The theme of the 2019 SMSF Association National Conference is ‘strength’.
SMSF Association CEO John Maroney said the theme was highly appropriate given the financial services Royal Commission and superannuation reforms.
“At this critical time for our superannuation sector, we need to ‘strengthen’ our commitment to clients, to reliable, appropriate advice, technical standards, continuing education and ethical behaviour,” he said.
“Next year will again test our sector as the findings of the Royal Commission and the Productivity Commission report play out in the public arena, as well as the impact of the higher professional standards being required by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA).”
“In this challenging environment for advisers, the Association has devised a National Conference program that will address each of these challenges, as well as a plethora of technical sessions on issues we understand are vitally important to our members.”
Maroney said the conference would focus on broad issues confronting the sector as well as key technical issues – through more than 40 sessions with over 60 expert speakers.
“Issues that will be explored include how to improve the quality of advice in the wake of ASIC’s report, what reserves are acceptable for an SMSF and how to deal with reserves in an SMSF, and examining the rules for taxation on pension income, as well as what strategies can be used to maximise exempt current pension income (ECPI).”
“As always, our goal is to give delegates every opportunity to expand their SMSF knowledge to help them meet their clients’ needs by enhancing their skill base to ensure their leadership position in the SMSF sector,” Maroney said.
The 2019 SMSFA National Conference is being held in Melbourne from 20-22 February 2019, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Early bird registrations are open.