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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.
13 September 2019
AIST supports focussed and properly resourced regulators however recommends that the raising of any levies on the industry to cover this should be on a risk-weighted basis.
15 August 2019
AIST welcomes the changes which will remove loopholes which presently allow employers to reduce the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) entitlements of employees who use salary sacrifice arrangements. AIST suggests that the effectiveness of this measure could be enhanced by using gross remuneration as the basis of calculation of the SG.
09 August 2019
AIST strongly endorses the proposals to record all complaints, provide reasons and that reporting to ASIC is needed. However, AIST strongly recommends that a complaints data and reporting Framework is needed to ensure that a co-ordinated approach across funds, ASIC and AFCA is taken. The proposed definition of ‘complaint’ needs greater guidance.