A record number of delegates are expected to attend the SMSF Association 2018 National Conference.
The conference, to be held in Sydney in February, is the premier event on the SMSF calendar, said SMSF Association CEO John Maroney.
“The primary focus of the 2018 event is to give delegates every opportunity to expand their SMSF knowledge and take them ‘beyond the expected’,” he said.
“It aims to give them the intellectual tools to rise above the competition and position themselves as leaders in the SMSF sector with technical excellence and thinking post the 1 July 2017 changes.”
“This theme of ‘beyond’ has been expressly built into the program, starting with the Thought Leadership Breakfast on the opening morning to the policy and technical sessions, and ending with the highly entertaining and always popular traditional closing event. At all times, the 2018 National Conference will challenge, stimulate and educate delegates.”
The Conference will include a Thought Leadership Breakfast, on the theme of ‘Does superannuation need to play a broader role in the retirement of Australians in the future?’.
“In the past 18 months since the handing down of the 2016 Federal Budget, much of the industry’s focus has been on the immediate impact of these changes, many of which took effect on 1 July this year,’ said Maroney.
“The sessions will still focus on the aftermath of these significant changes. But the Thought Leadership Breakfast will give us the unique opportunity to look into the crystal ball and discuss the long-term challenges facing SMSFs and the superannuation system.”
“One of these challenges is how will superannuation continue to meet the needs of retirees going forward. Should superannuation be limited to its core purpose of providing retirement income or can its remit be expanded to cater for health and aged care too?”
“Should housing be more integrated with superannuation and the age pension? Is the way we draw down on superannuation savings fit for purpose going forward?”
The 2018 SMSF Association National Conference will be held at Sydney’s new International Convention Centre on 14-16 February 2018. Registrations are now open, with early bird registration closing on Friday 1 December 2017.