Australian Centre for Financial Studies

Australian Equities Database

About the project
The ACFS Australian Equities Database is a unique digital database of Australian Equities from 1926 to 1995. The database fills gaps in Australian databases and provides a more comprehensive base for the analysis of portfolio formation strategies and capital asset pricing models over the longer term.

The following data is currently available through the AED which can be downloaded in CSV format:

  • Coverage of just under 6000 companies
  • Monthly data on 18 variable
  • Market and company level price and accumulation indices
  • Web based charting capability

Project partner

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More details
To find out more or request access to the Australian Equities Database contact Yianni Katiforis at

CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster

About the project
The Super Research Cluster aims to examine issues pertaining to the future of Australia's superannuation and retirement systems. Total superannuation savings now exceed the size of domestic GDP, with Australia hosting the fourth largest investment management  industry globally.

While the size of these funds augers well for the future of the Australian retirement system, it poses a number of questions attracting the interest of industry participants, policy makers and the wider community. Especially with respect to the allocation of assets across the economy, and the needs  and  well-being  of a rapidly ageing population in the post-retirement phase.

These issues are not unique to Australia. Governments in both developed and developing countries around the world are seeking solutions to providing for retirement of an ageing population in a sustainable manner. There is much to be learnt from other jurisdictions, which is why the CSIRO-Monash Cluster  is  drawing  on very experienced researchers from around the world to participate in this ambitious research program.

The CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster is a collaboration between Australia's CSIRO and four universities: Monash University, University of Western Australia, Griffith University and the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. In addition, the Cluster engages on an ongoing basis with  a  range  of industry supporters, government agencies and industry peak bodies who assist in providing guidance and feedback to researchers, providing data, and in disseminating outcomes.

Project partners
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With the support of major industry bodies and government departments:

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
  • Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST)
  • Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA)
  • Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  • Federal Treasury
  • Financial Services Council (FSC)
  • Productive Ageing Centre, National Seniors Australia
  • Productivity Commission

Professor Hazel Bateman of UNSW also provides advice to the Cluster.

More details
For more information about the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster please visit or contact Deborah Ralston at

Financial Integration in the Asia-Pacific

About the project
The Asia-Pacific region is among the most financially restrictive and fragmented in the world, and this fragmentation has significant implications for consumers and businesses. This project aims to bring forward evidence to enable a dialogue around the future of financial integration. It will provide      Australian and Asian industry practitioners, policy-makers and other stakeholders with the data and research necessary to enhance long-term strategic planning and decision-making.

The project is governed by a Steering Committee led by an Emeritus Chairman, Mark Johnson AO. Mr Johnson was Chairman of the Australian Financial Centre Task Force and lead author of the 2009 ‘Johnson Report’. Professor Rodney Maddock of Victoria and Monash Universities provides academic oversight of the research.

Project partners

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More details
For more details about the project please contact Martin Foo at

Funding Australia's Future

About the project
ACFS initiated Funding Australia’s Future in 2012 to better understand the changing dynamics of the financial system and its impact on future economic growth.

  • Stage 1 analysed the interaction between suppliers of funds, financial sector participants, and end users throughout the economy.
  • Stage 2 assessed how well Australia’s financial sector serves the economy, and how effectively it links the sources and uses of finance for the benefit of Australian society.
  • Stage 3 explored current issues challenging the future of the financial system and its role in serving the economy.
  • Stage 4 will develop a framework and explore evidence on the role of fintech in Australia’s financial system as well as the broader Australian economy. The project will commence in November 2016.

The project is supported by stakeholders from across the financial services sector who provide valuable insights into the research, however the final outputs are the independent work of leading academics.

More details
For more details about the project please visit or contact Eliana Maddock at

Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index

About the project
The Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index (MMGPI) compares retirement income systems around the world based on their adequacy, sustainability and integrity. The provision of financial security in retirement is critical for both individuals and societies as most  countries grapple with the social and  economic effects of ageing populations.

The MMGPI objectively assesses the retirement income systems of 25 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The report looks back at how the sustainability of pension systems has evolved over the seven years since the Index began and makes specific policy suggestions to improve pension  systems  in each country.

The project commenced in 2009 and is produced annually in collaboration between ACFS (project manager), Mercer (author) and the Victorian Government. The development and production of the Index is guided each year by an eminent Steering Committee.

Project partners

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More details
For more details visit or contact Yianni Katiforis at