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Purchaser-Provider Arrangements

ComSuper

Defence is required to pay superannuation administration fees to Commonwealth Superannuation Administration (ComSuper). Defence pays ComSuper a fee for each current or separated Defence member or employee who is a contributing, deferred benefit, or pensioner member of the Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme, the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefit Scheme, the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Scheme, the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme, or the Public Sector Superannuation Schemes. The expenses for 2004-05 were $16.6m. Performance Service level standards, which are set by the Military Superannuation Benefits Board and the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Authority, apply to the delivery of services provided by ComSuper. During 2004-05, 91 per cent of agreed service standards were achieved.

During the year ComSuper delivered a number of initiatives. These included business processes to support ancillary contributions, including the Government's superannuation co-contribution and a half-yearly member mail out focusing on investment activities. ComSuper also enhanced its reporting to the Military Superannuation Benefits Board and the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Authority.

Defence is currently negotiating a service level agreement with ComSuper, the Military Superannuation Benefits Board Executive, and the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Authority. This agreement is expected to be signed by all parties in 2005-06 and ill identify the military superannuation administration services to be provided by ComSuper and the fee Defence will pay. ComSuper's performance under the terms of the service level agreement will be reviewed regularly by the Military Superannuation Benefits Board, the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Authority and Defence.

The Department of Finance and Administration is responsible for negotiating the Commonwealth-wide superannuation administration services provided by ComSuper for civilians. Defence is required to pay the fees negotiated for civilians by the Department of Finance and Administration.

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