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15 March 2017
In these joint submissions AIST and ISA generally welcome the proposals to impose obligations upon financial product issuers and distributors and to provide ASIC with product intervention powers to reduce the likelihood of consumers being mis-sold products that are not aligned with their financial situation, objectives and needs.
10 March 2017
In our submission on this draft Law Companion Guideline, AIST raises a question around the policy intention of different treatment of death benefit income streams depending on whether these are reversionary or non-reversionary for the purposes of the transfer balance cap.
AIST strongly supports the introduction of an ASIC industry funding model and the move towards greater transparency. However, AIST does not support carve-outs from complying with the Government’s Cost Recovery Guidelines (CRG).
07 March 2017
The Senate Economics References Committee is undertaking this inquiry into consumer protections in the banking, insurance and financial services industry.
17 February 2017
Employer superannuation non-compliance remains a serious problem and calls for an automated and systematic response, as well as requiring more resources for managing complaints. AIST argues for ATO and Government to prioritise initiatives to address these challenges and for the success of these initiatives to be monitored and evaluated.
AIST thanks APRA for the opportunity to comment on this draft PPG. AIST supports all assistance that can be provided to trustees to facilitate super fund consolidation. Such consolidation will ensure that the benefits of scale can be provided to fund members.
15 February 2017
AIST supports the existing relief granted in Class Orders [CO 02/1161], [CO 02/1073] and [CO 02/1074].
10 February 2017
AIST has made a brief submission to Treasury in relation to draft regulations to support the implementation of the new superannuation measures. We have not identified any issues on which we need to make comment.
The Australian Whistleblower protection framework is in need of significant reform because it fails to adequately protect whistleblowers. Changes to the law are necessary to ensure that those who disclose misconduct are not adversely affected as a result of making a disclosure and are able to seek redress in the event that they are victimised or suffer detriment.
27 January 2017
AIST strongly opposes the draft recommendation to transition the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal to an industry ombudsman scheme because it will detrimentally affect consumers and superannuation funds. The statutory nature of the tribunal provides consumer protections that cannot be replicated within an ombudsman model.