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Act No. 118 of 1998 as made
An Act relating to superannuation
Administered by: Treasury
Originating Bill: Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Resolution of Complaints) Bill 1998
Date of Assent 11 Dec 1998
Date of repeal 10 Mar 2016
Repealed by Amending Acts 1990 to 1999 Repeal Act 2016

SUPERANNUATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (RESOLUTION OF COMPLAINTS) ACT 1998 No. 118, 1998

Making Information [Assented to 11 December 1998]

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Resolution of Complaints) Act 1998

No. 118, 1998

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Resolution of Complaints) Act 1998

No. 118, 1998

SUPERANNUATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (RESOLUTION OF COMPLAINTS) ACT 1998 No. 118, 1998 -An Act relating to superannuation

Contents

1 Short title 1

2 Commencement 1

3 Schedule(s) 2

Schedule 1--Amendment of the Superannuation (Resolution of Complaints) Act 1993 3

Schedule 2--Amendment of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 8

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Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Resolution of Complaints) Act 1998

No. 118, 1998

An Act relating to superannuation

[Assented to 11 December 1998]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

SUPERANNUATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (RESOLUTION OF COMPLAINTS) ACT 1998 No. 118, 1998 - SECT 1
Short title

This Act may be cited as the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Resolution of Complaints) Act 1998.

SUPERANNUATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (RESOLUTION OF COMPLAINTS) ACT 1998 No. 118, 1998 - SECT 2
Commencement

This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

SUPERANNUATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (RESOLUTION OF COMPLAINTS) ACT 1998 No. 118, 1998 - SECT 3
Schedule(s)

Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

SUPERANNUATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (RESOLUTION OF COMPLAINTS) ACT 1998 No. 118, 1998 - Schedule 1 --Amendment of the Superannuation (Resolution of Complaints) Act
SECT 1993

1 Subsection 3(2)

Insert:

arbitration means arbitration by the Tribunal under Part 7A.

2 Subsection 3(2)

Insert:

arbitration agreement means an agreement entered into as mentioned in section 48B.

3 Subsection 3(2)

Insert:

nominated State or Territory has the meaning given by paragraph 48B(4)(b).

4 Subsection 3(2)

Insert:

party, in relation to an arbitration, has the meaning given by subsection 48B(6).

5 Paragraph 11(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

    (b) if a complaint cannot be resolved by conciliation:

      (i) the review of the decision or conduct to which the complaint relates; or

      (ii) if an arbitration agreement refers the complaint to the Tribunal for arbitration--the arbitration of the complaint;

6 Paragraphs 12(1)(a) and (b)

Repeal the paragraphs, substitute:

    (a) to inquire into a complaint and to try to resolve it by conciliation; and

    (b) if the complaint cannot be resolved by conciliation:


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      (i) to review the decision or conduct to which the complaint relates; or

      (ii) if an arbitration agreement refers the complaint to the Tribunal for arbitration--to conduct an arbitration in respect of the complaint; and

7 At the end of subsection 13(1)

Add:

    ; and (d) the Tribunal may arbitrate complaints.

8 Before section 14

Insert:

SECT 14AA Complaints may be made about discretionary or non-discretionary
decisions
(1) To avoid doubt, a complaint may be made under this Part about a decision whether or not the decision involved the exercise of a discretion.

(2) However, a decision that did not involve the exercise of a discretion is taken to have been unfair and unreasonable if the decision was contrary to law.

9 At the end of section 30

Add:

(2) At an arbitration in relation to a complaint, unless the parties to the arbitration otherwise agree, evidence must not be given and statements must not be made about any word spoken or act done at a conciliation conference if the word or act related to a question relevant to the arbitration.

10 After Part 7

Insert:

Part 7A--Arbitration

SECT 48A Complaints to which Part applies
This Part applies to any complaint, whether made before or after the commencement of this Part.

SECT 48B Notice to parties to a complaint
(1) This section applies if the Tribunal has tried to settle a complaint by conciliation under Part 5 but has not been successful.

(2) The Tribunal must give written notice to the parties to the complaint telling them that if, within 28 days after the date of receipt of the notice or within such further period as the Tribunal allows:

    (a) the complainant, trustee, insurer or other person to whose decision or conduct the complaint relates, and any other parties to the complaint who wish to do so, enter into an agreement, in a form approved by the Tribunal, to refer the complaint to arbitration by the Tribunal; and

    (b) the arbitration agreement is lodged with the Tribunal;

the Tribunal will conduct an arbitration in respect of the complaint in so far as it affects the parties entering into the arbitration agreement.

(3) A notice under subsection (2) must be accompanied by a form of arbitration agreement approved by the Tribunal.

(4) An arbitration agreement does not have any effect for the purposes of this Part unless:

    (a) it is executed, by the parties entering into it, under seal as a deed; and

    (b) it nominates the law of a particular State or Territory (the nominated State or Territory) as being the law that is to govern the operation of the agreement.

(5) If an arbitration agreement referring a complaint to arbitration by the Tribunal is entered into, the Tribunal must conduct an arbitration in respect of the complaint in so far as it affects the parties to the arbitration.

(6) The parties to the arbitration are the parties to the complaint who have entered into the arbitration agreement.

SECT 48C How arbitration is to be conducted
(1) An arbitration is to be conducted by the Tribunal as it thinks fit in accordance with the law of the nominated State or Territory relating to commercial arbitration.

(2) Except to the extent (if any) to which this Act makes specific provision relating to the conduct of an arbitration, nothing in this Part affects the operation, in respect of the arbitration, of the law of the nominated State or Territory relating to commercial arbitration.

SECT 48D Evidence of award made in an arbitration
Without prejudice to any other method available by law for the proof of an award made by the Tribunal in an arbitration, a document purporting to be a copy of such an award, and purporting to be certified by the Tribunal Chairperson or Tribunal Deputy Chairperson to be a true copy of the award, is, in any proceeding, prima facie evidence of the award.

SECT 48E Notification of possible appeal rights
When the Tribunal makes an award, the Tribunal must give each party to the arbitration a written notice that includes a statement that, if the party is dissatisfied with the award, the party may have appeal or review rights under the law of the nominated State or Territory relating to commercial arbitration.

SECT 48F Sunset clause
This Part ceases to have effect on a day to be fixed by Proclamation.

11 At the end of subsection 59(2)

Add:

    ; and (c) the powers of the Tribunal under section 48E are to be exercised on behalf of the Tribunal by the Tribunal Chairperson or the Tribunal Deputy Chairperson.

12 Paragraph 63(2)(a)

After "review" insert "or arbitration".

SUPERANNUATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (RESOLUTION OF COMPLAINTS) ACT 1998 No. 118, 1998 1998 -
Schedule 2--Amendment of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act
SECT 1993

1 After section 337

Insert:

SECT 337A Trustee may enter into arbitration agreement
Nothing in this Act or any other law of the Commonwealth, in any law of a State or Territory (whether written or unwritten), or in the governing rules of a fund, scheme or trust prevents a trustee of a fund, scheme or trust from:

    (a) entering into an arbitration agreement under Part 7A of the Superannuation (Resolution of Complaints) Act 1993; or

    (b) giving effect to an award made by the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal under that Part of that Act in an arbitration conducted under an agreement so entered into.

(181/98)

[Minister's second reading speech made in--

House of Representatives on 26 November 1998

Senate on 3 December 1998]