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Major changes to employee’s superannuations

The Morrison Government has yesterday introduced legislation into parliament to ensure the superannuation system works harder for all Australians.

These measures will reduce waste in the system and save Australian workers $17.9 billion over 10 years by holding underperforming funds to account and strengthening protections around the retirement savings of millions of Australians.

Australians currently pay $30 billion per year in superannuation fees, while three million accounts sit in underperforming funds worth over $100 billion in retirement savings.

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Future, Your Super) Bill 2021 also addresses key recommendations from the Productivity Commission’s (PC) comprehensive assessment of the system, Superannuation: Assessing Efficiency and Competitiveness.

The Your Future, Your Super package is scheduled to commence on 1 July 2021. Under the package, the superannuation system will be significantly enhanced by:

  • Having your superannuation follow you: preventing the creation of unintended multiple superannuation accounts when employees change jobs.
  • Making it easier to choose a better fund: members will have access to a new interactive online YourSuper comparison tool which will encourage funds to compete harder for members’ savings.
  • Holding funds to account for underperformance: to protect members from poor outcomes and encourage funds to lower costs the Government will require superannuation products to meet an annual objective performance test. Those that fail will be required to inform members. Persistently underperforming products will be prevented from taking on new members.
  • Increasing transparency and accountability: the Government will increase trustee accountability by strengthening their obligations to ensure trustees only act in the best financial interests of members. The Government will also require superannuation funds to provide better information regarding how they manage and spend members’ money in advance of Annual Members’ Meetings and disclose all of their portfolio holdings to members.
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This package builds on the Government’s superannuation reforms which include consolidating $2.9 billion held in unintended multiple accounts on behalf of 1.4 million Australians, capping fees on low balance accounts, banning exit fees and ensuring younger Australians do not pay unnecessary insurance premiums.

Under the Your Future, Your Super package, the Morrison Government is taking the next step in modernising and improving the superannuation system to ensure it is working harder for you.

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