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Rooms,
1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC

To RSVP, please call the Brookings Office of Communications at 202-797-6105 or visit the on-line RSVP page

Achieving financial security in retirement is an increasing challenge as more responsibility is placed on individuals to put aside enough money during their working lives to last through their non-working years.  Lessons from Australia’s mandatory retirement savings system—the Superannuation Guarantee—continue to have a great deal of relevance to American policy-makers.

On July 16, the Retirement Security Project and the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center will host Australian Assistant Treasurer Nick Sherry, an architect of the Superannuation Guarantee, who will discuss the system and recent changes to it.  Following the assistant treasurer’s address, a panel of international experts will discuss the relevance of the Australian system to several key proposals in the United States and other countries. 

After each presentation, speakers will take audience questions.


  • William Gale, vice president and director, economic studies program, Brookings Institution

Keynote Address

  • The Honorable Nick Sherry, assistant treasurer, The Treasury, Australian Government

Panel Discussion

  • David John (moderator), principal, The Retirement Security Project, senior research fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • David Harris, managing director, Tor Financial
  • Dallas Salisbury, president and ceo, Employee Benefit Research Institute
  • J. Mark Iwry (invited), senior adviser to the secretary and deputy assistant treasury secretary for retirement and health policy, United States Treasury Department