The SMSF Association (SMSFA) has confirmed its national conference for 2022 has been pushed back to late April due to the current rise in COVID-19 cases across Australia resulting from the Omicron variant of the virus.
In an email sent to conference delegates, SMSFA chief executive John Maroney said the industry body had been monitoring coronavirus-related developments as they relate to the safe operation of the conference but also the safe travel of all attendees to and from Adelaide, where the conference will be held.
“With most states and territories including South Australia currently in the midst of escalating COVID-19 cases, we have decided to postpone our 2022 National Conference until April, [from] Wednesday 20 April to Friday 22 April 2022, immediately after the Easter break,” Maroney said.
“We know most of our Conference delegates are eager to return to face-to-face events and we are committed to presenting a National Conference of the highest calibre.
“Once the current wave of Omicron infections has passed, we expect that by April we will be able to gather together, in a controlled and safe manner, to enjoy this premium SMSF sector Conference.”
According to Maroney the decision to host the event in April instead of February was not an easy one to make but was done so with the health and wellbeing of all conference attendees in mind.
The email noted that conference registrations would be automatically transferred to the new April dates and registered delegates will receive an updated booking confirmation via email around the end of this month.
Further the SMSF Association confirmed any accommodation booked via the conference office through the registration form has been cancelled without penalty. It added delegates will be contacted by the conference organiser Waldron Smith Management with regard to rebooking accommodation for the event in April.