Professionals in the self-managed superannuation sector gathered in February on the Gold Coast for the industry’s premier event – the SMSF Association’s 2020 National Conference.
Held over three days at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, it was the first time the conference has been hosted in a non-capital city
SMSF Association chair Robin Bowerman kicked off proceedings with his address and introduction of the board, before announcing Andrew Hamilton as his successor following the end of the event.
This was followed by the Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology, Senator Jane Hume, whose speech addressed the importance of freedom of choice in the superannuation industry as well as the potential of fintech to transform the SMSF sector.
The conference attracted delegates from across the SMSF space – including financial advisers, accountants, auditors and lawyers – all looking forward to updates on the latest legislative and regulatory changes, complex strategies, business practice and advice.
Closing the event were Aussie explorers James Castrission and Justin Jones, well known for completing the longest unsupported polar expedition of all time; a return journey from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole and back without assistance.
Their experience provided a great example of determination and inspiration for delegates before they headed home to apply all the learnings from the previous three days.
“For anyone with a significant involvement or interest in all things SMSF, this was the hottest ticket in town,” said SMSF Adviser deputy editor Adrian Flores.
“Whether it be the wide range of sessions covering the latest legislative updates and technical strategies, or the grand networking functions attracting more than 1,500 of the industry’s best and brightest, there was something for all delegates throughout all three days of the SMSF extravaganza.”