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07 March 2017
The Senate Economics References Committee is undertaking this inquiry into consumer protections in the banking, insurance and financial services industry.
17 February 2017
Employer superannuation non-compliance remains a serious problem and calls for an automated and systematic response, as well as requiring more resources for managing complaints. AIST argues for ATO and Government to prioritise initiatives to address these challenges and for the success of these initiatives to be monitored and evaluated.
AIST thanks APRA for the opportunity to comment on this draft PPG. AIST supports all assistance that can be provided to trustees to facilitate super fund consolidation. Such consolidation will ensure that the benefits of scale can be provided to fund members.
15 February 2017
AIST supports the existing relief granted in Class Orders [CO 02/1161], [CO 02/1073] and [CO 02/1074].
10 February 2017
AIST has made a brief submission to Treasury in relation to draft regulations to support the implementation of the new superannuation measures. We have not identified any issues on which we need to make comment.
The Australian Whistleblower protection framework is in need of significant reform because it fails to adequately protect whistleblowers. Changes to the law are necessary to ensure that those who disclose misconduct are not adversely affected as a result of making a disclosure and are able to seek redress in the event that they are victimised or suffer detriment.
27 January 2017
AIST strongly opposes the draft recommendation to transition the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal to an industry ombudsman scheme because it will detrimentally affect consumers and superannuation funds. The statutory nature of the tribunal provides consumer protections that cannot be replicated within an ombudsman model.
23 January 2017
LCG 2016/D11 provides guidance around amendments to the calculation of concessional contributions and excess concessional contributions in the Act apply to contributions and amounts allocated by superannuation providers under the new rules from 1 July 2017. AIST welcomes the guidance, and takes the opportunity to raise potential areas for clarification.
LCG 2016/D10 provides guidance around how the defined benefit income cap applies to superannuation income stream benefits that are paid from a non-commutable, lifetime pension or lifetime annuity. AIST welcomes the guidance, and takes the opportunity to raise potential areas for clarification.
19 January 2017
AIST welcomes the opportunity to present our Pre-Budget submission for 2017-18. We do not endorse superannuation being used for deficit reduction to a greater extent than other industry segments or for untested superannuation policy announcements to be made on Budget night.