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08 June 2018
AIST supports the improvements in the process for raising levies. However, greater transparency, accountability and fairness are needed. Firstly, any discussion paper should be released simultaneously with a Cost Recovery Impact Statement and an updated Regulator Performance Assessment.
28 May 2018
AIST generally supports the package, but changes are needed to better meet members’ best interests. The fee cap calculation needs review and sell spreads need to be included in the calculation of exit fees in order to prevent gaming.
25 May 2018
AIST supports the measures in this Bill, however we consider that limiting the discussion on unpaid super to the Superannuation Guarantee and employees has several disadvantages. AIST has proposed a series of enhancements which could further improve the Bill.
12 April 2018
This supplementary letter addresses the Productivity Commission’s consideration of insurance in the third stage of their inquiry into the competitiveness and efficiency of the superannuation system.
10 April 2018
AIST supports appropriate regulatory guidance for disclosure regarding complaints resolution processes. Provision must be made for any delays in the transition to the new AFCA regime, and AIST supports transitional relief for the event that the transition is unable to occur.
06 April 2018
AIST supports the proposals which have an ongoing focus on improving member outcomes. AIST notes that there are three key issues which are fundamental and need addressing, being the difficulty of meaningful benchmarking, the existence of various disclosure gaps and clarity needed in relation to the interaction with various pending legislative amendments.
23 March 2018
AIST supports transferring the responsibility of assessing early release applications from the Department of Human Services to the Australian Taxation Office. However, we believe the regulations could be improved and make several recommendations that, if implemented, would increase the integrity and efficiency of the early release regime.
20 March 2018
AIST agrees with the draft Report’s themes that consumers are losing their market power to shareholders and this causes consumer detriment.
20 February 2018
AIST supports the Expert Review. Our key concerns with the Disclosure Regime stem from members being placed in a position of not being able to compare products, the inability at system level of comparing fees, costs and returns, and the legislative onus to both collect and report not including investment managers, which hold the data in the first place.
16 February 2018
In this submission, AIST offers a guarded support for the proposed means test treatment outlined in the Position Paper. Whilst we support the principles underpinning this paper, we do not believe that there has been an appropriate balancing of these principles, and suggest that fiscal sustainability should not drive means testing rules.