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14 June 2017
In this joint submission, AIST and ISA argue for removal of exemptions from the conflicted remuneration prohibitions. We also put a case for client fee agreements to be made annually, as opposed to bi-annually as they are currently. Finally, we call for a strengthening of the rules around soft dollar benefits.
AIST and ISA, in a joint submission, have identified key issues regarding the proposal to establish a new external dispute resolution scheme to replace the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal and the Financial Ombudsman Service.
26 May 2017
AIST supports the introduction of an ASIC industry funding model. We reiterate our lack of support for any carve-outs (eg the ‘Statutory Levy’) from the Government’s Cost Recovery Guidelines.
12 May 2017
An effective breach reporting framework is critical for effective enforcement of the financial services regulatory regime. AIST supports the Review’s proposals to strengthen the breach reporting framework, the inclusion of breaches by financial advisers and credit licensees, and requiring ASIC to report annually on breach reporting at the licensee level.
05 May 2017
The third discussion paper released by the Insurance in Superannuation Working Group (ISWG) outlines options to improve member engagement and understanding of insurance arrangements within superannuation.
24 April 2017
This exposure draft rectifies many of the issues identified during consultation on the new measures introduced as part of the 2016 Budget. AIST strongly supports these changes in principle, however reserves the right to make further comment in May.
12 April 2017
AIST welcomes the certainty that these regulations will bring for providers of innovative income streams. These draft regulations would be improved through limitations on unreasonably long deferral periods, better disclosure of pricing methodologies and better strategy with regards to the declining capital access schedule.
15 March 2017
In these joint submissions AIST and ISA generally welcome the proposals to impose obligations upon financial product issuers and distributors and to provide ASIC with product intervention powers to reduce the likelihood of consumers being mis-sold products that are not aligned with their financial situation, objectives and needs.
10 March 2017
In our submission on this draft Law Companion Guideline, AIST raises a question around the policy intention of different treatment of death benefit income streams depending on whether these are reversionary or non-reversionary for the purposes of the transfer balance cap.
AIST strongly supports the introduction of an ASIC industry funding model and the move towards greater transparency. However, AIST does not support carve-outs from complying with the Government’s Cost Recovery Guidelines (CRG).