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31 August 2021
AIST proposes specific changes to the Regulations to ensure disclosure does not prejudice members best financial interests. AIST calls for the value of unlisted assets to be disclosed within overlapping price dollar ranges and for the removal of further elements of derivative disclosure.
27 August 2021
Submission to Department of Home Affairs: AIST is supportive of efforts to strengthen corporate governance of cyber security risk across the economy. However, the current regulatory settings in the superannuation sector can respond to emerging cyber related governance risks.
19 August 2021
AIST supports the proposed updates to RG 38 to protect consumers from being sold unwanted products. Further guidance is suggested to assist licensees meet the proposed obligations in areas such as technology, consent, underperformance, generic approaches to a fund, and helping members choose products like insurance.
18 August 2021
AIST welcomes the proposed introduction of a Compensation Scheme of Last Resort (CSLR) to ensure consumers and small businesses receive compensation resulting from uncompensated losses. AIST reiterates the lack of evidence of uncompensated losses within superannuation and highlights existing industry-funded mechanisms that minimise the risk of these losses occurring.
12 August 2021
AIST fully supports the principles of accountability, responsibility, and transparency which underpin the proposed Financial Accountability Regime. Improvements can be made to the Regime, including developing a facility to enable accountable entities to check if potential accountable person candidates have been deregistered...
10 August 2021
While noting the intent behind the Government’s Retirement Income Covenant is to encourage retirees to spend their superannuation by the time they die, AIST’s submission calls for greater consideration on the needs of the majority of Australians who will be retiring on a full or part pension over the next couple of decades and won’t be passing on large super bequests.
09 August 2021
AIST supports a revised principle-based and flexible retirement income covenant, progressed in tandem as soon as possible with a review of financial advice and a legislated objective of superannuation. Existing retirement income products serve many retirees’ needs and meet the members’ interests.
04 August 2021
AIST believes that the draft Guidance provides a relevant framework which enables funds to assess the physical, transition and liability risks associated with climate change. The Guidance can be improved by broadening the terminology used so that it also relates to investment, defining short and long term and making reference to a 1.5-degree scenario.
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.
09 July 2021
AIST supports the implementation of recommendation 2.10 of the Royal Commission and welcomes the Government’s introduction of the Bill.