APRA published a letter informing the registrable superannuation entity (RSE) licensees about the change resulting from the recent passage of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Protecting Your Superannuation Package) Act 2019 (PYSP). PSYP will require all registrable superannuation entity licensees to implement a number of reforms to address account erosion due to excessive fees or unnecessary insurance. In this context, APRA also published a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) addressed to the registrable superannuation entity licensees. The legislation to implement the PYSP reforms becomes effective from July 01, 2019.
The letter states that the government indicated to APRA that it will pursue amendments to the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (SIS Act) to ensure that the government’s policy intent, which underpinned the PSYP legislative reforms, is achieved in the two areas that have been raised by industry. APRA understands that the government will seek to amend the SIS Act to provide that:
- Legislative requirements allow for the aggregation of a members’ interests in one or more products held within a superannuation account
- Rights of members under fixed term insurance cover are not affected and insurance cover is not inappropriately removed. This may affect conventional products where the switching off of cover would have a demonstrable adverse financial effect on the member, such as products that are already fully paid up or currently non-premium paying, whole of life and endowment products, and certain legacy products.
Related Link: Letter and FAQs
Effective Date: July 01, 2019
Keywords: Asia Pacific, Insurance, SIS Act, FAQ, Superannuation, PSYP, Pension Funds, APRA
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