Taking a knife to red tape on the 2022 National Conference agenda

The vexing issue of red tape and how to cut it will come under the microscope at the 2022 SMSF Association National Conference being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from April 20-22.

SMSF Association Deputy CEO / Director of Policy & Education Peter Burgess says reducing complexity is such a critical issue for the SMSF sector that the conference organisers decided to add another concurrent session to the program to allow an experienced and highly credentialed panel of experts to dissect it from every angle.

The panellists are Marisa Broome (Chair, FPA), Simon Grant (Group Executive Advocacy, Professional Standing and International Development, CAANZ), Phil Anderson (CEO, AFA), and Vicki Stylianou (Group Executive Advocacy and Policy, Institute of Public Accountants). SMSF Association CEO John Maroney will moderate the session.

Burgess says: “With the quality of financial advice review set to begin, it’s timely that the National Conference discusses what needs to be done to cut complexity and achieve meaningful reform.

“The panel, comprising the accounting and financial advice professions, will examine the opportunities that exist to streamline and simplify regulatory compliance obligations in the context of what SMSF consumers really want and need that they aren’t receiving now.

“They will also discuss what a restructured and enhanced regulatory framework for accountants providing SMSF advice, and financial advisers providing tax financial advice, could and should look like.”

This session is another highlight of the National Conference that will see five workshop topics, a Thought Leadership Breakfast, concurrent and plenary sessions, offer up to 47 CPD hours, as well as hear addresses from the Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy, Senator Jane Hume, and the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Stephen Jones.

Burgess says this National Conference, which will allow Association members to network and socialise in person for the first time in more than two years, is promising to be an event to remember.

“The sector is enjoying a mini boom. Member numbers and assets are both on growth paths, encouraged by the many positive changes we are seeing in our industry. Over the two-and-half days of the National Conference, delegates will hear about those changes and others that are in the pipeline.”

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