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Free Webinar

- by SMSF Auditors Association of Australia



"What Super Fund Auditors should do now to avoid being sued by Trustees"

- By Grant Abbott

  • The SMSF Auditing profession is getting hammered on all sides. Fee pressures from clients, proposals for 3 year audits and the disastrous negligence cases such as Cam & Bear as well as Baumgartner.
  • 2018 was not a good year for auditors with many questioning whether to go or stay. In this session Grant Abbott, author of the best selling book “The Guru’s Guide to SMSFs” will look at:
  • The question of negligence, what an auditor can do to protect themselves, their practice and also grow their business while others are folding.

Webinar Details:

Date : 5th Feb 2019

Time: 2:00 PM To 3:00 PM

How To Book:

CPD Hours : 1 Hour CPD in SMSF Audit


Speaker : Grant Abbott | SMSF Author & Commentator | Latest Book "Guru's Guide to SMSFs"

Grant Abbott is the leading self managed super fund author, commentator and presenter in Australia. 

His latest book., “The Guru’s Guide to SMSFs has become a best seller and provides strategic insight into SMSF strategy for:

- super members in an industry or retail super fund wanting to know whether a SMSF is for them;

- existing SMSF members and trustees seeking to take their SMSF ideas, knowledge, strategy and wealth creation to a new level; plus,

- a detailed workbook, strategy guide and knowledge manual for all SMSF professionals whether accountants, administrators, financial planners, auditors and product development teams.


Grant has been in the SMSF industry from the start and even made submissions on the initial super laws, the Superannuation Industry Supervision Bill 1993 that created the SMSF. 

He did the first ever video on SMSFs in 1994, streamed the first ever internet training video in 1998 (well before broadband), built the first ever internet based SMSF administration platform in 1999, created the first ever SMSF specialist adviser course in 2000, presented on SMSFs on more than 1,500 occasions and to more than 100,000 people.




SMSF Auditors Association of Australia Ltd


Our Webinars for 2019 Calendar Year


5th FebWhat SMSF Auditors should do now to avoid being sued by Trustees  - By Grant Abbott | SMSF Author  

19th Feb -When & When not to lodge a Contravention with ATO - By Manoj Abichandani | SMSF Technical Director |

19th March - Audit Issues when a member losses Capacity - By Clinton Jackson | Partner | Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers

2nd April  - Audit Issues for the payment of Death Benefits - By Allan Swan | Lawyer | Estate Planning Equation 

30th April -Yes, property development in an SMSF can be done BUT... - By Phil Broderick | Principal Sladen Legal

14th MaySole Purpose Test - By Chris Ketsakidis | Partner Corporate Advisory | Mills Oakley

28th May -  Contributions to SMSF - Auditor's Prospective - By Mark Wilkinson | Partner Superannuation - BDO Private Wealth Advisers

25th June -Audit Issues for Paying Member Benefits - By Lyn Formica | Head SMSF Technical Services | Heffron SMSF Solutions

9th July - What SMSF auditors need to know about super proceeds & testamentary trusts - By Bryce Figot | Special Counsel DBA Lawyers

23rd July -Validity of BDBN - What Auditors needs to check - By Rebecca van Langenberg | Special Counsel Madgwicks Lawyers

6th Aug - Pension Documents: Auditor's prevention is better than any cure - By Scott Hay-Bartlem | Partner | Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers

20th Aug - To Be Advised - By Peter Bobbin - Managing Principal | Argyle Lawyers

3rd Sept  -In-House Assets - Audit of SMSF's that invest in Trusts - By Manoj Abichandani | Techinical Director

1st Oct -SMSF Residency Issues - By Chris Ketsakidis | Partner Corporate Advisory | Mills Oakley

12th Nov - SMSFs and Asset Protection - By Phil Broderick | Principal Sladen Legal

26th Nov -To Be Advised - By Mark Wilkinson | Partner Superannuation - BDO Private Wealth Advisers


SMSF Auditors Association of Australia membership is open to only ASIC approved SMSF Auditors, on today's date it has 217 financial members.

Membership of the Association is $10 + GST per month and is paid in advance to June each year. The benefits of being a member of the association are :

1) Real time Online Chat with focus members (more experienced) on complex audit issues relating to your current audit. The chat button is after you log in to the website and if no focus members are online, your question is emailed to them for their response.

2) Attend 20 free webinars per year by various SMSF industry experts. For attending each webinar you should be able to claim 1 CPD hour in SMSF Audit. To book for any session, simply log in and go to webinar page.

3) Express opinion online, on various submissions which the association makes to the ATO, ASIC and Treasury.

4) As an Association, we are here to help & support our members in case they feel threatened, by unreasonable ASIC disqualification or ATO exerting un-due pressure on the good work which most our members do.




CPD Requirement for SMSF Auditors

T    SIS Regulations 9A.04

For paragraph 128F(a) of the Act, the requirements in this regulation form the continuing professional development requirement.

The approved SMSF auditor must undertake at least 120 hours of continuing professional development every 3 years.

The development must: (a)  include 30 hours of development about superannuation at least 8 hours of which is development about auditing of self managed superannuation funds; and (b) : be development that could reasonably be expected to enhance an approved SMSF auditor's technical skills or professional service delivery.

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