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12 February 2018
AIST believes that individuals should be able to access superannuation savings prior to retirement, but access should only be permitted in limited circumstances as early access can limit an individual’s ability to achieve an adequate retirement.
09 February 2018
We strongly support the Bill and ASIC’s Product Intervention Powers. However, we recommend that the Bill be amended so that all stages of the intermediated models of production and distribution are be captured. In particular, we recommend that product ‘manufacturers’ should be covered by the Bill: this would also better align the Bill with international disclosure trends.
24 January 2018
AIST supports these measures which will reduce the ability of LRBAs to circumvent restrictions on contributions. We point out that fund leverage adds to systemic risk in the financial system, and point to the opportunity that exists to prohibit these, as recommended by the Financial System Inquiry.
01 December 2017
AIST supports measures to increase consumer financial literacy skills in order to improve their ability to make good financial decisions. However, the current regulatory framework is deficient and is hampering the ability of individuals to make appropriate financial decisions and these deficiencies must be addressed.
20 November 2017
This joint submission by AIST and ISA reiterates our disappointment at the decision to dismantle the SCT. AIST believes the transition to AFCA may detrimentally impact the rights of fund members and may put fund trustees in a position where their proposed obligations to AFCA may be in conflict with their obligations to their members.
17 November 2017
AIST supports appropriate penalties for corporate and financial sector misconduct, and generally supports the positions taken in this Paper. We agree that an effective regulator needs to have the regulatory resources, including penalty provisions, to allow them to provide effective enforcement.
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 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.