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06 April 2018
AIST supports the proposals which have an ongoing focus on improving member outcomes. AIST notes that there are three key issues which are fundamental and need addressing, being the difficulty of meaningful benchmarking, the existence of various disclosure gaps and clarity needed in relation to the interaction with various pending legislative amendments.
23 March 2018
AIST supports transferring the responsibility of assessing early release applications from the Department of Human Services to the Australian Taxation Office. However, we believe the regulations could be improved and make several recommendations that, if implemented, would increase the integrity and efficiency of the early release regime.
20 March 2018
AIST agrees with the draft Report’s themes that consumers are losing their market power to shareholders and this causes consumer detriment.
20 February 2018
AIST supports the Expert Review. Our key concerns with the Disclosure Regime stem from members being placed in a position of not being able to compare products, the inability at system level of comparing fees, costs and returns, and the legislative onus to both collect and report not including investment managers, which hold the data in the first place.
16 February 2018
In this submission, AIST offers a guarded support for the proposed means test treatment outlined in the Position Paper. Whilst we support the principles underpinning this paper, we do not believe that there has been an appropriate balancing of these principles, and suggest that fiscal sustainability should not drive means testing rules.
AIST supports the measures contained in this exposure draft. However, we recommend further measures to effectively address the systemic problem of unpaid superannuation.
12 February 2018
AIST believes that individuals should be able to access superannuation savings prior to retirement, but access should only be permitted in limited circumstances as early access can limit an individual’s ability to achieve an adequate retirement.
09 February 2018
We strongly support the Bill and ASIC’s Product Intervention Powers. However, we recommend that the Bill be amended so that all stages of the intermediated models of production and distribution are be captured. In particular, we recommend that product ‘manufacturers’ should be covered by the Bill: this would also better align the Bill with international disclosure trends.
24 January 2018
AIST supports these measures which will reduce the ability of LRBAs to circumvent restrictions on contributions. We point out that fund leverage adds to systemic risk in the financial system, and point to the opportunity that exists to prohibit these, as recommended by the Financial System Inquiry.
01 December 2017
AIST supports measures to increase consumer financial literacy skills in order to improve their ability to make good financial decisions. However, the current regulatory framework is deficient and is hampering the ability of individuals to make appropriate financial decisions and these deficiencies must be addressed.