The year, the SMSF Association’s annual conference provides the perfect platform for participants to gain that professional edge, at an event bursting with must-know technical content delivered across 48 unique sessions.

The agenda features more than 60 expert speakers and influential sector leaders, representing the best in the business. And between sessions, attendees will explore an exhibition area with a massive array of SMSF innovators and solutions providers. This area will also be where industry experts will discuss the industry, legislation, and the future with attendees and representatives from the media and the SMSFA.

In terms of the sessions on offer, there are many that stand out. The opening breakfast, titled ‘Can super be trusted?’ will set the tone for the coming days, with Karen Chester from the Australian Productivity Commission, Helen Rowell from APRA, Andrea Slattery from the SMSFA, and Peter Williams of Deloitte sharing their views.

Tim Costello’s address is sure to be fascinating, and his work with WorldVision should form a bedrock for him to deliver his own view on dealing with challenges.

There are an abundance of sessions that will help sharpen the skills of members in attendance. From dealing with challenges like TPD and terminal illness (session 1C) to splitting up under the Family Law Act (session 3B), attendees will find ways to navigate these painful times for clients.

In day two, the ATO features prominently, with ATO Commissioner of Taxation Chris Jordan taking part in a must-see panel session, Yes the SMSF sector is regulated (plenary session 5) with Peter Kell from ASIC, Jenny Wilkinson from Treasury, and Andrea Slattery from the SMSFA. They will discuss regulation in the SMSFA sector.

The ATO again takes the stage when James O’Halloran, deputy commissioner, superannuation, talks about Navigating budget measures: How is the ATO responding? (session 7C). Other highlights include a look at automation and offshoring (Session 6A), succession planning (session 5D), and an address by Dr Deen Sanders from the Professional Standards Authority (session 5A).

The final day doesn’t mean a let-up in quality. The opening plenary, Policy certainty for SMSFs – are we there yet? will see The Hon Bernie Ripoll, SMSFA head of policy Jordan George and professor of finance at Monash University Deborah Ralston discuss policy, facilitated by Robin Bowerman of Vanguard Investments.

This year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will address the attendees – the first time a prime minster has done so. It’s an exciting development. The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, and Katy Gallagher, Shadow Minister for Small Business and Financial Services, will also both speak to the audience in another special address.

With government represented heavily, and experts all through the agenda, this year’s event will be one of the most valuable to date.

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