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29 July 2021
AIST broadly supports the draft Guidance on Remuneration but has identified areas of concern related to how funds with no clawback or deferral (because of no variable remuneration) will meet APRA’s expectations regarding consequence management. It is unclear how consequence management is expected to be demonstrated in such cases.
29 June 2021
AIST welcomes the exposure draft of Treasury Laws Amendment (Measures for Consultation) Bill 2021: Superannuation information for family law proceedings and congratulate the Government for moving to implement the ATO information sharing measure outlined in the Bill.
04 June 2021
AIST supports the new breach reporting regime and welcomes greater transparency and accountability requirements. We suggest further enhancements to the guidance on what constitutes ‘core obligation’, ‘significance’, ‘material loss or damage’, and requirements relating to ‘investigations’ to provide greater clarity and assist licensees in meeting their new obligations.
AIST supports transparency and accountability regarding proxy voting, however, if implemented, the prescriptive nature of the detailed recommended disclosure regime and additional regulation on the ownership structure of proxy advisors would result in the undermining of trustees’ capacity to act in member’s best financial interest.
25 May 2021
AIST supports the objectives of the Your Future Your Super package to hold super funds to account for their performance, address the creation of unintended multiple accounts, empower members and increase transparency and accountability. AIST does not believe the legislation or regulations will deliver on these objectives.
22 April 2021
AIST welcomes AFCA’s consultation of the draft Engagement Charter and its intent to set out expectations on all users of the service, including AFCA.
26 March 2021
AIST calls for improvements to be made to AFCA’s initial handling of complaints, handling of conciliation conferences, and overall administration to ensure complaints are resolved in a fair, efficient, timely and independent manner.
18 March 2021
AIST welcomes the opportunity to make a submission on the Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Future, Your Super) Bill 2021 (the Bill), which is comprised of three Schedules addressing:
1. Single Default Account
2. Addressing underperformance in superannuation
3. Best financial interests duty
09 March 2021
AIST acknowledges the further clarity and guidance APRA has provided in this iteration but calls on APRA to seek mandatory SuperStream insurance data fields to better promote member insurance interests. AIST also calls for further guidance on independent certification arrangements, timing, and process; and to clarify expectations for members leaving employer supported insurance arrangements.
19 February 2021
AIST supports the intent of the Bill. Superannuation assets are already highly regulated and protected, and these measures must be applied in a way that avoids duplication, uncertainly and unnecessary cost. AIST makes recommendations to support the efficient implantation of the legislation and associated rules within superannuation.