Superannuation insurance is going to change on 1 July and Legal Aid Queensland is warning consumers who have multiple superannuation funds to consider which fund offers best value for money.
Legal Aid Queensland’s Senior Lawyer (Consumer Advocate) Paul Holmes said these changes follow a Productivity Commission Superannuation Inquiry, which made a number of recommendations to prevent insurance fees or premiums from greatly reducing people’s super.
“After the changes on 1 July, inactive super accounts with low balances will be closed and either rolled into other accounts, or potentially the government-operated fund,” Mr Holmes said.
“Therefore, the problem is the fund with the lowest balance might have the best insurance cover, which people risk losing if they don’t consider their options carefully as insurance policies under super funds can vary greatly.”
Mr Holmes said while super fund operators are endeavouring to contact their customers, remote and regional Queenslanders including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders may not receive their mail with enough time to be able to properly consider their options.
“We’re encouraging people to get on the front foot and check what super they have through ATO’s online services,” he said.
“We also encourage people to seek financial advice to consider whether they should keep any insurance they might have in their existing superannuation account.”
Mr Holmes said the changes may also affect people who have default insurance included in their superannuation which provides them with income protection insurance and for Total and Permanent Disability (TPD).
“If people have this kind of insurance under their superannuation and the account has been inactive for 16 months, the policy will be cancelled, regardless of the account balance,” he said.
“If consumers decide they want the insurance they will have to ensure they contribute to the account within the required time, or contact their super fund and opt in to the default insurance.”
Mr Holmes said the changes on 1 July may bring some positives for consumers, such as the removal of exit fees if people want to change their super fund, and a cap of 3 percent fees charged on any account with less than $6000 in it, but consumers must keep up-to-date with the changes affecting their super account.
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras today announces their formal bid for WorldPride 2023.
With support from the Department of Premier and Cabinet, ANZ, Tourism Australia and Qantas, an Australian delegation sets out this week to travel to key international destinations where they will present the case for Sydney to this marquee LGBTQI festival.
WorldPride is the largest gathering of LGBTQI communities globally, and is held every two years in a host city. If Mardi Gras is successful in its pitch to InterPride – the international association of pride organisations that decides the location – it will be the first time WorldPride is held in the Southern Hemisphere.
WorldPride will bring over one million visitors to Sydney from all over the globe, for a festival which will include significant new events on top of the annual Mardi Gras program. In 2019 Sydney’s Mardi Gras festival made a $131.1 Million contribution to the NSW economy by bringing over 68,000 visitors to Sydney from interstate and around the world.
Sydney WorldPride has the potential to attract over 1 million attendees, with a total economic footprint of $600-800million
Mardi Gras Board Member and 78er Robyn Kennedy is part of the committee leading the bid process, she said “We’re excited by the potential of WorldPride Sydney 2023 – it’s the largest and most important LGBTQI festival in the world. We feel bringing this to Sydney will have a positive impact on the Asia Pacific region with regards to social justice and equality for LGBTQI communities.”
ANZ Chief Financial Officer and Pride Network Sponsor Michelle Jablko, said: “ANZ has a longstanding partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and we’re proud to support them in their campaign to bring WorldPride to Sydney. This is one of the many ways ANZ demonstrates the importance we place on diversity, inclusion and respect in the workplace and broader community.”
“Every year the eyes of the world look upon Sydney as we light up the southern hemisphere with our Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras festivities,” said NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin.
“It’s exciting to think we could be bringing the world to Sydney for WorldPride2023 where we can showcase our beautiful global city to the world.
“Sydney is renowned for our inclusive and welcoming culture for all LGBTQ visitors and I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate this than by hosting WorldPride2023.”
“WorldPride is a global event and it belongs in Australia’s global city,” said Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres.
“Sydney is the events capital of the Southern Hemisphere, amazing harbour, delicious food and beverage, world class transport and a history of celebrating diversity like no other.”
WorldPride 2023 will coincide with the 45th anniversary of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. The bid’s outcome will be decided by InterPride members at the AGM in Athens in October 2019. WorldPride 2023 would include additional major events such as an 80,000-person pride march down the iconic Oxford St in Darlinghurst, an international LGBTQI human rights conference, a Bondi Beach concert for 30,000 people and many more major events accompanying Mardi Gras’ usual programming.
Minister Greg Hunt has released the outcomes of the Million Minds Mission Funding, dedicating $5 million to prevention and early intervention of eating disorders. The grant supports teams of researchers to undertake collaborative, patient-focused research that is transformative, scalable and demonstrates the greatest improvement on health outcomes and translation into policy and/or practice.
"Eating disorders are extremely complex illnesses," Health Minister Greg Hunt said. "These projects have the potential to save and protect the lives of patients with this disease."
A research team at Victoria University has received $1.3 million in order to develop innovative digital resources for the prevention and early intervention of eating disorders among young adults. They will join researchers from Deakin, Melbourne, La Trobe, and Swinburne Universities, led by Associate Professor Matt Fuller-Tyszkiewicz at Deakin University.
Dr Sian McLean, a research fellow in the Institute of Health and Sport at VU will co-lead the development of an app to engage hard-to-reach populations of young people in an early intervention program for eating disorders.
The researchers will use data to deliver intervention modules, such as cognitive behavioural therapy and media literacy (eg: prevalence of photo-shopping) in a manner that responds directly to the concerns that are considered most prominent to adolescents at that time. The app will be trialled across Australia in 2020.
Around one million Australians live with an eating disorder, however experts agree that early interventions can have a positive impact on recovery rates. Dr McLean said ”This is the first time in the world that a young person experiencing an eating disorder will receive the support that they need to address the specific risk factor that is most problematic to them, in real-time, wherever they are“.
Associate Professor Zali Yager and Professor Alex Parker will co-lead end-user engagement research in order to gather young people’s views about how they would like such an app to look and feel, and to ensure that findings are shared with participants, health professionals, and members of the community to shape impact policy and practice. In the coming weeks, the team will be seeking young people (aged over 18 years), and health professionals to join a Research Advisory Group and contribute to the project.
“Young people hold the key insights that we need to create engaging resources and programs that can be promoted through social media. We want to combine these insights with the evidence-base in order to develop some really innovative resources that directly meet their needs”, said VU’s Associate Professor Zali Yager.
To stay updated or get involved, go to: www.projectWIRED.org
The opening of the 2020 National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowships round was announced today by Director-General Dr Marie-Louise Ayres.
The Creative Arts Fellowship offers two $10,000 grants to support writers and artists to spend four weeks in the Library developing an artistic concept, artwork or body of work inspired by the Library’s collections. Recipients also receive special access to the collections and staff expertise.
“We encourage artists, at all stages of their professional careers, to apply for this incredible opportunity to access the Library’s extensive collections,” Dr Ayres said.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the National Library of Australia and the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust, we are delighted to offer two funded Creative Arts Fellowships again this year; the Creative Arts Fellowship and the Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing.
“Our previous Creative Arts Fellows have made fascinating discoveries and been challenged artistically by the Library’s extraordinary collection which includes books, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, music and maps and vast digital content.
“2020 Fellows will join our community of past Fellows, have access to the Library’s expert staff, a supportive working environment and financial assistance.”
Applications close at 5pm, 19 July 2019 (AEST).
More information and the online application form are available on our website.
From hip hop workshops to weaving sessions and earth oven treats, there’s something for everyone to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the heart of Sydney next month.
The City of Sydney’s annual NAIDOC in the City event features music, food and art in Hyde Park on Saturday 13 July.
People of all ages can enjoy live performances by Indigenous artists, join in the dance circle, taste treats from the earth oven or visit the marketplace for local art, craft and produce.
Active kids will enjoy traditional and hip hop dance workshops and sports including Indigenous games, basketball, netball and hockey. More crafty kids can take part in face painting, paperbark canoe making, weaving and visual art sessions.
Kids can meet and learn about Australian animals and learn songs and dance from local cultural educators.
“We recognise the unique status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as custodians who have nurtured this land for tens of thousands of years and have an indelible connection to country,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore.
“NAIDOC in the City is a wonderful opportunity to experience the richness of the world’s oldest living cultures in an exciting and engaging way.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins go back to the emergence of campaigning Aboriginal groups in the 1920s, who sought to increase awareness of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians in the wider community.
This year’s national NAIDOC Week theme ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together for a shared future’ reflects the three key elements set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
“Our local area is home to many important individual and community voices, striving for improved health, housing, education and legal outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” the Lord Mayor said.
“This year’s theme reminds us that acknowledging our shared past helps us lay the groundwork for a future that embraces all Australians.
“It’s so important that we teach kids about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as well as listen to what young people want for Australia in years to come. We hope to see you and your family there.”
A detailed program will be available closer to the event at whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/naidoc-in-the-city
NAIDOC in the City is produced by 33creative.com.au
Learn more about NAIDOC Week at naidoc.org.au
NAIDOC in the City
When: 11am to 3pm, Saturday 13 July
Where: Hyde Park, Sydney
Spencer Street in Fairfield City Centre will be transformed into a buzzing celebration of Fairfield City’s colourful and vibrant diversity with food and entertainment from all around the world. Fan favourite 2017 MasterChef contestant Bryan Zhu will be a special guest presenter on the day.
Saturday, 1 June, 11am-4pm
Spencer Street, Fairfield
Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone
12pm Official opening with Mayor Frank Carbone
12.15pm MasterChef contestant Bryan Zhu cooking demonstration
11.45am, 3pm Eating competitions
From 1pm Music and dance performances