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10 February 2017
AIST has made a brief submission to Treasury in relation to draft regulations to support the implementation of the new superannuation measures. We have not identified any issues on which we need to make comment.
The Australian Whistleblower protection framework is in need of significant reform because it fails to adequately protect whistleblowers. Changes to the law are necessary to ensure that those who disclose misconduct are not adversely affected as a result of making a disclosure and are able to seek redress in the event that they are victimised or suffer detriment.
27 January 2017
AIST strongly opposes the draft recommendation to transition the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal to an industry ombudsman scheme because it will detrimentally affect consumers and superannuation funds. The statutory nature of the tribunal provides consumer protections that cannot be replicated within an ombudsman model.
23 January 2017
LCG 2016/D11 provides guidance around amendments to the calculation of concessional contributions and excess concessional contributions in the Act apply to contributions and amounts allocated by superannuation providers under the new rules from 1 July 2017. AIST welcomes the guidance, and takes the opportunity to raise potential areas for clarification.
LCG 2016/D10 provides guidance around how the defined benefit income cap applies to superannuation income stream benefits that are paid from a non-commutable, lifetime pension or lifetime annuity. AIST welcomes the guidance, and takes the opportunity to raise potential areas for clarification.
19 January 2017
AIST welcomes the opportunity to present our Pre-Budget submission for 2017-18. We do not endorse superannuation being used for deficit reduction to a greater extent than other industry segments or for untested superannuation policy announcements to be made on Budget night.
09 January 2017
This exposure draft legislation which enables ASIC to share information with the ATO without the need for approval of the Chairperson of ASIC. AIST supports measures to promote the streamlining of flows of information between
02 January 2017
AIST considers that the role of social security in prioritising Comprehensive Income Products for Retirement (CIPRs) as recommended by the Financial System Inquiry needs to be addressed in this discussion paper. We believe that the focus on neutrality is not properly reconciled with Government policy and our submission points out that people should be compensated for trading in flexibility.
23 December 2016
This Bill, presently in front of Parliament, seeks to enshrine the objective of superannuation. AIST believes that not including the provision of a comfortable retirement income in the proposed objective is a fundamental defect in the Bill.
16 December 2016
AIST strongly supports the Proposed Funding Model and its move towards transparency and accountability. The method of undertaking levies calculations and producing a CRIS based on ASIC’s past year’s activities will greatly assist transparency.