Specialist members will have the opportunity to participate in practical, hands-on workshops over the two-and-half days of the SMSF Association 2016 National Conference being held in Adelaide from February 17-19.

Association Managing Director/CEO Andrea Slattery says: “This is an innovative idea that will allow specialist members to work together to learn how to solve the types of problems their clients bring through the door every day.

“The aim is to make the workshops real ‘work life experiences’ by limiting the numbers and making them interactive to ensure our specialist members take back to their businesses practical experiences from the conference.”

Delegates are invited to join the conversation at the Thought Leadership breakfast titled: The future of wealth management and advice – what forces are shaping advisers’ roles? Last year’s inaugural event boasted speakers such as David Murray, Don Russell and Warwick McKibbin.

Slattery says the positive response to the lifecycle theme at the 2015 conference convinced the Association to adopt this approach again.

“We received very encouraging feedback about how understanding the SMSF lifecycle provided the correct architecture for the conference.

“We believe that better outcomes arise when professional advisors and trustees are armed with the best and latest information most appropriate to their circumstances.

“Delegates enthused about the concept with comments such as ‘like this style, it reflects my businesses model’, ‘it assisted with choice of topics as it gave an idea of what the content would be’ and ‘this helped (me) hone in on areas of interest’.”

The conference, to be held at the Adelaide Convention & Exhibition Centre, will again highlight why it is the pre-eminent event on the SMSF calendar with 45 conference sessions, 60 expert speakers, networking opportunities with specialists across the professional spectrum, and an impressive exhibition hall.

Graeme Colley, the Association’s Director Technical and Professional Standards, who heads the National Conference committee, says: “The conference just keeps growing. Our task is to ensure that the quality of the speakers, the technical content, industry updates, networking and social opportunities meet our members’ high expectations, so every year the pressure is on to devise an agenda that fulfils this goal.

“Aside from the workshops and the Thought Leadership breakfast, other initiatives include a ‘trustee exchange’ showcasing three high-profile trustees and a strong focus on all issues germane to accountants becoming licensed and planners becoming registered to offer tax advice. All these events should attract keen interest.”

Colley says the other main “attraction” is holding the conference in Adelaide. “It’s the best time of the year to visit with the conference coinciding with the internationally renowned Adelaide Fringe Festival.

“It’s also Australia’s wine capital, with numerous famous regions in short driving distance from the city and boasts a number of internationally recognised golf courses. With all this on offer we encourage delegates to book early.”

Registrations are now open, with Early Bird offers (including first-in-first-serve registrations to limited capacity sessions) available until 30 November, so make sure you secure your seat. In addition, there is the opportunity for industry professionals to sign up as an SMSF Association member to take advantage of the pro rata annual membership.

About the SMSF Association

The SMSF Association exists to improve the quality of advisors, the knowledge of trustees and the credibility and health of a vibrant SMSF community.
Contact for interviews:

Graeme Colley
SMSF Association Director Technical and Professional Standards
M: 0409 393 185
E: graemecolley@spaa.asn.au

Nicholas Way
Shed Media
M: 0409 585 979
E: nway@shedmedia.com.au

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