APRA launches superannuation data publications

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) will launch a series of new superannuation data publications from September 2022, a move it says will further enhance the quality and breadth of information available to industry stakeholders.

APRA said the publications represented a key milestone in the regulator’s Superannuation Data Transformation (SDT), a multi-year project to drive better industry practices and improve outcomes for superannuation fund members through heightened transparency.

The quarterly and annual publications would comprise new and expanded data on an industry, fund and product basis. The expanded data would include information on fees and costs, asset allocation and performance data for all products and investment options as well as information on insurance arrangements, expenses, member demographics.

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APRA member, Margaret Cole, said the publications would fill a substantial gap in the data available to  fund members, beneficiaries, investors, government and the general public.

“The enhanced data will enable industry stakeholders more effectively to assess the risks, operations, performance and efficiency of superannuation funds. It will promote better industry practices through comparability and peer review, and the sharing of key metrics will drive greater accountability of superannuation trustees.

“This is an important development in our work to increase the transparency of the superannuation industry – but we’re not done yet. We will continue to drive improvements in the information available to stakeholders through the next phases of the Superannuation Data Transformation project,” she said.

The first of the new publications would be issued in September and will cover aggregate quarterly data on the industry’s structure and profile, member demographics and investments.

Quarterly publications covering product level data would be launched in Q4, 2022 while annual data publications on the industry, funds and products would be released in early 2023.

APRA said it had consulted widely with industry on the publications and confidentiality.




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