According to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), at the end of the third quarter of 2023, more than 600,000 Australian self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) declared investments in digital assets.

In total, the amount of funds invested by SMSFs in cryptocurrency exceeded $658 million. Compared to the same period in 2019, the growth of cryptocurrency holdings of non-state pension funds increased by 400%.

According to the Australian Taxation Office, the national average for SMSF cryptocurrency assets does not exceed 0.1% of the total net assets of pension funds. However, this percentage may vary depending on the actual size of the fund. Smaller SMSFs tend to invest more in digital assets, the ATO explained.

In March, Reuters news agency, citing Australian Taxation Office data, reported that thousands of Australians who had invested their retirement savings in crypto assets through SMSFs were facing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.