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08 May 2020
AIST supports the implementation of lack of independence disclosure. AIST advocates for more guidance on what the content of this disclosure should include, in order to ensure that clients can understand what this disclosure means and the impact it may have on the financial advice being received.
11 March 2020
AIST welcomes draft regulatory guidance that provides flexibility in enabling trustees to meet their design and distribution obligations and to ensure that their products are aligned with members’ financial situation, objectives and needs. We have raised concerns regarding the overlap with APRA’s Business Performance Review requirements and the listing of employers as a superannuation...
28 February 2020
AIST welcomed the recommendations of the Royal Commission as a historic opportunity to restore community trust in financial services and prioritise member best interests ahead of banking profits and executive bonuses. The key focus of our submission is on 1.15 - Enforceable code provisions, 3.2 & 3.3 - Advice fees in superannuation, 3.4 & 4.1 - No hawking of superannuation and insurance products.
19 February 2020
AIST welcomes the opportunity to present our Pre-Budget Submission for 2020-21. Our submission presents a view of the longer term issues facing the superannuation system. Our recommendations are about improving conditions for members into the future and the fairness in the system.
14 February 2020
AIST endorses the principles of accountability, responsibility, and transparency which underpin the proposed Financial Accountability Regime (FAR) and we support the inclusion of the superannuation sector in its scope.
07 February 2020
AIST has concerns regarding the extension of a compensation scheme of last resort to superannuation, notably because there is no evidence that unpaid determinations are an issue within the superannuation sector. The proposal to extend coverage and funding beyond personal advice is not in line with the approach recommended by the Ramsay Review and endorsed by the Royal Commission.
03 February 2020
The community has clear views on the need for Australians to have retirement income adequate for a dignified and financially secure retirement and the need for the system to be equitable. Australians also expect the system to have integrity and strong member protections. The AIST submission to the Retirement Income Review addresses these themes.
17 January 2020
AIST supports the principle of choice in superannuation but highlights that members in the choice segment are at risk of having materially lower retirement incomes. AIST proposes that the existing exemption remain for enterprise agreements where superannuation benefits in excess of the community standard are negotiated between the employer and their employees.
16 January 2020
AIST reaffirms our support for the Super Data Transformation project covering the whole of the sector, makes constructive suggestions to streamline its effective implementation, and seeks ongoing engagement with APRA.
13 January 2020
AIST is supportive of measures which better enable members to navigate the superannuation system and provide additional member input into policy discussions. We however advocate that a Consumer Advocacy Body must operate in a way that is truly independent and justly represents all consumers, including vulnerable Australians.