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03 February 2020
The community has clear views on the need for Australians to have retirement income adequate for a dignified and financially secure retirement and the need for the system to be equitable. Australians also expect the system to have integrity and strong member protections. The AIST submission to the Retirement Income Review addresses these themes.
17 January 2020
AIST supports the principle of choice in superannuation but highlights that members in the choice segment are at risk of having materially lower retirement incomes. AIST proposes that the existing exemption remain for enterprise agreements where superannuation benefits in excess of the community standard are negotiated between the employer and their employees.
16 January 2020
AIST reaffirms our support for the Super Data Transformation project covering the whole of the sector, makes constructive suggestions to streamline its effective implementation, and seeks ongoing engagement with APRA.
13 January 2020
AIST is supportive of measures which better enable members to navigate the superannuation system and provide additional member input into policy discussions. We however advocate that a Consumer Advocacy Body must operate in a way that is truly independent and justly represents all consumers, including vulnerable Australians.
23 December 2019
AIST supports the use of CDR to allow members to share relevant information with their super
funds. This will allow super funds to tailor their services, increase member engagement and ultimately improve retirement outcomes for members.
22 November 2019
AIST supports the intent of the Code in encouraging higher standards of behaviour and professionalism in the financial advice industry however AIST seeks further clarification within the guidance on how the code applies to the provision of scaled and in particular intra-fund advice.
25 October 2019
AIST welcomes the release of the draft regulations ensuring the ongoing operation of the lost and unclaimed money regime for certain superannuation products. AIST raised concerns that there is insufficient clarity in the Regulations on how members that have previously made a severe hardship claim should be treated by an RSE licensee and has called for more guidance in this area.
23 October 2019
AIST concurs with the proposal that the board of APRA-regulated entities should be responsible for the remuneration framework and its effective application. We support the principle that remuneration outcomes must be commensurate with performance and risk outcomes and that higher standards must be met for key roles.
10 October 2019
AIST welcomes the emphasis in Draft SPG 516 on the promotion of members’ financial interests. Pursuing long-term net returns for members must be the primary consideration in achieving optimal retirement outcomes, supported by risk management, governance, scale, sustainability and member services.
03 October 2019
AIST supports measures to ensure employer superannuation compliance but argues that an amnesty would weaken other existing and proposed compliance measures. Evidence shows that amnesties harm compliance culture. An amnesty was not recommended by the Government’s own inquiry into unpaid super. AIST recommends that the Bill not be proceeded with.