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12 hours (incl. assessments) CPD   Virtual Classroom

RG146 Foundations of Super

AIST’s new offering is ideal for both industry newcomers who need a thorough introduction to superannuation and those who want a broad overview of the industry, including new trustee directors.

The RG146 Foundations of Super course was developed by AIST to suit those, including staff in client-facing roles, who need to be RG146 compliant but who don’t intend to undertake the AIST Diploma of Superannuation, and will not be giving personal advice.

The course meets all the generic and specialist knowledge requirements specified by ASIC in Regulatory Guide (RG)146. It explores the history, rules and regulations of superannuation and how it fits into Australia’s economic landscape. 

Over coming months RG146 Foundations will be delivered through a virtual classroom.

Participants will be given access to the course materials two weeks ahead of the class and asked to pre-read the modules.  

The virtual classroom sessions, via zoom video conference, will be delivered as three hour sessions over three consecutive half days to address the nine modules.

Each half-day will begin with a two hour session from 10.00am - 12.00pm, including a five minute break.  At 12.00 participants will be free to do other tasks and have lunch before returning to the virtual classroom at 1.00pm for the final hour. 

Students will be required to complete the single online multiple-choice assessment in their own time.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive 12 CPD and a statement of completion.

The course may also be completed through a self-paced option.


Wondering how this course differs from RG146 for the Superannuation Industry? Find out here!

Who should register?

Industry newcomers and those who want a broad overview of the industry, including new trustee directors.


Learning outcomes

  • Key aspects of Australia’s superannuation system
  • The role of other organisations that interact with superannuation funds
  • The main pieces of legislation that impact on the operation of superannuation funds
  • The options available for accessing superannuation savings in retirement

Topics will include

Superannuation history & overview (stats)

The government’s three-tiered retirement income policy

Trust structure & concessional tax treatment

Benefit designs (accumulation and DB)

Types of fund (Industry, Corporate, Retail, Public Sector, SMSF, taxed & untaxed funds)

Use of service providers    

Legislation (SIS, Corps Act, AML/CTF, Tax Acts, Privacy)

Regulation (APRA, ASIC et al)


Role of the trustee

Trustee responsibilities (covenants, best interests) 

Who can contribute?

Contribution types & limits

Tax on contributions

Tax concessions  (spouse contributions, deductibility, salary sacrifice, First Home Super Saver Scheme)

SG payment requirements


Conditions of Release

Death Benefits

Taxation on benefit payments

Basic investment concepts (asset classes, risk & return, long-term investment, diversification)

The super fund investment process (strategy, objectives, implementation, manager selection & monitoring) 

Business Cycles

Key Economic Indicators

Operation of financial markets

The impact of Government policies (fiscal/monetary policy)

Member communications (statements, SENs, annual reports, Websites, call centres)

Disclosure documents (FSG, PDS, GAW, SOA)

Facts, Information & Advice

Complaints (AFCA)

Benefit types (Death & Total and Permanent Disablement, Income Protection)



Claims process

Tax on benefits

Centrelink’s Age Pension

Retirement products (account-based pensions & annuities)

Tax treatment  

Course duration

Three consecutive half days including a Multiple Choice Exam which takes between 60 - 90 minutes

Important notes


25 - 27 November 2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Virtual Classroom