Bills Digest No. 14  1998-99 Superannuation Legislation (Commonwealth Employment) Repeal and Amendment (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1998


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CONTENTS

Passage History
Purpose
Background
Main Provisions
Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Passage History

Superannuation Legislation (Commonwealth Employment) Repeal and Amendment (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1998

Date Introduced: 1 July 1998

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Finance and Administration

Commencement: Refer to the Main Provisions section

Purpose

The Bill will make a number of minor amendments, principally to ensure the continuation of some minor, current superannuation benefits to the Governor-General and their spouse and Federal judges despite the termination of certain Commonwealth superannuation schemes as a result of the introduction of the choice of superannuation funds for Commonwealth employees.

Background

With the introduction of choice of superannuation fund for Commonwealth employees substantial changes were made to the administration of public superannuation schemes, which will be closed to new entrants from the introduction of choice of fund. The changes to the administration of the public superannuation schemes have had some unintended effects that will be rectified by this Bill.

For further information on changes to the public superannuation schemes, refer to the Digest for the Superannuation Legislation (Commonwealth Employment) Repeal and Amendment Bill 1997.

Main Provisions

The Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Authority is responsible for the administration of the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Act 1973 and consists of the Commissioner for Superannuation as Chairman, a Deputy Chair appointed by the Minister and 3 other members. As the position of Commissioner for Superannuation is to abolished as part of the changes referred to above, the composition of the Authority will be changed, with the Chairman now to be appointed by the Minister (Schedule 2).

Commencement: 1 July 1998.

As part of the changes referred to above, the Superannuation (Productivity Benefit) Act 1988, which implemented award superannuation entitlements prior to the introduction of the superannuation guarantee scheme, is to be repealed from the date of the introduction of choice of fund. However, certain entities covered by the Productivity Benefit Act are not included in the definition of an employee for the purposes of the superannuation guarantee scheme and the repeal of that Act could result in certain people not being eligible for the minimum superannuation contribution required under the superannuation guarantee scheme.

Schedule 3 of the Bill will amend the Governor-General Act 1974 to provide that if the Governor-General or their surviving spouse, or former spouse, dies after 1 July 1999 there is payable to the personal representative of the deceased an amount equal to the amount calculated had monthly payments of the required superannuation guarantee charge been made. The amendments ensure that the minimum superannuation guarantee amounts are available, as would occur with other employees. Schedule 4 will make similar amendments in respect of Federal judges.

Commencement: 1 July 1999.

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Chris Field
28 August 1998
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ISSN 1328-8091
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