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Super fund selection now enshrined as law

  • August 25 2020
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Super fund selection now enshrined as law

By Grace Ormsby
August 25 2020

Australians will no longer be forced into super funds because of enterprise bargaining agreements, after a new law was approved by the Federal Parliament today.

Super fund selection now enshrined as law

Super fund selection now enshrined as law

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  • August 25 2020
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Australians will no longer be forced into super funds because of enterprise bargaining agreements, after a new law was approved by the Federal Parliament today.

Super fund selection now enshrined as law

Passing both the House of Representatives and the Senate today, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Superannuation, Your Choice) Bill 2019 will ensure 800,000 Australians covered by enterprise agreements can make choices about where their retirement savings are invested.

This apparently represents around 40 per cent of all employees covered by current enterprise agreements.

According to a joint media release from federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Senator Jane Hume, the Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology, by not providing employees with a choice when it comes to super, it can discourage member engagement and promotes the payment of higher fees.

The bill addresses the findings of the Financial System Inquiry and the Productivity Commission Inquiry into the efficiency and competitiveness of the superannuation system, which considered such a reform as “much needed”.

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The minister’s statement also indicated that the reform is supported by a recent Fair Work Commission decision which found it “detrimental” to employees to restrict them from being able to choose their own fund.

“Specifically, the Fair Work Commission determined that extending choice of fund to employees who were previously denied choice will prevent them from unnecessarily ending up with multiple superannuation accounts ‘with all the inconvenience and additional administration costs that this involves’,” it outlined.

According to Mr Frydenberg and Ms Hume, the changes build on the government’s earlier reforms which protect superannuation accounts from being eroded through fee capping and require insurance to be provided on an opt-in basis for new members under the age of 25.

Super fund selection now enshrined as law
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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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