• SIAG Key Messages March 2014

    The Superannuation Industry Advisory Group (SIAG) met for the second time in Sydney on 13 March 2014 with guest speakers in attendance from the Financial Systems Inquiry.

    Minutes of the 3 December 2013 meeting were accepted.

    Agenda Topics discussed included:

    • Financial System Inquiry – Craig Dunn and John Lonsdale attended to provide the committee with an outline of the Inquiry process
    • Report back from committees
      • Outcomes from the Superannuation Industry Relationship Network (SIRN) 18 February 2014 meeting
      • SuperStream update
       
    • Environmental scans were provided by the ATO, APRA, ASIC and Treasury, Industry Super Australia, Institute of Chartered Accountants and Mercer.

    Government Updates - Environmental Scan

    Government Updates

    ATO

    The Chair, Deputy Commissioner Alison Lendon spoke about the ATO’s new Consultation arrangements and a review that was undertaken of the peak tax forum - National Tax Liaison Group (NTLG). Updates were provided on environmental ATO matters.

    Treasury

    Paul Tilley and Marty Robinson from Treasury provided a brief update on the priorities of the Government.

    Treasury advised that the Government’s current priorities are delivering on election commitments, progressing the announced un-enacted legislation and managing the Budget.

    APRA

    Helen Rowell advised that APRA’s focus is on implementation of the prudential framework and how it is working in practice.

    ASIC

    Alex Purvis noted that ASIC’s focus is on implementation - looking for balance between well informed consumers, legal requirements, compliance and costs to industry.

    Industry Update

    David Knox from Mercer noted:

    • good investment returns seen over the last 12-18 months
    • uncertainty among funds as to where the industry is going over the next 2 years

    David Whitely from ISA discussed:

    • three issues identified in the current landscape for superfunds and members
      • transforming system from retirement savings to retirement income system
      • role of super in the economy
      • uncertainty in the industry
       
    • Industry working together to ensure the system is as good as it can be and understood amongst the community

    Liz Westover from ICAA focused on themes and discussions that have been coming up among members:

    • SuperStream - still some misunderstanding where it applies and who it applies to
    • Government regulation paper
    • Income streams - huge support for review

    Financial System Inquiry (FSI)

    Mr Craig Dunn, member and Mr John Lonsdale, secretary (FSI) attended and outlined the process of the Inquiry. They facilitated a discussion with members to understand different perspectives, key issues within superannuation and looked at where Superannuation sits within the financial system.

    An interim report will be released by midyear. A final report will be provided to the Government by November.

    Committee Updates

    Superannuation Industry Relationship Network (SIRN)

    The SIRN met for the first time in Canberra on 18 February. The focus was on reducing red tape and regulation.

    Stuart Forsyth, Assistant Deputy Commissioner led the SIAG through the red tape reduction suggestions and priorities and asked the SIAG to validate the priorities and highlight any areas which may have been missed.

    SuperStream

    Philip Hind, National Program Manager ATO provided a brief update on the SuperStream Reference Group (SSRG). The 7 March meeting's focus was on critical issues currently being surfaced during implementation and proposed changes to the legislative instrument.

    Action Items

    Action Item 20140313-1

    The committee agreed that a holistic view of the superannuation system was needed to develop a vision around needs and stability.

    • The regulators will develop a process for the next SIAG to commence work on the vision.

    Action Item 20140313-2

    The committee agreed that the SIAG should conduct a focused discussion on the Interim Financial System Inquiry report when it is released in June/July.

    • The ATO and Treasury will check the timing of the report and work with the FSI committee to convene a discussion with the SIAG members.

    Action Item 20140313-3

    The ATO will commence work around the SIRN ‘Reducing Red Tape and Regulation’ priority list following input from SIAG members and will report back to the committee on progress.

    Action Item 20140313-4

    Industry advised there is a lot of support for the Government’s review on Income Streams and Post Retirement. The committee agreed there was a need to look at the system more broadly and not just from a tax view, with more of a focus from a consumer perspective.

    • The ATO will look into convening a SIRN to consult and review the Government’s discussion paper.

    Attendees

    Australian Taxation Office

     

     

     

     

    Alison Lendon, Deputy Commissioner, Superannuation (Chair)

    Philip Hind, Deputy Commissioner, Superannuation

    Stuart Forsyth, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Superannuation

    Megan Yong, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Superannuation

    Nicole Dykstra, Assistant Commissioner, Superannuation

    James Savage and Catherine Barrett (Secretariat)

    Treasury

    Paul Tilley

    Marty Robinson

    Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)

    Helen Rowell

    Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC)

    Alex Purvis

    Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA)

    Diane Tate

    Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST)

    Tom Garcia

    Association of Super Funds Australia (ASFA)

    Fiona Galbraith

    CPA Australia

    Stuart Dignam

    Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA)

    Dante De Gori

    Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA)

    Liz Westover

    Industry Super Australia (ISA)

    David Whiteley

    Law Council of Australia (LCA)

    Suzanne MacKenzie

    Industry Expert (Mercer)

    Dr David Knox

    SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia (SPAA)

    Graeme Colley

    Financial Services Council (FSC)

    Andrew Bragg

    AMP and rep for Actuaries Institute

    Melinda Howes

    Financial System Inquiry

    Craig Dunn (FSI Committee member)

    Financial System Inquiry Secretariat

    John Lonsdale (Head of FSI Secretariat)

    Financial System Inquiry Secretariat

    Vicki Wilkinson and Kylie Bourke

    Apologies

    Treasury

    Meghan Quinn

    Association of Super Funds Australia (ASFA)

    Pauline Vamos

    Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

    Dick Grozier

    Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC)

    Gerard Fitzpatrick

    Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA)

    Mark Rantall

    CPA Australia

    Alex Malley

    SMSF Professionals' Association of Australia (SPAA)

    Andrea Slattery

     

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