Financial Planning - The Self Managed Superannuation Option (SMSF)

More and more Australians are choosing to opt for self-managed super funds (SMSFs) in order to take charge of their retirement savings. Our Count Financial advisers (Advisers) can help you with your SMSF in the following areas.


we can help with...

  • Use of Fund assets
  • Structuring contributions
  • Managing pensions
  • Investment management
  • Rollovers

Please note that Count provides financial services through its Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL No. 227232). Your Count Financial Adviser ('Adviser') provides financial planning services to you as an Authorised Representative of Count.

What is a Self Managed Superannuation Fund?

A Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) is a financial retirement vehicle which enables members to decide on their investment strategies and control their assets.

The sole purpose of an SMSF is to provide superannuation benefits for its members (maximum of four) when they retire. For this reason, anyone related to an SMSF must not use its assets.

At the very least, an SMSF needs to have a Trust Deed, a Trustee Declaration, assets and registration through the Australian Business Register.

But more than this, your SMSF needs to be set correctly set up so as to be eligible for tax concessions, receive contributions and be easy to administer.

Only then can your SMSF be in a position to maximise the retirement benefits to their members.

Administration and maximising the benefits of an SMSF

If you have an SMSF, or are contemplating establishing one, there are likely to be a lot of questions you need answered and other issues for consideration. Some of those are:

  • Is an SMSF right for me?
  • What assets can the SMSF buy?
  • Can the SMSF borrow money to purchase assets?
  • What are the compliance issues for a SMSF?
  • How can I maximize the benefits of a SMSF?

The rules surrounding SMSFs are complex and it can be a difficult task to administer and maximise the benefits of having a SMSF.

For example, there are compulsory audit requirements and there are many compliance issues relating to fund investments, the structure of contributions that the fund receives and the payments that the fund can make. Also, it is often difficult to determine the best use of fund assets.

When members realise that managing an SMSF is a considerable responsibility, requiring meticulous attention to detail and an understanding of superannuation law and practice they often enlist the help of SMSF administrator firms.

Burford Partners Count Financial advisers can help members manage their funds properly. We routinely advise members on the most effective use of fund assets, how best to structure contributions and manage pensions, as well as helping with investment management and rollovers.

Our investment services include investment advice, transaction administration and research.

Next steps

If you need advice on whether you should establish a fund, the use of fund assets, the best way to structure contributions, and managing pensions, talk to one of our Advisers at Burford Partners.

They will organise a time to have an initial conversation with you about your Financial Planning requirements and your goals.



As a Count Financial member firm Burford Partners is part of the CountPlus network which is the largest network of accounting-led financial advice firms in Australia.

This purpose-designed network is made up of a group of professionally supported, experienced, accounting based financial planners who advise and protect the wealth of clients throughout Australia.

As part of our association with such a strong network, Burford Partners’ Count Financial advisers are kept up to date in the financial planning sphere, complying with regular audit and continuing education requirements and meeting strict legal and ethical criteria set down by the network.


Count provides financial services through its Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL No. 227232). Your Count Financial Adviser ('Adviser') provides financial planning services to you as an Authorised Representative of Count. 

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