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CEPAR Director John Piggott talks with UNSW Business School's BusinessThink e-journal about financing our increased longevity including the age pension, superannuation,  insurance, annuities and mature labour force participation.  More 

Chief Investigator Michael Sherris describes CEPAR Longevity and Retirement Financing Research at BANFF International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery,  Workshop October 2015.

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CEPAR held a public forum to improve public understanding of, and promote community discussion about, the impact of population ageing on economic growth, workforce participation and public financing to 2055

This event, on the 8 April 2015, featured incumbent Treasurer, The Hon Joe Hockey MP,  who gave the opening speech, Treasury spokespeople Matt Crooke and John Fraser, and two panels - Retirement and Health, Where do we go from here? - which included audience Q+As with CEPAR researchers and industry representatives.



CEPAR Director Professor John Piggott opens the 2015 Public Forum to discuss the fourth Intergenerational Report

CEPAR Deputy Director Prof Peter McDonald presents a demographic perspective of Australia in 2050 at the CEPAR Public Forum

Matt Crooke from the Federal Treasury describes the processes which inform production of Australia's Intergenerational Reports

The first of the panel sessions at the CEPAR Public Forum featuring Prof Peter Whiteford (ANU), Sean Innis (Department of Social Services), Prof Hal Kendig (ANU) and Prof Philip Clarke (University of Melbourne)

The second panel session at the CEPAR Public Forum featured: Craig Dunn (Financial System Inquiry), Prof Hazel Bateman (UNSW), Ian Yates (COTA Australia) and John Fraser (Federal Treasury)

CEPAR presented a rare opportunity to hear Nobel Laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz at UNSW in July 2014.

Professor Stiglitz is a Professor at Columbia University in New York, where he is a member and former chair of its Committee on Global Thought. A former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, he also chairs the University of Manchester's Brooks World Poverty Institute. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2001. In 2011 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Professor Stiglitz visited Australia as a guest of the Economic Society of Australia, sponsored by the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU.

CEPAR Senior Research Fellow, Rafal Chomik, was a guest speaker at COTA NSW's parliamentary forum in May, which explored the financial difficulties faced by women as they age.

Professor John Piggott talking about social protection and saving policy in Australia at a Conference organised by the World Bank organised conference on population ageing in Asia.

Professor John Piggott talks to Dr Jan Libich about the current pay-as-you-go pension system used by most countries, and its problems due to ageing populations. Professor Piggott discusses possible reforms of the pension system and an 'ideal' version.

Population ageing is a global phenomenon. The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) is developing research and working with industry and government on the best way to tackle the significant social and economic challenges and opportunities this presents.


Population ageing is a global phenomenon. The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) is developing research and working with industry and government on the best way to address the significant social and economic challenges and opportunities this presents.

CEPAR Chief Investigator Michael Sherris presents at the 2013 Recreating Sustainable Retirement: Resilience, Solvency, and Tail Risk Conference at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in conjunction with the University of New South Wales and CEPAR is pleased to present the Academy's 2013 Keith Hancock Lecture by UNSW Scientia Professor John Piggott, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Population ageing has challenged the standard 20th century retirement income paradigm, which relies on ever-growing payrolls to finance retirees. These structures have become unsustainable in many countries, and public promises have not been kept. In this lecture, the challenges of retirement income provision in an era of demographic ageing are explained, and alternative approaches to the financing and design of retirement incomes are explored. Research analysis will be combined with country experience to argue for a set of policies suitable for this new demographic environment.

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Highlights from the 1st CEPAR International Conference, 2 - 4 July 2013

1st CEPAR International Conference - Industry Forum 4th July 2013

Paul Clitheroe AM, Director, ipac Securities

Robert Cumming, Professor of Epidemiology and Geriatric Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Heather Ridout AO, Chair of AustralianSuper

Michael Sherris,  Professor of Actuarial Studies, Associate Head of School and Director of Research, School of Risk and Actuarial, University of New South Wales


1st CEPAR International Conference, 2nd July 2013.

Michael Keane, Nuffield Professor of Economics, University of Oxford and Professor and Australian Laureate Fellow, School of Economics, University of New South Wales.

Complex Decision Making and Cognitive Decline.

1st CEPAR International Conference, 2nd July 2013.

Eileen Crimmins, AARP Professor of Gerontology in the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California.

The World-wide Physiological Revolution: Variability in the Physiology of Aging.

1st CEPAR International Conference, 3rd July 2013.

Theo Nijman, F. van Lanschot Professor of Investment Theory, Tilburg University and Scientific Director of Netspar.

New Dutch Design: Lessons for Australia.

1st CEPAR International Conference, 3rd July 2013.

James Nazroo, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Cathy Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research, University of Manchester.

Age, Wellbeing and Inequality: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

John Beard from the World Health Organisation addresses the public at the 1st CEPAR International Conference - Industry Forum. John spoke on Ageing, the Private Sector and Government.

4th July 2013

George Savvides from Medibank addresses the public at the 1st CEPAR International Conference - Industry Forum. George spoke on The Medibank Effect.

4th July 2013

In May of 2013 CEPAR Chief Investigator Hal Kendig along with Barbara Squires, the Head of Research and Advocacy for IRT, and Kevin Vassarotti, a member of the ACT Ageing Policy Council, presented a seminar at The Australian National University on The Age-Friendly Cities (AFC) movement.

With Aged Care policy on the brink of reform, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research and the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU brought together Australian and international experts to examine the next steps. The Aged Care Policy Dialogue was held in Canberra on 4 December 2012. Here CEPAR Chief Investigator Professor Hal Kendig discusses aged care reform with ABC TV Breakfast host Karina Carvalho.


17 April 2012

With a new process to streamline Australia's skilled migration set to be introduced on July 1, debate over bringing in workers -- temporarily or permanently -- to address the country's skills shortages continues to rage. Some argue skilled immigrants threaten the jobs of unemployed Australians. 

However, demographer Peter McDonald of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Population Ageing Research suggests this is not the case. Migrants can help to grow the economy and raise the wages of lower-skilled workers, he says, although they are only part of Australia's future economic growth story. Prolonging the participation of older people at work is vital, along with ramping up infrastructure to boost productivity.

Professor John Piggott warns that it's time for Australia to prepare for the problems many countries face with an ageing population.

Professor Olivia Mitchell, CEPAR Partner Investigator based at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, discusses retirement risk management during the economic crisis. She emphasizes the importance of promoting financial literacy among the general public, as well as the need to prepare for longevity.

CEPAR Chief Investigator, Professor Kaarin Anstey, from ANU addresses the question,'Is Alzheimer's disease preventable?' in a public lecture for the Australian Association of Gerontology. The event was held at the CSIRO Discovery Centre in early 2011.

Henry Tax Review Panel Member, Professor John Piggott, discusses the outcomes of the tax review one year after its release.