What you need to know about upcoming superannuation changes

With the new financial year upon us, employers should note some important changes to key superannuation caps, rates and obligations. Increase to the superannuation guarantee contribution (SGC) rate The SGC rate will increase from 11% to 11.5% on 1 July 2024. The rate will then continue to increase from 11.5% to 12% on 1 July […]

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Mandatory sustainability reporting regime: An update – Second reading debate completed

In the March 2024 edition of Gadens’ FMCG Express, we discussed the exposure draft of the Treasury Laws Amendment Bill 2024: Climate-related financial disclosure (Draft Legislation), which outlined a proposal for the implementation of a mandatory climate-related financial disclosure regime based on existing international frameworks and standards. On 27 March 2024, the Treasury Laws Amendment […]

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ASIC secures victory against Vanguard Investments for ‘ethically conscious’ greenwashing conduct

Last year, we reported on the Australian Securities and Investments Commissions (ASIC) commencement of proceedings against Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd (Vanguard) alleging that Vanguard engaged in misleading conduct in breach of the ASIC Act by making false or misleading claims about the ESG criteria applied to an investment fund it offered to potential investors. On […]

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ASIC commences proceedings against Vanguard Investments

Further to our series of articles on ESG, on 24 July 2023 ASIC commenced proceedings seeking declarations, pecuniary penalties and adverse publicity orders against Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd (Vanguard) alleging misleading conduct in relation to claims about the applicability of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria applied to investments in an investment fund offered by […]

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Post-Budget 2023 Analysis – Superannuation – Frankly, not creditable

Following on from its previous announcement, the Australian Federal Government has confirmed that from 1 July 2025, individuals with a total superannuation balance (TSB) exceeding $3 million will be personally subject to an additional tax on increases in their TSB at a rate of up to 15%. TSB includes all superannuation held by an individual. […]

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Senate to shine spotlight on concerning greenwashing behaviour

On 29 March 2023, the Senate announced a landmark inquiry into the practice of greenwashing in Australia, with its final report due for publication by 5 December 2023. This development echoes growing concerns both in Australia and globally regarding greenwashing by businesses across a range of sectors, including the making of vague, false or misleading […]

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ACCC internet sweep uncovers concerning environmental and sustainability claims

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has completed its anticipated internet sweep following clear messaging last year that the regulator would crackdown on misleading environmental claims. More than half of the businesses that were subject to the ACCC’s internet sweep in October 2022 were considered to have made concerning misleading claims about their environmental […]

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Regulatory action for greenwashing is upon us

Last week, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) commenced civil penalty proceedings for alleged greenwashing against Mercer Superannuation (Australia) Limited (Mercer). This is in addition to ASIC having issued penalty notices to at least four companies for alleged greenwashing, since October 2022. Last year, ASIC identified investigating greenwashing and taking enforcement action where greenwashing […]

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Section 249E corrupt benefits for trustees and others – Standing in the way of super fund mergers?

On 23 March 2022, in BT Funds Management Limited (ACN 002 916 458) as trustee for the Retirement Wrap Superannuation Fund the Court made orders giving its consent to certain conduct engaged in or proposed to be engaged in by the plaintiff, BT Funds Management Limited (ACN 002 916 458) (BTFM/Trustee) as trustee for the […]

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Consumer Data Right – becoming an Accredited Data Recipient

The Consumer Data Right (CDR) reached a further milestone on 1 July 2020, as the Big 4 banks are now required to share consumer data in response to a consumer request. At present, this includes data from debit and credit cards, and savings and transaction accounts, and from November 2020 will include data from home […]

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Considerations for an early release of superannuation request

Quite often a lender will receive a request from their customer to support an early release of superannuation to assist with mortgage repayments and pay outstanding arrears in situations where the lender has commenced enforcement action for possession of the mortgaged property. Click here for full size image.               […]

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Are you ready for the new Superannuation laws to take effect on 1 July 2017?

The proposed changes are very complex as is evidenced by the colossal amount of explanatory material, compliance guidelines and legislation which the government has issued since the changes were announced.   How do the changes affect me? The most significant change is the imposition of a transfer balance cap (TBC), which will impose a $1.6 […]

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