Benefits benchmarking specific to Australia

An effective benefits program goes a long way towards improving the employee experience, retaining top talent and establishing your brand in the market.


As the markets change, data is driving a shift towards new and personalised benefits. In the 2021 Australian Benefits Review, you will find continuing trends in wellness and health benefits, along with flexible working arrangements. Gauge what your people want, and how your organisation can respond. 



New 2021 data: changing benefits landscape

Whether it be flexibility on working hours, work locations or connectivity, the way we work has adapted in many ways over the last 12-months. 


The 2021 survey results are available now, with added focus on wellbeing, flexibility and providing greater support for carers. Speak to us today about purchasing the latest data to unpack the trending employee benefits for companies across Australia. 


How does the right mix of benefits contribute to employee experience?

How, when and where we work has significantly changed over the past 12 months. Hear from Nikki Sheppard, Benefits Product Manager, on reviewing benefit offering







About the Australian Benefits Review (ABR)


The 2021 edition of the Australian Benefits Review is the most comprehensive reference guide on all major HR policies and benefit practices in the market. The report is based on data from 378 Australian organisations from a broad spectrum of industries.

The Australian Benefits Review will provide you with the latest in benefits trends and insights.


  • Vehicles (benefit, tool of trade, physical cars and allowances).
  • Leave (parental, annual, purchased leave, personal and charity).
  • Wellness benefits (culture, practices, flexibility, working from home, childcare and aging care support, health and wellness).
  • Retirement benefits (superannuation).
  • Insured employee benefits (Death/TPD, income protection, private health).
  • End of service (turnover and redundancies).
  • Allowances and perquisites (Overtime, shift, IT on call/call out, travel, phones, other).
  • Variable reward (bonuses, commissions, LTI, share purchase plans, Long term incentives, non-financial rewards).
  • Workforce planning.
  • Learning and development.
  • Total reward strategy (reward strategy, rem budgets, review elements, recruitment, referral/sign-on/retention bonuses.


About the ABR





Additional benefits of the review


By purchasing the Australian Benefits Review, you will also receive complimentary standard access to the survey database:


Mercer BenefitsMonitor™    

Mercer BenefitsMonitor™ is an interactive and user-centered online tool that offers a wide range of flexible and intuitive features for benefits reporting and analysis. With direct access to the database used to produce the Australian Benefits Review, 'standard' access to this tool allows you to: 

  • Conveniently compare companies' data versus the market

  • Select only the benefits you want to analyse for the levels required

  • Export your analysis into Excel.

For more information about Mercer BenefitsMonitor™ including premium access and pricing options, please visit the Mercer BenefitsMonitor™ webpage.



Additional ABR benefits

What are the key priorities for 2021?


As the war for talent intensifies, businesses are looking for any opportunity to differentiate and get ahead. Attracting, retaining and engaging talent is the top priority for most HR leaders. In addition, mental health deterioration and workforce exhaustion are proving to be high-priority business risks that leaders must urgently address in order to maintain a healthy and thriving workforce People Risk Report 2021.


Find out the key employee benefit movements to ensure you are staying competitive in the market in attracting and retaining talent. 



Looking for more information?

Learn more about Mercer's Australian Business Review (ABR) and how you can participate with Mercer's salary benchmarking surveys.


  • Product overview


    Product overview

    Product Overview


    In the 2021 report you will also find continuing trends in wellness and health benefits, along with flexible working arrangements.

    In addition to the report, data can be accessed through Mercer BenefitsMonitor. Standard access is complimentary, however you can run peer groups and access detailed benefits reports through the premium version.


  • Product details


    Product details

    Product Details

    Mercer's Australian Benefits Review includes a vast range of features:




    • Novated leases
    • Car allowances (benefit and tool-of-trade)
    • Physical vehicles (benefit and tool-of-trade)
    • Parking


    • Parental leave
    • Annual leave
    • Personal/Carer's leave
    • Other leave

    Wellness Benefits

    • Work culture, practices and flexibility
    • Telecommuting
    • Childcare and aging care support
    • Health, wellness and financial wellbeing
    • Hot desking arrangements
    • Family and domestic violence support

    Retirement benefits

    • Superannuation

    Insured employee benefits

    • Insured benefits
    • Death, disability and accident
    • Private health
    • Salary continuance insurance/total and temporary disablement insurance
    • Personal accident and sickness insurance

    End of service

    • Turnover
    • Redundancy and retrenchment

    Allowances and perquisites

    • Overtime and shifts
    • IT on-call and call-out
    • Travel
    • Mobile phones
    • LAFHA
    • Superannuation
    • Home sale and purchase
    • Location/site allowance
    • Other allowances and perquisites

    Variable reward

    • Short-term incentives
    • Sales commissions
    • Share purchase plans
    • Long-term incentives
    • Waiting and vesting schedules 
    • Non-financial rewards

    Workforce planning

    • Workforce planning strategy

    Learning and development

    • Learning and development budgets
    • Areas of spend
    • Study assistance

    Total reward strategy

    • Remuneration policy
    • Remuneration management and effectiveness
    • Gender pay
    • Recruitment
    • Sign-on and retention bonus
    • Internship availability
  • Sample report


    Sample report

  • Participant list


    Participant list

  • Survey schedule


    Survey schedule

    Survey schedule


    • Participation: 22 March - 14 May 2021
    • Report published: 27 August 2021 (new data available now)


Purchase survey

By purchasing Mercer's Australian Business Review (ABR) and opting to become a participant you become a part of this local and global research community.

* To access participant pricing, you will be required to participate and contribute data to the Australian Benefits Review on an annual basis. If a submission is not received, an invoice will be issued for the difference between the participant and non-participant price.. Additional subscription benefits are also included as part of this package.

Australian Benefits Review (ABR) 2021


Whether it be flexibility on working hours, work locations or connectivity, the way we work has adapted in many ways over the last 12-months.


Individual section cuts available upon request. Hard copy also available at added cost. Please contact Customer Service by completing the form below

Participant *

AUD $2,850 Ex GST




Customised Benefits Benchmarking Services

Uncovering trends and putting them into action

Mercer has a number of customised benchmarking services available using data in the Australian Benefits Review as a source.

  • Peer group benefit cuts - All sections of ABR can be produced according to a specific industry, company size or group of companies. A minimum of 12 companies need to be selected. Delivery is in table format and in excel.
  • Benefits benchmarking services - Mercer can provide a detailed benchmarking report including an overview of statutory requirements, typical practice, market comparison of your practices and provide recommendations for competitive practices.

Need more information?
Contact Customer Service by completing the form below.


Uncovering trends



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Mercer BenefirsMonitor

Access benefits reporting and analysis right at your fingertips

Mercer BenefitsMonitor™ is an interactive and user-centered online tool that offers a wide range of flexible and intuitive features for benefits reporting and analysis. Mercer BenefitsMonitor™ (MBM) is your one-stop source to get market prevalence, legislative updates and key findings of ad-hoc snapshot surveys. Learn how Mercer BenefitsMonitor™ can support your organisations benefits planning and strategies.


Speak with a Mercer Consultant about the ABR, or download the executive summary

Fill in the form below and to understand how the Australian Benefits Review can help form a better employee benefits landscape for your organisation. 

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