The ‘Your Future, Your Super’ reforms (YFYS Reforms) were passed in June 2021. They aim to improve the super system for members and to make your super work harder for you, allowing you to live better in retirement. There are four key areas which are explained below.
Stapling means you will keep your existing super account if you change jobs, unless you decide to change which fund manages where your super is invested. This is meant to make things easier, your super can follow you from job to job, removing the hassle of maintaining multiple super accounts, with potentially multiple fees and insurance premiums.
From 1 November 2021, a new super account won’t be created automatically every time you start a new job. You can start a new job knowing your employer and the Australian Tax Office (ATO) will ensure your super contributions will be paid into your ‘stapled’ account.
A new annual performance test will hold super funds accountable for underperformance. The performance test will compare a product’s investment returns with a benchmark return and fees – enabling members to compare product performance. The results of the annual performance test will be published on the APRA website as either ‘passed’ or ‘failed’. These results are then incorporated on the YourSuper website from 1 September each year. The product performance test results on YourSuper website are will be expressed as ‘performing’, ‘underperforming’ or ‘not assessed’.
Whilst performance has always been a primary focus, super funds will now be required to demonstrate with this additional layer of transparency that they’re aiming to provide the best outcome for their members.
The Best Financial Interest requirements are designed to “sharpen the focus” of super trustees, ensuring decisions, such as those on expenses, are in the best financial interests of members. There are also additional requirements for Trustees to make additional information available to members as part of the Annual Member Meeting.
We have set out below some frequently asked questions to help you navigate and keep up to date with the new laws.
Super fund ‘stapling’ commences on 1st November 2021.
No action is required from you due to stapling.
If you have two or more super funds, the ATO will generally determine that the appropriate default, or stapled fund, is the fund that has received the most recent employer contribution.
No, the employer will check with the ATO which is the ‘stapled’ fund when you change jobs.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) will conduct an annual, objective performance test based on historical returns against a benchmark performance including administration fees paid by the member within the last financial year.
For the 2021 year, only MySuper products are subject to the annual performance test. From 2022, other superannuation products (known as Trustee Directed products) will be included.
The performance test is conducted annually by APRA for the year ended 30 June. The results of the performance test need to be published on the APRA website by 31 August, with the results incorporated on or around 1 September every year on the ‘YourSuper’ website.
The performance test will show that a product has either ‘passed’ or ‘failed’ on the APRA website. These results are then incorporated onto the YourSuper website showing whether the product is either ‘performing’, ‘underperforming’ or is ‘not assessed’.
Following notification by APRA, super funds that have products that are deemed to have ‘failed’ will need to notify members of this in writing. If a product has ‘failed’ the performance test for two consecutive years, the product will not be allowed to accept new members into the product.
Products that have ‘failed’ will also be listed as ‘underperforming’ on the ‘YourSuper’ website until their performance improves.
Members who hold the product must be advised by the fund in writing (via letter and email) that the product has ‘failed’ the performance test within 28 days of receiving notification from APRA. Super funds with ‘failed’ products will also be required to notify prospective members of the ‘failed’ assessment via the fund’s website.
The ATO has launched a ‘YourSuper’ comparison tool on its website www.ato.gov.au/yoursuper
You can access the YourSuper tool at www.ato.gov.au/yoursuper
The following information is provided by APRA and shown on the tool for 80 MySuper products:
The results are presented in columns in the following way:
MySuper products are being assessed, and this will be expanded to include Trustee Directed Products in July 2022.
Click here to learn more about MLC MySuper products.
For more information on MLC’s MySuper performance click here.
The performance test applies to the MySuper product within the MLC Super Fund. This does not relate to other products or investment options you might be invested in.
As the circumstances of each person’s superannuation fund, including the investment options you have selected, are unique it is important you check the details of your own fund. To find out if this relates to your super fund, you can either refer to your annual benefit statements or visit the website.
It is important to note that the performance test is based on standard fees. If you are within an employer plan any applicable discounts or employer subsidisation arrangements are not reflected in the results of the test. You should consider these before making a decision on your superannuation, including the products and investment options you are invested in.
The investment strategy for the MLC MySuper product changed on 22 March 2019. The MLC investment return webpage only shows MySuper returns that were achieved since March 2019 when the investment strategy changed.
YourSuper uses the historical returns from the MLC MySuper product over the last 7 years. This includes returns achieved under previous investment strategies that have now changed.
The circumstances of each person’s superannuation fund, including the investment options you have selected, are unique. To find out the performance of your superfund, you can either look at your annual benefit statements or visit the website.
We appreciate the impact of events like these can be unsettling, and that everyone’s situation is different. We recommend you discuss your investment approaches with your financial adviser. If you do not have a financial adviser, please call us.