Benefits benchmarking specific to Australia


An effective Benefits Program goes a long way towards improving culture, 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 2019 report you will also find continuing trends in wellness and health benefits, along with flexible working arrangements. Gauge what your people want, and how your organisation can respond. 



Benefits benchmarking







About the Australian Benefits Review (ABR)


The 2019 edition of the Australian Benefits Review is the most comprehensive reference guide on HR policies and benefit practices in the market. The report is based on data from 285 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, 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 are not only accessing our comprehensive review you are also subscribing to participate which entitles you to a range of benefits:


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 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.

The Australian Benefits Review includes free 'standard' access to Mercer BenefitsMonitor. For more information about Mercer BenefitsMonitor™ including premium access and pricing options, please visit the Mercer BenefitsMonitor™ webpage.


Additional ABR benefits



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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 2019 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 detail benefits reports through the premium version.


  • Product details


    Product details

    Product Details

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


    New for 2019

    • Prevalence of trans-gender leave
    • Policy review practices for short-term incentive plans
    • Policy review practices for sales commission plans
    • Features of long-term incentive plans, including malus or claw back policy
    • Financial incentives for interns



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


    • Parental leave
    • Annual leave
    • Personal leave
    • Other leave

    Wellness Benefits

    • Work culture, practices and flexibility
    • Telecommuting
    • Childcare
    • Health and Wellness

    Retirement benefits

    • Superannuation

    Insured employee benefits

    • Death, disability and accident
    • Private health

    End of service

    • Turnover
    • Redundancy and retrenchment

    Allowances and perquisites

    • Overtime and shifts
    • IT on-call and call-out
    • Travel
    • Mobile phones
    • LAFHA
    • Other allowances

    Variable reward

    • Short-term incentives
    • Sales commissions
    • Share purchase plans
    • Long-term incentives
    • 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 framework
    • Remuneration management and effectiveness
    • Recruitment
    • Sign-on and retention bonus
    • Internship availability
  • Sample report


    Sample report

    Sample Report

    Download a sample of Mercer's Australian Benefits Review (ABR):


  • Participant list


    Participant list

    Participant list

    Download a listing of Mercer's Australian Benefits Review (ABR) participants:


  • Survey schedule


    Survey schedule

    Survey schedule


    • Participation Deadline: April
    • Report published: August


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.

Australian Benefits Review (ABR) 2019

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

Participant *

AUD $2,600 Ex GST

* By subscribing to this review, you will be required to participate and contribute data to this survey on an annual basis.. Additional subscription benefits are also included as part of this package.




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.

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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 adhoc snapshot surveys. Learn how Mercer BenefitsMonitor™ can support your organisations benefits planning and strategies.


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