Two catalysts for this have been the Productivity Commission’s review into superannuation, which assessed the efficiency and competitiveness of Australia’s super system, and the well-publicised Financial Services Royal Commission, which put a spotlight on misconduct in the superannuation, banking and financial services industry.
The findings of both emphasised the need for consumers to be better protected, particularly when it comes to Australians with low balances or those whose super accounts have become inactive.
The Government and collective industry are now making a raft of changes intended to help ensure super members are better protected.
A change that came into effect on 1 July 2019 is the Protecting Your Super (PYS) package. This package of reforms is designed to protect superannuation accounts from unnecessary erosion caused by insurance premiums and particular fees.
Here’s a snapshot of the PYS changes that are now in effect:
When did you last check your super?
If you have an inactive super account with insurance, think about whether you want to keep it. For example, some people may want to maintain a small super balance to cover insurance premiums, while others may simply be paying for something they no longer want or didn’t realise they had. If you do want insurance as part of your super, then it’s important not to let it lapse, unless you have other insurance arrangements in place.
It could also be a good idea to take a look at the fees that apply to your super fund. It’s possible that your provider may already charge you less than 3% in investment and administration fees, along with no exit fees. Other providers may charge account-based fees, so look at where you may be paying duplicate fees.
If you have an inactive account and want to keep things as they are (keep your insurance and/or keep your low-balance super account), you can:
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