The list of award recipients for the SMSFA National Conference were announced during the Class final day lunch.

The SMSF Association 2016 CEO Award was presented to Scott Hay-Bartlem, while the SMSF Association 2016 Chairman Award went to Belinda Aisbett.

High achievers in the SMSFA examinations were also acknowledged, with ‘Highest mark in the SMSF Specialist Advisor Examination’ going to Larry Reisen, ‘Highest mark in the SMSF Specialist Auditor Examination’ to Alexandar Bozinovski, and David O’Connell taking out ‘Highest mark in the SMSF Practitioner Examination’.

The day was also a time to applaud the diligent work of a small army of volunteers who helped the event hum along over the three days. Thirty-five students studying event management and financial services took the opportunity to do volunteer work at the SMSF National Conference.

Speaking about the initiative, Conference organiser and SMSF Association head of education services Liz Ward said: “One of the major challenges that students face is getting work experience to back up their study.

“We had an overwhelming response from students studying event management and financial services and accounting to gain work experience at an event of this size and calibre.”

The SMSF Association National Conference is the largest event in the superannuation and financial services space in Australia. Students have the opportunity to interact with industry experts and network with more than 1600 SMSF professionals.

Having implemented a new state-of-the-art electronic registration and tracking platform, the SMSFA needed people on the ground to deliver a seamless delegate experience.

“Giving students this opportunity is aligned to the Association’s commitment to developing education about self-managed super funds across Australia,” Ward said.

“There is a growing trend for younger people to take up SMSFs, and this volunteer work is just part of the way in which we can spread the SMSF message as an excellent vehicle for people to ensure a dignified and secure retirement.”

Stand-out volunteers have also been offered the opportunity to work at the Association office and get valuable experience in the SMSF industry.

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