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16 May 2022
AIST is supportive of APRA’s planned approach to Phase 2 of its Superannuation Data Transformation project but has proposed alternate implementation effective dates for reporting related to Phase 2, and has asked that APRA clarify the scope and details for each proposed topic as soon as possible.
10 May 2022
AIST notes that the application of the proposed crisis preparedness standards within the superannuation sector is limited to the trustees / RSE licensees of funds and not the funds themselves. This distinction means that profit-to-member super funds are by-and-large already compliant with the new requirements proposed.
29 April 2022
AIST supports AFCA’s proposed removal of the superannuation levy and introduction of a simplified registration and complaint fee pricing model. A user-pays system will ensure that cross-subsidisation is minimised. AIST raises some areas specific to the superannuation sector for further review and consideration.
13 April 2022
AIST appreciates the intent of the Proposed Guidance on Source of Funds and Source of Wealth and calls on AUSTRAC to incorporate clear direction on the application of these measures to the superannuation sector.
12 April 2022
AIST opposes ASIC’s proposal to defer choice product dashboard requirements for a sixth time, and for what would be a total of 13 years, as this would be inconsistent with measures to improve disclosure and consumer protections.
16 March 2022
AIST supports APRA’s proposed amendments to SPS 310 Audit and Related Matters to align with the new reporting standards and forms. However, we highlight concerns in relation to the timing and transition period required for the changes to be adopted, and the general approach to sample selection.
11 March 2022
AIST would like to see the information gathered during this consultation to be considered in any future making of prudential standards affecting profit-to-member superannuation funds which have markedly different business models to commercial funds and other non-super financial services. AIST would particularly like the policy settings around the Operational Risk Financial Reserve to be reviewed.
08 March 2022
AIST supports the ATO’s efforts to revise and update the standard choice form to improve its accessibility for employers and their employees.
15 February 2022
AIST supports enhancements being made to SPS 530 Investment Governance but seeks that the standard better reflect appropriate governance of increasingly large and complex entities. For example, Board should endorse performance benchmark methodology and oversight performance, but can delegate consideration of each investment in each investment option.
AIST welcomes the Federal Government’s draft National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032 and calls for it to consider the specific impact on women’s superannuation.