The Self-managed Independent Superannuation Funds Association (SISFA) will officially launch new membership category levels and their benefits this month, as it puts a greater focus on trustee needs and services.
In May, SISFA and the SMSF Owners’ Alliance merged to form one body to act on behalf of Australians with SMSFs. It continues to operate under the name SISFA.
“The integration with the SMSF Owners’ Alliance is continuing and that will come to a conclusion at the annual general meeting of both parties on 10 October, the day after our annual forum,” SISFA managing director Mike Goodall told selfmanagedsuper.
“One of the very visible outward signs of this is a completely brand new website that’s up and running. While we’re still testing various bits and pieces, it’s got our new categories of membership and the new membership options for trustee funds of one to four members, which will become part of our offer.
“We’ve quietly put that there for some testing and we’ll be formally announcing these new membership categories and the benefits associated with those categories after 9 October.”
He explained that the body took the best aspects of the SMSF Owners’ Alliance model and merged it with SISFA.
Going forward, Goodall revealed one of SISFA’s aims will be having a greater focus on the needs of trustees.
“We’ve traditionally been focused on practitioners – our forum is quite technical and aimed at practitioners,” he said.
“In the future, we’ll balance that more with the needs of trustees, especially mum and dad trustees who are looking to us to help them with government lobbying and looking after their needs with the regulators, as well as starting to provide additional services.
“That’s what we’ve been spending our time on as we bring the two bodies together now.”
The upcoming SISFA SMSF Forum will be held on 9 October in Melbourne. More information can be found here.