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20 October 2017
AIST supports the draft Code of Practice. AIST makes eleven recommendations as part of this submission, based upon key themes that have emerged from consultation with AIST members. AIST notes the low awareness of group insurance in superannuation and recommends that the importance of this be better communicated.
15 October 2017
AIST welcomes the opportunity to present our Pre-Budget submission for 2018-19. Our submission presents solutions aimed at reducing the gender gap, with a focus on improving unpaid superannuation, as well as providing an examination of areas of the economy where Australians aren’t captured as part of our superannuation system.
AIST supports the ASIC Fee-for-Service model, but advocates that the model should comply with the Government’s Cost Recovery Guidelines. AIST also advocates that levies should also be raised by superannuation sector and the volume of regulator activity needed (profit-to-member; retail, etc).
29 September 2017
AIST submits that it is imperative that superannuation fund members and funds are not detrimentally impacted by the proposal to replace the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal with a new one-stop-shop. It is vital for the industry to be consulted in relation to many legislative and non-legislative measures associated with the Bill.
AIST recommends that the outcomes assessment outlined in the Bill be modified in order to reflect the importance of net returns above any other criteria in determining the appropriateness of MySuper product offerings and that the assessment should also apply to Choice products.
AIST welcomes proposed changes which will remove the loopholes that employers can use to reduce the Superannuation Guarantee entitlements of employees that salary sacrifice.
AIST is strongly opposed to all the measures in the Bill, and believes it is inappropriate to prescribe a governance model to apply to all funds absent comprehensive empirical evidence that the current system is failing. The preservation of the equal representation model is paramount for a number of reasons, including investment outperformance.
11 September 2017
AIST supports the member outcomes test proposed for all superannuation products provided the role of net returns are not diluted. AIST also submits that the existing regulatory framework provides APRA with sufficient power to address governance weaknesses.
31 August 2017
The fifth paper released by the Insurance in Superannuation Working Group (ISWG) outlines how practices sometimes described as ‘profit share arrangements’ apply across the industry and operate in practice.
26 August 2017
AIST supports measures which ensure that ASIC has the appropriate powers to ensure that entities applying for Australian Financial Services Licenses (AFSLs) are fit and proper licensees. AIST supported this recommendation from the Financial System Inquiry. AIST's submission indicates our full support for all of the positions proposed in the consultation paper.