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Insurance in super and low-balance or inactive accounts

Section: 10.10

Inactive accounts

New legislation was passed in 2019 introducing a number of initiatives to cap fees and prevent unnecessary insurance premiums from eroding the account balances of super fund members who have 'inactive' low-balance superannuation accounts.

Members with low account balance means that they may pay higher than normal fees, and because many people in this situation earn lower incomes, they sometimes pay higher tax on their superannuation than they do on their regular wages.

To address this, new laws were introduced in 2019 as part of the 'Protecting Your Super' package of reforms. The core provisions are:

  • Administration and investment fees are capped at 3% for account balances under $6,000
  • Exit fees are banned
  • Inactive low-balance accounts will be transferred to the ATO for consolidation with their active accounts where possible.

'Inactive' accounts are those where the account balance is less than $6,000 and the members has either not paid a contribution in the past 16 months or has not signed up for their fund's insurance offer.

Reducing insurance premiums on inactive accounts

In response to concerns that there are thousands of fund members with inactive superannuation accounts who are still paying hundreds of dollars in compulsory insurance premiums, the new law requires funds to identify low-balance inactive accounts and transfer them to the Australian Taxation Office.

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Last modified: Friday, September 25, 2020