Title Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Future, Your Super) Bill 2021
Database Explanatory Memoranda
Date 23-06-2021 09:02 PM
Source Senate
System Id legislation/ems/r6672_ems_2105cbdd-2f58-4135-b152-d508cb4b3562


Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Future, Your Super) Bill 2021

2019-2020-2021

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

SENATE

 

 

 

Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Future, Your Super) Bill 2021

 

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENTARY EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

Amendments to be moved on behalf of the Government

 

 

 

(Circulated by authority of the

Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP)

 

 


Table of contents

Glossary............................................................................................................. 1

General outline and financial impact........................................................... 3

Chapter 1........... Amendments to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Future, Your Super) Bill 2021............................................................................... 5

Chapter 2........... Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights............ 7

 

 


Glossary

The following abbreviations and acronyms are used throughout this explanatory memorandum.

Abbreviation

Definition

APRA

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

Bill

Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Future, Your Super) Bill 2021

SIS Act

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993

 

 


General outline and financial impact

Amendments to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Future, Your Super) Bill 2021

The amendments to the Bill delay the application of the single default account amendments so that it applies to employees commencing employment on or after 1 November 2021. The amendments to the Bill also make technical corrections to Schedules 2 and 3 to the Bill.

Date of effect The day after Royal Assent.

Proposal announced These amendments have not previously been announced.

Financial impact:  The revised estimated impact of Schedules 1, 2 and 3 to the Bill on the underlying cash balance over the forward estimates period is as follows:

2021-22

2022-23

2023-24

2024-25

$3.0m

$10.0m

-$38.0m

-$54.0m

Human rights implications:  The amendments do not affect the analysis of the human rights issues provided for in Chapter 4 of the Explanatory Memorandum to the Bill – see Chapter 2.

Compliance cost impact The amendments are not expected to substantially alter the cost impact outlined in the Explanatory Memorandum to the Bill.

 


Chapter 1         
Amendments to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Future, Your Super) Bill 2021

Outline of chapter

1.1                  This Chapter explains the amendments to the Bill.

Summary of new law

1.2                  The amendments to the Bill delay the start date of Schedule 1 to the Bill, so that the single default account amendments apply in relation to employees who commence employment on or after 1 November 2021. The amendments to the Bill also make technical corrections to Schedules 2 and 3 to the Bill.

Comparison of key features of new law and current law

New law

Current law

The single default account amendments in Schedule 1 to the Bill apply in relation to an employee’s employment where that employment starts on or after 1 November 2021.

The single default account amendments in Schedule 1 to the Bill apply in relation to an employee’s employment where that employment starts on or after 1 July 2021.

Detailed explanation of new law

Schedule 1 – Application of the single default account amendments

1.3                  Schedule 1 to the Bill sets out the single default account amendments, which limit the creation of multiple superannuation accounts for employees who do not choose a superannuation fund when they start a new job. The single default account amendments currently apply to an employee’s employment where that employment starts on or after 1 July 2021.

1.4                  Amendments 1, 2 and 3 delay this application date so that the single default account amendments apply to an employee’s employment where that employment starts on or after 1 November 2021.

1.5                  Arrangements for employees who are employed by their employer before 1 November 2021 are therefore not affected by the changes in Schedule 1 to the Bill.

1.6                  Delaying the application date to 1 November 2021 aligns the application of the single default account amendments with the notice of the outcomes of the first annual performance test for MySuper products.

1.7                  The amendments in Schedule 2 to the Bill require APRA to determine whether MySuper products have met the performance test for the 2020-21 financial year (and later financial years). The determination for the 2020-21 financial year must be made by APRA and given to trustees within a period, starting after the end of the financial year, worked out under regulations. This period is expected to be by 31 August 2021. If APRA determines that the fund’s MySuper product(s) have failed the performance test, the trustee is generally required to notify beneficiaries who hold this MySuper product within 28 days after receiving APRA’s determination. Therefore, by 1 November 2021, beneficiaries will generally know if their MySuper product has failed the performance test for the 2020-21 financial year.

1.8                  Aligning the start date of the single default account amendments with the notice of the outcome of the first annual performance test for MySuper products will therefore ensure employees are not unknowingly stapled to an underperforming MySuper product.

Schedule 2 – Addressing underperformance in superannuation

1.9                  Amendment 4 makes a technical correction to paragraph 60D(1)(a) of the SIS Act in Schedule 2 to the Bill. This amendment clarifies that a requirement that must be met to pass the underperformance test can relate to a specific Part 6A product as prescribed by the regulations.

Schedule 3 – Best financial interests duty

1.10              Amendment 5 makes a technical correction to item 3 of Schedule 3 to the Bill as a consequence of a related amendment made in the House of Representatives.


Chapter 2         
Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights

Prepared in accordance with Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

Amendments to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Future, Your Super) Bill 2021

2.1                  These amendments are compatible with the human rights and freedoms recognised or declared in the international instruments listed in section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011.

Overview

2.2                  The amendments to the Bill delay the start date of Schedule 1 to the Bill, so that the single default account amendments apply in relation to employees who commence employment on or after 1 November 2021. The amendments to the Bill also make technical corrections to Schedules 2 and 3 to the Bill.

Human rights implications

2.3                  The amendments do not engage any of the applicable rights or freedoms.

Conclusion

2.4                  The amendments are compatible with human rights as they do not raise any human rights issues.