SMSF module – Regulating SMSF’s

2 Jan 2020 — 2 Jan 2025
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January 2, 2020 @ 5:30 am - January 2, 2025 @ 5:30 am


This module looks at the steps to establish a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) as a regulated superannuation fund to become a complying superannuation fund entitled to tax concessions.

The module identifies the trustee covenants that all trustees must abide by and are deemed to be incorporated into the governing rules of the fund whether they are stated or not. These covenants provide a broad framework for trustees as to how they should deal with the assets of the SMSF on behalf of the members of the fund. They are essentially a codification of the principles of trust law and the responsibilities of trustees developed by the Courts over many years.

In the first significant link between the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth) (SIS Act) and the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) (ITAA 97), this Module reviews the definition of an Australian superannuation fund which is a definition contained within the ITAA97, that an SMSF is required to satisfy if it is to be a complying superannuation fund under SIS Act.

Finally, the module covers the trustee responsibilities that must be outsourced and identifies the penalty regime that applies to all SMSFs for breaches of the SIS Act.

Learning outcomes

On completing this module, participants should be able to:

  • identify some of the considered advantages and disadvantages of having an SMSF
  • list the key regulatory steps required to establish an SMSF
  • identify the key trustee covenants and their associated regulations to ensure an SMSF meets its obligations with regards to assets and investment strategies
  • describe the characteristics of an Australian superannuation fund
  • ensure an SMSF continues to satisfy the definition of an Australian superannuation fund
  • discuss the various penalties that may be imposed on SMSF trustees for a breach of the SIS Act.


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SMSF module - Regulating SMSF's - Education Modules Fee
  • $ 220.00 – Member
  • $ 275.00 – Non-Member


2 January 2020 2 January 2025

(Price for Non-Members)

(Price for Members)

5 CPD Hours