The premier event on the self-managed super fund calendar, the SMSF Association National Conference, will be in Melbourne from 15-17 February 2017.

SMSF Association managing director/CEO Andrea Slattery said the timing for next year’s event, which is expected to attract a record number of delegates, could not be more opportune for delegates.

“The recent passage through Parliament of the Government’s superannuation reforms, when coupled with the decision to legislate to improve the professional standards of financial advisors, will have an enormous impact on the SMSF sector.

“Delegates to the conference will have the unique opportunity to hear from SMSF specialists and key government and regulatory spokespeople about how these significant changes will have an impact both the industry and their businesses.

“These insights will prove invaluable for SMSF businesses having to adapt to the new superannuation legislation as well as more rigorous standards around financial advice. 2017 will be a momentous year for the SMSF sector, and attending the National Conference will be critical in ensuring SMSF Association members are fully cognisant of what all these changes will mean for their trustee clients.

“It’s fair to say 2016 has seen of lot of change, and SMSF trustees are looking to their SMSF specialists to provide the advice needed to navigate the new industry environment.”

The 2017 National Conference will hear from prominent industry figures as speakers, as well as featuring a series of intensive technical sessions across the investment, management and regulation spectrums.

“The head of the ATO, Chris Jordan, will join ASIC Deputy Chair Peter Kell and the Federal Treasury Head of Retirement Incomes Policy, Jenny Wilkinson, in a review of the SMSF regulatory regime.

Separately, a whole technical session will be devoted to an exposition and examination of the top 10 ATO breaches of SMSF regulations featuring ATO Assistant commissioner for the SMSF Segment, Kasey McFarlane.

“Property strategies and regulation as they relate to SMSFs will also feature prominently in 2017 as will the issue of superannuation caps, with the question of their sustainability being put under the microscope.

Capital gains, family law and a focus on SMSF strategies for the new post budget environment are all subject to separate technical sessions,” Slattery said.

The annual thought leaders breakfast will include an address by the Deputy Chair of the Australian Productivity Commission, Karen Chester, while the traditional closing event will feature Antarctic expedition leader, best-selling author and Australia’s pre-eminent authority on extreme leadership, Rachael Robertson.

Bookings for the event are now open and a special offer is available during an early bird registration window that closes on Friday 2 December 2016.

About the SMSF Association:

The SMSF Association is the authoritative voice for the self-managed superannuation fund sector. The Association, which represents professionals providing a range of services across various disciplines in the complex area of SMSFs as well as engaging trustees to become better educated and informed. The SMSF Association is an advocate for the highest professional standards and competence to ensure SMSF trustees always receive the best possible advice.

Contact for interviews:

Andrea Slattery
SMSF Association Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer
M: 0417 898 317

Contact for Media

Jessica Beare
SMSF Association
M: 0408 327 830

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