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Australia:Regulators look for conflict of interests

28 Aug 2017

Profit-sharing deals between superannuation funds and their insurers are being closely scrutinised by both the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), a Parliamentary committee has heard.

Senior ASIC officials told a public hearing of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services that the arrangements are being scrutinised to ensure they do not entail conflict of interests or run counter to members’ best interests, according to a report in The New Daily.

ASIC senior officer, Ged Fitzpatrick, said the regulator had done earlier work on member experience issues in super. “Now we are looking further up the chain in terms of how the consumer experience would roll through the trustee and through to the insurer and back again”.

“We do have concerns that it could give rise to a potential conflict but we don’t have any detail, yet, as to whether that conflict has operated in practice, and what the implications of that might be,” he said.

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