CSC / Royal Commission

The Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) is the fund manager for both the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) scheme and the Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme (MSBS).
The Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission into Financial Services specifically excludes only ONE financial organisation from scrutiny - you guessed it - the CSC !
It is reasonable to ask why the Government doesn’t want CSC Executives to be held accountable before the Royal Commission in the same way as other financial organisation executives ? What is the Government trying to keep hidden from the Australian people? 
The DFWA has prepared two Facts Sheets on this issue.  The Fact Sheets detail with (1) Overview and (2) Rebuttal of Government Excuses.   We also have a detailed briefing paper that outlines our concerns about the conduct of the CSC in administering Defence Superannuation. 
There is also a major article in Camaraderie First Edition 2018 and a further article in the second edition 2018 is expected.

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Please raise this matter with your local Member of Parliament and demand action !

16 August 2018 - DFWA MEDIA RELEASE - ROYAL COMMISSION.  The Senate yesterday passed a motion that the Hayne Royal Commission into Banking and Superannuation be extended to include the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation. No longer should the Government be allowed to hide behind the misconception that the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) is held to account through the annual Senate Estimates process. This has been proven wrong time and time again. Fairness and honesty must now take hold. The Terms of Reference of the Banking Royal Commission must be extended to cover the governance of all relevant Commonwealth retirement benefits and superannuation funds. Read our Media Release here.

2 July 2018 - THE CASE SUPPORTING THE CSC CAMPAIGN.  A detailed paper has been released advocating for the CSC to be included in the Royal Commission. It is compelling reading for anyone interested in why we are pursuing this matter.  Read it here.

26 June 2018 - BRISBANE PROTEST AGAINST ROYAL COMMISSION’S TERMS OF REFERENCE.  ADF veterans from past and present conflicts will hold a protest with a difference this Thursday, 28 June in Brisbane to complain that their superannuation provider is not included in the current Royal Commission into Banking and Superannuation. The protest will take place between 10.00am and 11.30 am outside the Brisbane Magistrates Court, 363 George Street Brisbane.  A Media Release is available on the DFWA website.  For further information contact the DFWA Qld Br President John Lowis (0439 192 574)

15 June 2018 - CSC CAMPAIGN / ROYAL COMMISSION - LETTER TO THE PM.  Who could now in hindsight possibly believe that CSC has been so effectively well regulated that it need not be put under at least the same scrutiny as the rest of the Financial Institutions are under the current Royal Commission ? Given that perspective, a joint RSL/ADSO Open Letter to the Prime Minister has been released and will also be distributed to each MP and Senator, plus the media as well.

18 January 2018 - ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY.  On Thursday 30 November 2017 the Government announced that it would establish a Royal Commission into alleged misconduct by the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry in Australia. The Government stated that the Inquiry ‘would consider the conduct of banks, insurers, financial services providers and superannuation funds'. When the Terms of Reference for the Commission were dually issued there was singularly only one major financial services entity in the Australia seemingly excluded from any scrutiny, namely the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC). 

The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) and the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO) calls on the Government by way of a Joint Media Statement to amend the Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference to include an examination of the military superannuation funds administered by the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation.  (Note also that on 13 December 17 DFWA also issued a Media Release, available here.)

CSC administers military and other superannuation funds for over 700,000 people, including 230,000 serving and former servicemen and women. Given the magnitude of the CSC influence on the wellbeing of former servicemen and women the RSL and ADSO members consider this represents a compelling reason to include CSC within the Terms of Reference. The voices of 230,000 serving and former servicemen and women should be heard, not be silenced. Members who have experienced issues with CSC should be encouraged to provide feedback comments via email to either or ComSuper-Military Entitlements at