Superannuation funds

This section gives guidance about superannuation reforms, compliance requirements for superannuation trustees, and ASIC's role in super.

 

ASIC's role in super

ASIC is principally responsible for the enforcement of the Corporations Act 2001 (Corporations Act) which regulates the conduct and disclosure obligations of financial services providers (including superannuation trustees that hold an Australian financial services (AFS) licence).

As the conduct and disclosure regulator, ASIC’s role primarily concerns the relationship between trustees and individual consumers. ASIC aims to look after consumers ensuring they receive proper disclosure, are dealt with fairly by qualified people, continue to receive useful information about their investment or product and can access proper complaints-handling procedures. Promoting investor and financial consumer trust and confidence is one of ASIC's strategic priorities.

More about ASIC's role in super (including the role of co-regulators and the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal).

Superannuation guidance and relief

Read our guidance on specific topics, including FAQs, letters to trustees and ASIC relief.

Super industry liaison

Find out about ASIC's superannuation industry liaison plan and engagement schedule.

Superannuation media releases

Read our media releases on superannuation.

Further resources on superannuation

This page lists helpful links on superannuation.

Related information

TopicDescription
Financial services Includes helpful links to information including legislation, media releases, our frequently asked questions.
Regulatory index Download regulatory documents and class orders relevant to superannuation trustees and administrators.
MoneySmart website Includes information for consumers about superannuation.

 

What's new

Compliance time period extended for ASIC Class Order [CO 14/1252]

Due to the expert review of RG 97 that is currently underway, ASIC has decided to preserve the status quo at law by extending the time periods for compliance with certain aspects of ASIC Class Order [CO 14/1252] in relation to periodic statements and superannuation PDSs by one year. Accordingly ASIC has modified [CO 14/1252]. 

The modifications were made after ASIC received a request from representative industry bodies in the superannuation and managed investments industry. The modifications address concerns about industry incurring costs to prepare to implement new disclosure requirements while the outcome of expert review is unknown.

The modifications to [CO 14/1252] were made on 21 December 2017 and can be found on the Federal Register of Legislation.

ASIC appoints expert to review fees and costs disclosure settings

ASIC has appointed Darren McShane, who has extensive experience in the superannuation and managed investments industry, to conduct a review of the fees and costs disclosure requirements under RG 97. The review is expected to be completed in the first half of 2018.

Read the media release | Find out more


Releases

Superannuation member experience report

ASIC has released a report about our review of key aspects of consumer engagement with their super funds, focusing on the experience of less-engaged superannuation fund members. 17-217MR. 30 June

Shorter PDS relief extended

ASIC has extended to 30 June 2018 relief excluding multifunds, superannuation platforms and hedge funds from the shorter PDS regime. 17-216MR, 29 June

More releases on superannuation


ASIC Insights

ASIC Insights 2016 session video

Last updated: 21/03/2014 12:00