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Superannuation changes effective 1st July 2019 – Does this affect you?

From July 1, super funds are required to cancel default life insurance policies in funds where members have not made a contribution for 16 months, unless members actively "opt in" to the policy or reactivate the account.

The rule change is part of a wider package designed to stop retirement savings being drained by people holding multiple super accounts and multiple life insurance policies. Whilst the changes would deal with waste and the inefficiency of multiple accounts it is critical that you understand the implications on your financial circumstances.

Some examples of people who might be impacted include those on parental leave, extended sick leave, extended holidays overseas or those who are self-employed who may not have made a contribution for the last 16 months.

Superannuation funds have sent out letters to members who will be affected by this change. However there is an expectation that some members will not get the message or understand the consequences of the change to their circumstances and their life insurance will be cancelled.

If you have received a generic looking letter from your superannuation fund in that last few months, please check the content to ensure that you are not inadvertently caught by this change. Especially if it is your only life insurance coverage then you should speak to your superannuation fund or financial advisor about whether you need this insurance cover.

As part of these measures, low balance inactive accounts will also be transferred to the Australian Taxation Office. Also some fees will be capped or banned.


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