Wednesday 5th November 2003
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The scheme, a modern day version of the old Government Superannuation Fund (GSF), essentially provides civil servants with a pay rise.
While membership of the scheme is voluntary, those who join will have their contributions matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Matching will be up to 1.5% of salary in the first year and 3% in the second.
It is estimated the scheme will cost $19 million in year one, and $32 million in year two.
A key difference between this – as yet unnamed scheme - and the old GSF is that members will have a choice of providers to use.
The government says employees “will be able to choose from a limited range of investment providers and investment funds that will be authorised to accept employer contributions.”
“It is likely that these providers will be selected via a competitive tendering process to be undertaken in November 2003.”
Although final details of the scheme are yet to be decided it is likely to include the following:
"It is important that the government - as a major employer - sets a good example in encouraging retirement savings,” he says.
The scheme has got support from various quarters including the Investment Savings and Insurance Association and the Retirement Commissioner.
"It is very encouraging to see such a positive approach to workplace saving. Employers and unions working together like this for the benefit of employees could also be a good model for the private sector," Retirement Commissioner Diana Crossan says.
"Most employees in the private sector do not have access to a scheme. I hope to see other employers taking the government's lead and provide staff with access to retirement savings schemes."
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