The new changes to superannuation and their impact on many self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees is creating strong demand for the SMSF Association’s Trustee Knowledge Centre website.
SMSF Association CEO John Maroney says the growing trustee traffic to the website is encouraging as it highlights their thirst for knowledge about superannuation.
“When the Association decided to invite trustees to take up membership, we strongly believed there would be keen interest in what we were offering – and this is proving to be the case with the Association demonstrating it is the pre-eminent organisation representing SMSF trustees.
“Trustees are going to the website to get up-to-date information about how best to manage their superannuation, confident in the knowledge that what we are offering is independent and factual. Having taken the decision to manage their superannuation, then it’s not surprising that they want to be as well informed as possible.
“The latest topics on the site discuss how to navigate the new superannuation environment, the SMSF yearly planner and research papers on how life events can have a significant impact in your fund.”
Maroney says many of the resources are designed to be used in partnership with a trustee’s SMSF specialist advisor, and for those trustees who don’t have an advisor there is a directory of independently endorsed SMSF specialists on the website.
Aside from the website, the SMSF Association is planning a series of educational events for trustees.
They include an event in Melbourne of 23 August that will discuss the topic, “Your self-managed super fund health”, while the topic for the Sydney event on 30 October will be “Your self-managed super fund in focus”.
Other events in the pipeline include an inaugural SMSF trustee festival SMSF Week in Adelaide in 2018 that will blend education and tourism. Maroney says: “This is a concept that works well in other countries, and I see no reason why we can’t stage such an event in Adelaide, combining stimulating sessions about superannuation with winery tours, golf days, and visits to interesting tourist attractions such as Kangaroo Island.”
The Association is also teaming up with Exhibitions and Events Australia, the nation’s largest exhibition organiser of consumer events, to host Victoria’s first Self-Managed Super Fund Expo at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 April 2018.