To learn more about running a self-managed super fund (SMSF) it is a great idea to visit the free online SMSF Trustee education tool – the “Self Managed Superannuation Fund Trustee Education Program”. The program, which was developed jointly by Australian accounting bodies (including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia), can be downloaded from
Although SMSF trustee education is not mandated by the government, it is advisable for new Trustees to improve their financial knowledge before establishing an SMSF. Trustees who have recently joined an existing SMSF will also benefit from the program.
The online SMSF Trustee Education Program takes between one and two hours to complete. Over seven modules, trustees will learn key rules about investments, contributions, benefit payments and administration. Topics covered in the program are as follows:
- Your responsibilities
- Your decisions
- Investment restrictions
- Accepting contributions
- Paying benefits
- Your administration
Objective of the SMSF Trustee Education Program
The aim of the program is to educate SMSF members in their responsibilities as Trustees. The program has been designed around the SMSF Trustee Declaration, which all new Trustees have to sign. After completing the program, trustees should be able to sign the SMSF Trustee Declaration form, confident that they have the competencies expected of them as Trustees.
After completing the program, SMSF trustees will be able to understand:
- their roles and responsibilities as SMSF trustee
- the investment restrictions imposed on an SMSF trustee
- contribution rules
- benefit payment rules
- SMSF administration.
For more info regarding the types of Trustee within an SMSF, please see here.