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Corporations Amendment (Life Insurance Remuneration Arrangements) Bill 2016

Schedule 1 Amendments

   

Corporations Act 2001

1  At the end of subsection 912C(1A)

Add:

             ; and (e)  may require a statement containing information to be given in a specified manner (including in electronic form).

2  Section 960

Insert:

benefit ratio , for a benefit given to a financial services licensee, or a representative of a financial services licensee, in relation to a life insurance product, or life insurance products, for a year, has the meaning given by subsection 963B(3A).

policy cost , for a life risk insurance product, or life insurance products, for a year has the meaning given by subsections 963B(3B) and (3C).

3  Paragraph 963B(1)(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (b)  each of the following is satisfied in relation to the benefit:

                              (i)  the benefit is given to the licensee or representative in relation to a life risk insurance product or life risk insurance products;

                             (ii)  none of the products is a group life policy for members of a superannuation entity (see subsection (2)) or a life policy for a member of a default superannuation fund (see subsection (3));

                            (iii)  either:

                                        (A)  the benefit ratio for the benefit is the same for the year in which the product or products are issued as it is for each year in which the product or products are continued; or

                                        (B)  the benefit ratio requirements and clawback requirements in section 963BA are satisfied in relation to the benefit;

                   (ba)  the benefit is given to the licensee or representative in relation to consumer credit insurance;

4  After subsection 963B(3) (after the note)

Insert:

          (3A)  The benefit ratio for a benefit given to a financial services licensee, or a representative of a financial services licensee, in relation to a life insurance product, or life insurance products, for a year is the ratio between:

                     (a)  the benefit; and

                     (b)  the policy cost payable for the product or products, or that part of the policy payable for the product or products to which the benefit relates, for the year.

          (3B)  The policy cost for a life risk insurance product, or products, for a year is the sum of:

                     (a)  the premiums payable for the product, or products, for that year; and

                     (b)  any fees payable for that year to the issuer of the product or products for that issue; and

                     (c)  any additional fees payable because the premium for the product, or products, is paid periodically rather than in a lump sum; and

                     (d)  any other amount prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph.

          (3C)  However, the policy cost for a life risk insurance product, or products, does not include any amount prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this subsection.

5  After section 963B

Insert:

963BA   Benefit ratio and clawback requirements

Benefit ratio requirements

             (1)  The benefit ratio requirements are satisfied in relation to a benefit given to a financial services licensee, or a representative of a financial services licensee, in relation to a life risk insurance product, or life risk insurance products, if the benefit ratio for the benefit for:

                     (a)  the year in which the product or products are issued; and

                     (b)  each year during which the product or products are continued;

is equal to or less than that determined by ASIC under subsection (2) as an acceptable benefit ratio for that year.

             (2)  ASIC may, by legislative instrument, determine an acceptable benefit ratio, or a way of working out an acceptable benefit ratio, for a benefit for a year.

Clawback requirements

             (3)  The clawback requirements are satisfied in relation to a benefit given to a financial services licensee, or a representative of a financial services licensee, in relation to a life risk insurance product, or life risk insurance products, if:

                     (a)  the arrangement under which the benefit is payable includes an obligation to repay all or part of the benefit if:

                              (i)  the product, or one of the products, is cancelled or is not continued, other than because a claim is made under the insurance policy or because other prescribed circumstances exist; or

                             (ii)  the policy cost for the product, or one of the products, during a year or across 2 years is reduced, other than in prescribed circumstances;

                            within 2 years after it is first issued to a retail client; and

                     (b)  the amount to be repaid under the obligation is equal to or greater than the amount determined by ASIC under subsection (4) as an acceptable repayment.

             (4)  ASIC may, by legislative instrument, determine the amount, or a way of working out the amount, that is an acceptable repayment for the purposes of paragraph (3)(b).

6  After Part 10.24

Insert:

Part 10.24A Transitional provisions relating to the Corporations Amendment (Life Insurance Remuneration Arrangements) Act 2016

   

1549A   Definitions

                   In this Part:

amending Act means the Corporations Amendment (Life Insurance Remuneration Arrangements) Act 2016 .

commencement day means the day on which Schedule 1 to the amending Act commences.

1549B   Applications of amendments relating to life risk insurance products

             (1)  Subject to subsections (2), (3) and (4), the amendments made by Schedule 1 to the amending Act apply to a benefit given to a financial services licensee, or a representative of a financial services licensee under an arrangement entered into before, on or after the commencement day.

             (2)  The amendments made by Schedule 1 to the amending Act do not apply to a benefit given to a financial services licensee, or a representative of a financial services licensee, under an arrangement entered into before the commencement day if:

                     (a)  the life risk insurance product is issued before the commencement day; or

                     (b)  the application for the issue of the life risk insurance product is made before the commencement day and the product is issued within 3 months after the commencement day.

             (3)  The regulations may prescribe circumstances in which the amendments made by Schedule 1 to the amending Act apply, or do not apply, to a benefit given to a financial services licensee or a representative of a financial services licensee.

             (4)  Despite subsection (1), the amendments made by Schedule 1 to the amending Act do not apply to a benefit given to a financial services licensee, or a representative of a financial services licensee, to the extent that the operation of those amendments would result in an acquisition of property (within the meaning of paragraph 51(xxxi) of the Constitution) from a person otherwise than on just terms (within the meaning of that paragraph of the Constitution).