Significant Event Notice
Nature of event or change
Impact of the change
Changes to insurance
We work closely with our Insurer (MLC Life) to regularly review the insurance we offer our members, to make sure it continues to provide you with the best-value cover and to meet changing government requirements. From 1 January 2021, the following insurance updates have been made. A premium increase for Death, total and permanent disablement (TPD) and income protection (IP)cover* and, definition changes to our TPD and IP cover.
*This does not apply to our defined benefit members.
Individual notices were posted to all impacted members outlining these changes. You can also refer to this page for more information.
Reduced minimum drawdown.
The Government has temporarily reduced the minimum drawdown limits by 50 per cent for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 income years for all account based pensions and similar products. Letters were sent to affected members in April 2020.
Federal Government’s Putting Members Interests First
From 1 April 2020, casual members will receive death only insurance when they have $6,000 in their account and have received a superannuation guarantee contribution (SG contribution) in the last six months. Prior to 1 April 2020, death only insurance was applied when the account balance was $1,000. Notices were sent to affected members in March 2020.
Federal Government’s Putting Members Interests First
From 1 April 2020, automatic insurance cover will not be given to members who have less than $6,000 in their account and also to those who are under 25 years old. Members with less than $6,000 in their account as at 1 November 2019 were sent a Notice that if they do not have at least $6,000 in their account at any time between 1 November 2019 and 31 March 2020 and do not elect to retain their insurance, their insurance will be removed on 1 April 2020.
1 July 2019
Federal Government’s Protecting Your Super Package Act
The Government has passed legislation which makes changes to insurance for inactive members, the transfer of inactive low-balance accounts to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and fees.
Superannuation funds will no longer be able to provide insurance for members (this includes death, total and permanent disablement and income protection) whose account has been ‘inactive’ for more than 16 consecutive months. An account is considered inactive where:
a. we have not received an amount to the account within the last 16 months; and
b. the member has not communicated to us that they wish to continue to receive insurance benefits despite otherwise holding an inactive account.
We will notify the member at 9, 12 and 15 months of inactivity to provide them with the opportunity to elect to maintain their insurance cover.
Superannuation funds are required to transfer inactive low balance accounts to the ATO as at 31 October 2019 (or half yearly after that). The ATO will then try and reunite the account (within 28 days of matching) with an active account elsewhere if that balance exceeds $6,000. An account is to be transferred to the ATO if:
a. the account is less than $6,000;
b. we have not received an amount (such as a rollover from another fund or a contribution) to the account within the last 16 months;
c. we are not owed an amount in respect of that account;
d. the account has no insurance cover;
e. there has been no change to investment options in the last 16 months; and
f. a binding death benefit nomination has not been made or amended in the last 16 months.
There will be a 3% cap placed on administration fees and certain costs that members will be charged, if their account balance is less than $6,000.
Exit fees on all super accounts will be prohibited (Vision has not charged exit fees).
Changes to Income protection cover for ASU Vision Super members.
From 1 July 2018, the following changes will be made:
Increase in income protection premiums: the cost of income protection cover payable by ASU Vision Super members will increase to 1.71% of a members annual salary.
The benefit payment period for income protection benefits will be up to 5 years. This will be the maximum period for which income protection benefits will be paid for any one income protection claim. The 5 year period commences once the 90 day period has expired.
An additional benefit may be payable by the Insurer for expenses associated with modifying the workplace of an ASU member in receipt of income protection benefits, to assist their return to work, up to a maximum of 2.5 times the member’s monthly benefit.
Currently, to receive a partial disability benefit a member must be totally disabled for a minimum period of the 90-day waiting period. The minimum period is currently 14 days out of the first 19 consecutive days of the waiting period. This will be reduced to 7 days out of the first 12 consecutive days of the waiting period.
The maximum period in total for which income protection benefits may be payable by the Insurer for an insured member while the member is outside Australia will increase from 6 to 12 months.
Cancellation of the City of Melbourne corporate income protection policy, effective 1 July 2018.
From 1 July 2018, employees of City of Melbourne, who are Vision Super members will be required to fund their Income Protection Cover, it will no longer be subsidised by the City of Melbourne.
The Super Saver City of Melbourne Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) will be withdrawn and members who elect to continue their Income Protection cover will be covered under the Vision Super Saver PDS.
We’re required to have Target Market Determinations under the Treasury Laws Amendment (Design and Distribution Obligations and Product Intervention Powers) Act 2019.
This is to make sure we’re keeping members at the centre of our approach to the design and distribution of our financial products.
This legislation requires financial services product issuers to design products that are appropriate for the consumers in the target market and consistent with their objectives, financial situation, and needs.
A Target Market Determination is a document which describes who a product is appropriate for (target market), and any conditions around how the product can be distributed to customers.
It also describes the events or circumstances where we may need to review the Target Market Determination for a financial product.
It depends how your details have been changed. The most common request is changing a surname due to marriage, which you can do with a certified copy of your marriage certificate, and a Vision Super “Change of Personal Details form” found here: view form
If you have changed your name another way, we recommend you contact us first on 1300 300 820 so we can outline what documents we need to change your details without issue.
If you want to change your address, you can do this by logging onto the secure member portal online, or calling our Member Services team on 1300 300 820.
Here’s how it works. You may be able to receive a tax-free contribution from the Government when you make a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution to your super account. The maximum entitlement that can be received is $500 where your total income is $41,112 or less in the 2021/22 year. This reduces on a sliding scale and cuts out if your total income is above $56,112 in the 2021/22 year.
This is, of course, provided you satisfy work, income and age tests.
Please note that the income threshold test for the co-contribution is your total income, which is calculated as follows:
Total income (assessable income + reportable fringe benefits + reportable employer super contributions – allowable business deductions).
In very basic terms, ‘salary sacrificing’, or ‘salary packaging’ means using some of your before-tax salary to pay for something. In superannuation terms, it is usually an arrangement between you and your employer to contribute some of your before-tax salary into your superannuation account.
In the 2021/2022 financial year, the maximum that can be contributed as before-tax payments is $27,500, this includes your employer SG payments of 10%.
Please note that any after-tax contributions made, where you obtain a tax deduction, are included in this contribution limit.
The great news is you can now open your pension account online through the secure site.
You’ll just need to open a Vision Personal account first and then you can transfer across to a Vision Super pension.