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Corporate regulators back superannuation reform

  • February 14 2020
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Corporate regulators back superannuation reform

By Grace Ormsby
February 14 2020

ASIC and APRA have joined forces to praise legislative reform proposals around superannuation.

ASIC and APRA

Corporate regulators back superannuation reform

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  • February 14 2020
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ASIC and APRA have joined forces to praise legislative reform proposals around superannuation.

ASIC and APRA

According to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), the proposed reforms unveiled last month by the Treasurer would introduce “important reforms that will support ASIC and APRA to carry out their roles as co-regulators in superannuation”.

The proposed reforms include expanding ASIC’s role as conduct regulator in the superannuation space while retaining APRA’s role as prudential and member-outcomes regulator.

According to ASIC and APRA, the legislation will see enhancement in “the close co-operation and collaboration between the two regulators”.

In welcoming the reform, ASIC commissioner Danielle Press indicated that both ASIC and APRA “have a shared commitment to improving the fitness of the superannuation system for Australians, and we strongly support these reforms”.

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She said the reforms will strengthen ASIC’s ability to effectively regulate superannuation trustee conduct and focus on consumer protection in its regulation of superannuation.

“All trustees have an interest in a robust regulatory system without gaps in member protection,” Ms Press outlined.

“We want to assure trustees that ASIC and APRA will work together to ensure the new regime is effective and to reduce duplication of regulatory effort.”

Weighing in on the proposal, APRA deputy chair Helen Rowell said the organisation “welcomes ASIC having an expanded role in regulating a sector that is growing ever more integral to financial outcomes for Australians and the broader economy”.

She said ASIC has a critical role to play in tackling misconduct in superannuation, “while APRA will continue to strengthen its focus on member-outcomes and prudential soundness”.

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Grace is a journalist on Momentum Media's nestegg. She enjoys being able to provide easy to digest information and practical tips for Australians with regard to their wealth, as well as having a platform on which to engage leading experts and commentators and leverage their insight.

About the author

Grace is a journalist on Momentum Media's nestegg. She enjoys being able to provide easy to digest information and practical tips for Australians with regard to their wealth, as well as having a platform on which to engage leading experts and commentators and leverage their insight.

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