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Govt canvasses including SMSFs in Retirement Income Covenant

Mike Taylor4 December 2023
Jigsaw rules rewrite

The Federal Government is canvassing including self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) in the retirement income covenant.

A new discussion paper released by the Federal Treasury has canvassed the inclusion of SMSFs in the covenant and has asked what approaches might be taken and what barriers need to be removed.

The discussion paper points out that self-managed superannuation fund trustees face the same challenges as large superannuation funds in terms of complex risks and decisions.

“SMSFs constitute a significant component of the superannuation pool, making up 26% of all superannuation assets at 1.1 million members as at June 2022.15,” it said.

“While SMSF members are encouraged to consider their long-term retirement income requirements, they do not receive the same entitlement to support that members of APRA-regulated funds receive under the retirement income covenant. There is no safeguard that they will receive an equivalent level of guidance, risk management, or retirement income product solutions.”

“In addition, SMSFs may face unique challenges in retirement, including a need for exit planning in the event of the member-trustee becoming unable to manage the fund at older ages or due to the death of a member of the fund who undertook management responsibilities.”

Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor

Managing Editor/Publisher, Financial Newswire

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Red Tape Canberra
2 months ago

Red Tape, Red Tape, Red Tape, lets add some more Red Tape.
Canberra govt & bureaucrats are world leading manufactures of useless Red Tape.
No wonder productivity is dead, strangled to death by Govt & Bureaucratic Red Tape.

Andy Semple
2 months ago

so this is how it begins – the slow regulation death of SMSF’s

Industry super wants nothing more than for the SMSF sector to be re-distributed to them. This is fk’ing terrible.

I run my own SMSF and I don’t want or need anyone from APRA ‘helping’ me out. I’m doing very well also managing my own SMSF so my message to the Govt is

fk off and leave my super alone.

2 months ago
Reply to  Andy Semple

Do you donate as much to the ALP as industry super does? If not I don’t think you will get your wish.

John Aldersley
2 months ago

if trustees of SMSF wanted APRA to be involved they wouldn’t be in a SMSF. Its been ticking along great since the nineties, hence their popularity. OUR SMSF industry is the envy of the world, why ruin it?

Has Shoes
2 months ago
Reply to  John Aldersley

why ruin it you ask? Probably because our regulators don’t appear to do anything that requires them to exhibit a common sense approach!!

2 months ago

Will we see regulation creep towards SMSF’s. Industry Super or government want the funds to be distributed back to Industry Super. The government then gets industry super to support its social projects, as evident from the other article today where industry super are looking for tax incentives to invest in energy transition.

Has Shoes
2 months ago
Reply to  XTA

Which will purposefully exclude the Gen4 nuclear solution as Albo is on record as saying “over my dead body” and Chris ‘clueless’ Bowen has said “duh”…

2 months ago

More rubbish out of Canberra.