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Insurance in superannuation provides a valuable safety net of death and disability cover for most Australians.
Insurance in superannuation delivers enormous benefits for the Australian community and is an integral aspect of our superannuation system.
While there are some exceptions for younger members and smaller accounts, insurance in superannuation is typically provided automatically when a member joins a fund. Members may reduce or cancel their cover at any time. Members can also apply to increase their cover to meet their individual needs.
AIST is proud to be an owner of the Insurance in Superannuation Voluntary Code of Practice, which came into effect from 1 July 2018. The Code’s overarching objective is to improve the insurance in superannuation, and the processes by which insurance benefits are provided.
AIST, ASFA and the FSC are the Insurance in Superannuation Code-Owners and are responsible for oversight and development of the Code.
The Code is being implemented by superannuation funds, including AIST member super funds, as part of the superannuation industry’s commitment to high standards when providing insurance to members of superannuation funds. Code implementation is taking place from now to various dates until 30 June 2021.
An implementation committee of super funds, insurers, administrators and code owners (including AIST) is facilitating implementation, assisting trustees in interpreting and meeting their commitments under the Code, and addressing practical matters of Code compliance and interpretation.
The Code-Owners are reviewing the Code to align it with the Protecting Your Super and the Putting Members’ Interests First Legislation. Both pieces of legislation make big changes to insurance in super and we don’t want the Code to be inconsistent with the law.
The Code review process commenced in October 2019, and is being supported by a committee also involving super funds, insurers and administrators. It will also take into consideration feedback and issues identified by ASIC When the Code has been updated will be updated, there will be a process of consultation involving industry and community representatives.
The Insurance in Superannuation Voluntary Code of Practice is being implemented by superannuation funds, including AIST member funds.
AIST, ASFA and the FSC are the Insurance in Superannuation Code-Owners and are responsible for the development of the Code.
The Code-Owners have reviewed the Code with a view to aligning it with the recent Protecting Your Super legislation, however, we have agreed to wait until we know whether the Government is making any changes to that Act or intends to re-introduce the ‘Putting Members’ Interests First’ Bill – both of which impact on insurance – before making changes to the Code. The Code will be updated will be updated and posted on this website as soon as this becomes clear.
Funds that have adopted the Code were required to publish their transition plan for implementing the Code on their website by 31 December 2018. The overwhelming majority of AIST members have done this and a link to these plans is available below. Code implementation is taking place from now to various dates until 30 June 2021.
Download the Insurance in Superannuation Code of Practice
Almost all profit-to-member superannuation funds have adopted the Code and are transitioning their insurance services to fit Code requirements.
AIST is actively promoting the Code to our members, to consumers and to other industry participants to lift standards and improve consumer protections.
AIST is continuing to provide assistance to member funds about transition planning, implementation, the operation of the Code and alignment with recent law reform initiatives about insurance in super.
View full list of AIST member funds to have adopted the Code, with links to their statements about the Code and transition plans.
An implementation committee of super funds, insurers, administrators and code owners (including AIST) is facilitating implementation, assisting trustees in interpreting and meeting their commitments under the Code, and addressing practical matters of Code compliance and interpretation. Trustee, insurer, administrator and industry association representatives comprise the committee.
Download the Guidance document
Download the spreadsheet of discussions on compliance and interpretation
A template has been prepared to assist funds clearly identify each of the code requirements and support the detailed tasks that may be required for implementation. Thanks to HESTA for preparing this and making it available to AIST member funds.
Download the Code Analysis Template
The Code promotes better data standards and improved transparency arrangements to help members make informed decisions and to compare insurance offerings.
A Key Fact Sheet (KFS) has been developed in a standard format for funds to use. Increasing numbers of funds are now using the Key Fact Sheet.
Download the Key Fact Sheet
The Key Fact Sheet is customised to reflect the automatic insurance cover your fund offers. The attached Information Cover Sheet for Trustees provides important instructions to assist you with this.
Download the KFS Information Cover Sheet