What is stapling?
It’s a Government plan that would keep you in your first super fund, unless you choose another. If the legislation passes, a worker new to the industry, who doesn’t choose a super fund, would have super contributions from their employer paid to their first super fund. Your first fund might have worked for you when you worked in a pub or shop, but it might not have the insurance you need as a building and construction worker. The plan could put workers in building and construction at risk of not having insurance that will cover them.
What does this mean for you?
If you have insurance cover with Cbus, it is designed for your job. If the change goes through, workers new to your site and the sector would be kept in their first super fund from their first job (unless they choose another fund). They would be at risk of not having insurance that covers them for their new job.
What’s the difference with Cbus?
Most funds exclude cover for dangerous working conditions, whereas Cbus provides automatic insurance cover to members in the manual occupation category. Having access to automatic insurance is fundamental for members working with heavy machinery and working from heights. At the moment when you work on a building site you could be in Cbus. That means you get insurance that is tailored to your industry.
Cbus is seeking an exemption to the ‘stapling’ proposal for workers in dangerous industries. We want to ensure that every building and construction worker is covered. This is consistent with the exemption obtained from the ban on default insurance for under 25s in 2019 (in effect since 1 April 2020).