Superannuation funds

This section contains information for superannuation trustees and their advisers, including:

  • guidance for superannuation trustees about their legal obligations
  • publications by ASIC in relation to superannuation and
  • other regulatory resources.

ASIC's role in super

ASIC is the regulator responsible for the Corporations Act 2001 and the ASIC Act 2001. These acts regulate the conduct and disclosure obligations of financial services providers (including superannuation trustees). ASIC is also responsible for administering parts of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.

As the conduct and disclosure regulator, ASIC is focused on the behaviours of trustees impacting consumers.

Read more about ASIC's role in super, including co-regulators and industry funding.

Superannuation for consumers

Are you a consumer looking for information to help you understand superannuation? ASIC’s Moneysmart website offers free, independent guidance so you can make the most of your money.

See also superannuation for consumers including:

  • ASIC’s role in superannuation
  • professional registers
  • SMSFs
  • complaining about your super fund.

The YourSuper comparison tool is a simple way to compare MySuper products and help you choose a super fund that meets your needs. It is hosted by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Guidance, relief and instruments

ASIC issues guidance, regulatory relief, legislative instruments, information sheets and other documentation to guide and assist the superannuation industry.

Current projects and consultations

Browse and download information about ASIC’s current projects and consultations relevant to superannuation.

Super news and reports

Read ASIC’s publications, including media releases, letters to trustees, reports, speeches and articles about superannuation.

Further resources on superannuation

This page contains useful links for further information about superannuation, including APRA, the ATO and other ASIC resources.

Financial services

Find information about ASIC’s regulatory guidance on compliance with the financial services regime, including links to legislation and media releases about financial services.

Regulatory index

Download regulatory documents and class orders relating to financial services.

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What's new

Infringement notices issued to Maritime Super for member fee statements

27 April 2022

Maritime Super Pty Ltd has paid $26,640 to comply with two infringement notices issued by ASIC. The notices concerned alleged misleading statements made to members about Maritime’s investment partnership with Host-Plus Pty Ltd.

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Westpac penalised $113 million after multiple ASIC legal actions

22 April 2022

The Federal Court has ordered Westpac to pay penalties in the amount of $113 million for widespread compliance failures across multiple businesses, including Westpac’s banking, superannuation, wealth management and insurance brands.

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Are you prepared for the Retirement Income Covenant?

April 2022

From 1 July 2022, superannuation trustees need to have a retirement income strategy and publish a summary on their website. This is an opportunity for trustees to reflect on how they can better help their members make the most of their superannuation in retirement. Jane Eccleston, Senior Executive Leader – Superannuation, ASIC writes.

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BT Funds Management penalised $20 million for incorrectly charging commissions for insurance in superannuation

8 April 2022

The Federal Court has ordered Westpac subsidiary and superannuation trustee, BT Funds Management Limited to pay a $20 million penalty for incorrectly charging commission payments to members of one of its superannuation funds.

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Superannuation trustees strengthen governance practices following ASIC surveillance of investment switching

6 April 2022

Trustees in Australia’s superannuation industry have revised their internal policies and procedures after an ASIC surveillance found significant deficiencies in their conflicts management arrangements relating to investment switching.

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ASIC extends relief for retirement estimates

30 March 2022

ASIC has extended the relief for superannuation trustees who give their members retirement estimates on a periodic statement.

The existing relief has been extended for a period of nine months. This will allow superannuation trustees to continue to use the relief when sending annual statements to members for the 2021-22 financial year.

Read the media release

Last updated: 01/07/2021 01:06