Super Funds Member Outcomes and Design and Distribution Obligations

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) have issued a letter to registrable superannuation entity (RSE) licensees in relation to Member Outcomes (MO) obligations and Design and Distribution Obligations (DDO), to assist in better understanding the interaction of their requirements.

For the MO obligations, administered by APRA and which commenced on 1 January 2020, the first Business Performance Reviews (BPR) were due by 31 December 2020 and the first Outcomes Assessments are expected to be completed early 2021. 

For the DDOs, administered by ASIC, the commencement date for the reforms is 5 October 2021 but significant preparation is needed by RSE licensees ahead of this date.

Both obligations affect super funds’ products and operations.

Superannuation products which include insurance will be specifically affected.

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David Jacobson

Author: David Jacobson
Principal, Bright Corporate Law
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