Super news and reports
Letters to trustees
1 April 2020 - ASIC and APRA letter to superannuation trustees on impact of COVID-19
The unusual and challenging circumstances associated with COVID-19 require trustees to make new business arrangements, amend priorities and adjust their short-term investment strategies.
13 December 2019 - Superannuation industry urged to focus on improving insurance outcomes for members
ASIC has released Report 646 on the superannuation industry’s progress in improving consumer outcomes in relation to life insurance provided through superannuation.
29 October 2019 - Member communications in relation to Treasury Laws Amendment (Putting Members’ Interests First) Act 2019 and Treasury Laws Amendment (Protecting Your Superannuation Package) Act 2019
ASIC has issued a letter to superannuation industry associations to highlight expectations relating to member communications associated with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Putting Members’ Interests First) Act 2019 and further member communications associated with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Protecting Your Superannuation Package) Act 2019.
4 October 2019 - Insurance in Superannuation Voluntary Code of Practice
ASIC has issued a letter to superannuation industry associations, outlining our observations and concerns about the implementation of the Insurance in Super Voluntary Code of Practice.
10 April 2019 - ASIC and APRA publish joint letter on superannuation fees
ASIC and APRA have written to all registerable superannuation entity licensees to reinforce the importance of ensuring fees charged to members are in line with the members’ best interests.
2 April 2019 - Member communications associated with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Protecting Your Superannuation Package) Bill
ASIC has written to superannuation industry associations to highlight expectations relating to member communications associated with the Treasury Laws Amendment (Protecting Your Superannuation Package) Bill 2018.
ASIC has released a report on the superannuation industry’s progress in improving consumer outcomes in relation to life insurance provided through superannuation.
Report 639 examines the ways in which superannuation funds help members obtain financial advice and the quality of personal advice obtained through the funds.
29 November 2019 - 19-328MR ASIC releases updated RG 97 on fees and cost disclosure
ASIC has released updated guidance on fees and cost disclosure for issuers of superannuation and managed investment products.
ASIC has called on superannuation trustees to improve the standard of communication to fund members about important reforms impacting member insurance arrangements.
29 October 2019 - 19-295MR ASIC extends relief for portfolio holdings disclosure
ASIC has amended ASIC Class Order [CO 14/443] to provide legal certainty about the first reporting day for portfolio holdings disclosure, given the regulations setting out the required disclosures have not yet been made.
A review by ASIC has found significant industry-wide problems with the design of total and permanent disability (TPD) insurance and the claims handling process that mean many consumers can’t rely on this cover when they need it most.
14 October 2019 - 19-279MR ASIC 'calls time' on disclosure reliance
In a joint report published today, ASIC and the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) looked at the effectiveness of disclosure for financial products on consumer outcomes.
ASIC has warned Australian investors considering establishing their own self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) to be particularly aware of the potential downside to such a strategy, and that many Australians set up SMSFs that are inappropriate for their circumstances.
ASIC has remade Class Order [CO 09/437] Departed former temporary residents superannuation - Disclosure relief, which was due to expire on 1 October 2019.
11 September 2019 - 19-249MR ASIC update on Royal Commission implementation
ASIC today provided its second update on its actions in response to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (the Royal Commission).
Released 12 February 2020. This report details our review of trustee communications to superannuation fund members in relation to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Protecting Your Superannuation Package) Act 2019 (PYSP Act). It outlines our expectations about trustees’ future communications to members and contributes to ASIC’s ongoing body of work in relation to insurance in superannuation.
Released 13 December 2019. This report provides background to our work in insurance in superannuation. It also examines industry progress on the implementation of the Insurance in Superannuation Voluntary Code of Practice.
Released 3 December 2019. This report examines the ways in which superannuation funds help members obtain financial advice and the quality of personal advice obtained through the funds.
Released 17 October 2019. This report summarises the findings and recommendations from ASIC’s thematic review of total and permanent disability (TPD) insurance in Australia.
Released 14 October 2019. This report focuses on the real-world context in which disclosure operates.
Released 7 September 2018. This report sets out the findings from recent ASIC work on issues relevant to the consumer experience of insurance provided through superannuation.
Released 28 June 2018. This report gives a comprehensive overview of research commissioned by ASIC into the experiences Australians have when setting up and running self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs).
Released 28 June 2018. ASIC has undertaken a large research project to examine:
- member experiences in setting up and running a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) (member research); and
- whether advice providers are complying with the law when providing personal advice to retail clients to set up an SMSF (advice review).
Released 30 November 2017. This report outlines ASIC’s decisions on applications for the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 (relevant period) for:
- new Australian financial services (AFS) licences and licence variations
- new Australian credit licences (credit licences) and licence variations
- the registration of liquidators, official liquidators, company auditors and approved self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) auditors, and
- financial markets, clearing and settlement (CS) facilities, and derivative trade repositories (trade repositories).
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