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03 November 2016
AIST supports the measures in the exposure draft legislation to create a consolidated whistleblower protection framework. The development of a new framework should be accompanied by an examination of corporate misconduct within Australia because a robust whistleblower framework on its own cannot prevent misconduct.
28 October 2016
This inquiry is to investigate alternative models to existing default fund allocation arrangements. AIST argues that members’ best interests must drive the default fund selection process, and that consumer protection must remain in place to protect the millions of Australians who choose not to choose their superannuation fund.
21 October 2016
The third tranche of superannuation reform will implement a lower annual non-concessional contributions cap, an account balance cap on non-concessional contributions and streamlines release authorities for Division 293 taxation. AIST notes the dependence of these measures on timely and accurate data being held by the ATO, but supports these measures and their early consideration by Parliament.
This is AIST's submission to the Senate Economics inquiry into changes to taxation for people on working holiday visas. Included in the package of bills is a measure that will increase the effective taxation on Departing Australia Superannuation Payments to 95.75% for holders of 417/462 visas. AIST opposes this measure as we believe it to be inequitable.
20 October 2016
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a Statement of Issues (SOI) regarding the possible acquisition of Pillar by Link Administration Holdings Ltd. AIST made a submission during the targeted consultation stage which contained our thoughts in regards to the proposed acquisition.
10 October 2016
The second tranche of superannuation reform will implement a transfer balance cap at retirement of $1.6 million, a reduction in the concessional contributions cap to $25,000 p.a., catch-up concessional contributions, removal of anti-detriment provisions, and changes to taxation of retirement income streams.
07 October 2016
The Government’s review of the financial system’s external dispute resolution framework must carefully consider the needs of consumers. Due to the growth of the superannuation sector the dispute resolution framework must continue to be well quipped to deal with consumer demands and AIST believes that there is scope for improvement.
16 September 2016
AIST supports the deductibility of personal contributions, increased eligibility of tax offsets for spouse contributions and the revised arrangements for the low income tax offset. AIST suggests the general exclusion of defined befit funds from the deductibility measure, and a transitional mechanism for the LISTO.
In conjunction with other industry associations, AIST seeks that the Government consult further prior to introduction of the Bill. We seek the amendment of the primary objective to include reference to providing an adequate income that delivers a comfortable retirement.
13 September 2016
AIST welcomes the Productivity Commission's draft report and its focus on developing appropriate evidence-based measures to assess the efficiency and competitiveness of the system