SuperGuide began tracking Australia’s independent financial advisers in 2010. We have always recognised that financial advice can add significant value to an individual or couple’s retirement plans, so long as it is truly independent, free from conflicts, and in the best interests of the clients.
The majority of advisers listed belong to the Profession of Independent Financial Advisers (PIFA), which was formerly known as the Independent Financial Advisers Association of Australia (IFAAA), and if you are a member of PIFA then there is no need for you complete the declaration below.
If you would like to be included on SuperGuide’s Independent Financial Advisers list, please complete and sign a copy of the declaration which can be downloaded from here. Please then fill out your details in the form below and attach your completed declaration.
The issues addressed by the declaration document include your:
- Functional independence from the influence of any product manufacturer;
- Commitment to only accepting remuneration on the basis of genuine fees-for-service;
- Commitment to not offering remuneration arrangements which involve the receipt of a commission, asset-based fee, trailing commission, bonus, soft-dollar benefit or other conflicted payment;
- Possession of a civil/criminal record that is free from any offence that would reasonably bear on the adviser being a fit and proper person for the purposes of being included on SuperGuide’s list.
Appointment to SuperGuide’s list is for a period of 2 years. At the conclusion of that period, re-listing will be subject to a further declaration. Applications may be considered on a continuous basis. There is no application deadline. However, no matter the quality of the application, SuperGuide retains the absolute discretion to consider applications, and to choose to list or remove advisers from the list.
If SuperGuide forms the view that, in connection with an adviser’s participation in the SuperGuide list, an adviser has made false or misleading statements in his or her undertakings or subsequently conducts him or herself in a way that is inconsistent with those undertakings, SuperGuide may consider referring the matters to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and/or another relevant regulator or professional body. In the event that an adviser is referred to ASIC or elsewhere as described above, that adviser will be removed from the SuperGuide list.
If you have any questions about the declaration or the list, please contact us.