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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AIST believes that the draft Guidance provides a relevant framework which enables funds to assess the physical, transition and liability risks associated with climate change.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AIST broadly supports the draft Guidance on Remuneration but has identified areas of concern related to how funds with no clawback or deferral (because of no variable remuneration) will meet APRA’s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.
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.