Protecting Your Super Package
On Monday 18 February, the ‘Protecting Your Super Package’ was passed by the Australian Parliament. The package introduces a number of changes that mostly affect accumulation superannuation products—like PSSap and ADF Super—and account based income streams—like CSCri. These changes are due to come into effect from 1 July 2019.
Here is a quick rundown of some of the key points from the ‘Protecting Your Super' Package.
As a result of the changes introduced by the Protecting Your Superannuation Package (PYSP) and other increased operating costs, we’ve had to review our fees. From 1 July 2019, the administration fee charged on ADF Super and PSSap accounts will change from $60 to $84 per annum. As a profit-for-customers super fund, we only charge fees to cover the costs of operating the fund. This means we don’t make a profit to pay to shareholders.
Most accounts with balances below $6,000 on the last day of a financial year will have certain fees and costs (generally, administration and investment related fees) capped at no more than 3% of the account balance for that year. In most circumstances, if you leave a super fund and close your account after 1 July 2019, you will no longer be charged an exit fee.
Note: While PYSP changes impact some defined benefit schemes, CSC's defined benefit schemes (such as CSS, PSS, and MilitarySuper) are not impacted because they do not charge exit or administration fees.
Inactive low-balance accounts
If you have an ‘inactive low balance account’ with PSSap or ADF Super, your super will be transferred to the ATO as ‘unclaimed super’. Where possible, the ATO will consolidate this balance into an active account you hold with a super fund.
You may have an ‘inactive low balance account’ if:
- your account has a balance under $6,000;
- the fund hasn’t received any contributions into your account over a continuous 16 month period; and
- you haven’t made any active changes to your account such as changing your investment option, insurance coverage or binding beneficiary nomination.
We will contact you if there is a risk your account is or may become an ‘inactive low-balance account’ so that you have the opportunity to let us know you would like to remain a member if this is what you want to do.
Note: Defined benefit schemes (such as CSS, PSS, and MilitarySuper) are exempt from being transferred to the ATO as 'Inactive Low-Balance' accounts.
Changes introduced under the Protecting Your Super Package (PYSP) mean that insurance cover must be cancelled on 1 July 2019 for any 'inactive' PSSap accounts. If your account is at risk of becoming ‘inactive’ we will contact you to let you know.
These insurance changes do not apply to certain accounts, including defined benefit accounts (such as PSS, MilitarySuper, and CSS), and accounts of ADF Super members.
The ‘Protecting Your Super’ changes were initially announced by Government as part of the 2018 budget, and we have been working through how and when we could implement these changes since this announcement—regardless of whether or not they ended up being passed by Parliament.
Now that the changes have been passed by Parliament, we are working hard to implement them as quickly as possible and minimise any negative impact to our customers.