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18 January 2021
AIST proposes that ASIC further promote existing affordable advice options such as intrafund advice in superannuation, and that they be extended to cover more common advice needs. Proposals to improve use of factual information, consistent disclosure, increased certainty about the nature of advice being provided and back-office efficiency are also made.
23 December 2020
AIST welcomes the opportunity to make a submission on the Your Future, Your Super package, which is made up of the three bills addressing:
2. Single Default Account
3. Best Financial Interests Duty
AIST supports the policy intent of the legislation to empower members, hold funds to account for their performance, and increase transparency and accountability.
07 December 2020
AIST strongly supports measures that seek to enhance the security capabilities of superannuation funds. As the custodians of Australian’s retirement savings, trustees are acutely aware of the need to have robust systems in place to safeguard these finances from all threats.
09 November 2020
AIST supports the Government’s intention to address underperforming superannuation products, improve transparency and disclosure, and reduce the number of duplicate accounts in the superannuation system. AIST has undertaken and supported policy activity to achieve these outcomes over many years.
16 October 2020
AIST is concerned that the proposed legislative amendments transfer rulemaking responsibilities away from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
We support the proposed rules amendments facilitating transfer of Superannuation Complaints Tribunal (‘SCT’) complaints to AFCA. In facilitating this transfer AIST submits, consistent with the AFCA rules, that transferred complaints be handled as efficiently and expeditiously as possible.
24 August 2020
While Australia continues to grapple with the uncertainty of life under COVID-19, the nation’s health is, and should be, always front-of-mind. However, given the significant long-term financial impacts, our supplementary submission focuses on the impact COVID-19 has had on widening an already unevenly distributed retirement savings gap.
12 June 2020
AIST recommends that the raising of any levies on the superannuation industry should be on a risk-weighted basis. AIST advocates that in order to make an informed assessment of the proposed levies it is imperative that in the future any discussion paper should be released simultaneously with a Cost Recovery Impact Statement and an updated Regulator Performance Assessment.
21 May 2020
AIST supports the use of CDR to allow members to share relevant information with their super funds. This will allow super funds to tailor their services, increase member engagement and ultimately improve retirement outcomes for members.
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.