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The year has presented a challenge for the Victorian Chapter,
with a decline in numbers a re ection of the ever-changing
landscape in obtaining ongoing professional development.
It is an important reminder for members to re ect on the
purpose of Chapter events -- that is, to help you build as a
professional and provide an ability to network with your
industry peers. We are very fortunate to be able to attract
high-quality speakers at our Chapter events, which provide
attendees with an up close and personal opportunity to
engage with industry leaders on various SMSF topics. Much of
this hard work in organising topics and speakers is due to the
tireless e orts of the Chapter committee members, to which
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you and
acknowledge their excellent work and continued support.
It has been pleasing to see the ongoing support of the
Bendigo and Albury Sub-Chapters. A thank you to goes to
Stephen Blake (Bendigo) and Glenn Delaney (Albury) for the
great work they continue to put into these Sub-Chapters. In
addition, it has been pleasing to see the establishment of
a new Tasmanian Chapter, to be run by Damian Monahan,
a long-time committee member of the Victorian Chapter.
Several of the Victorian Chapter committee members were
actively involved in supporting Damian to create this new
Importantly, we are rede ning our purpose for the year
ahead. Our focus as a Chapter will be to foster engagement
with members, and highlight the bene ts of networking
through our chapter events. The sessions will be case-study
focused, using the expertise of the diverse specialists that
support our chapter events.
Thank you to those who have supported the Chapter
throughout 2013, and I look forward to seeing you at a
Chapter event in the near future.
SPAA Victoria State Chapter Chair
The second-oldest state in the Commonwealth has just set up
the newest SPAA State Chapter. In September, the Tasmanian
Chapter was established with ve committee members -- three
from Hobart and two from the northern part of the state -- and a
total of 32 members.
Having been actively involved in the Victorian State Chapter
for several years, I realised that there was a need to establish a
Tasmanian State Chapter when moving to Hobart early this year
to take up a new position.
What made my task so much easier was the fact that there
were quite a number of committed SPAA members in Tasmania
who were enthusiastic about establishing a local chapter.
Indeed, quite a few professionals in the island state have been
SPAA members, but have perhaps left because of the lack of a
local chapter. We are con dent of being able to entice some of
these former members back into the fold.
Also, when you consider that there are at least 300 nancial
advisers as a single group, as well as numerous other
professional rms that service the SMSF sector in areas such as
accounting, legal, and auditing, the new committee believes we
have a good pool of potential members.
Having professional and social activities that interest members
will be critical to our chapter 's success, and we have gotten o
to a ying start with a half-day technical road show in August,
when we were in the nal throes of being o cially recognised.
Since being established, we have conducted our inaugural event
under the Tasmanian State Chapter banner, with a breakfast
event in Launceston followed by an evening session in Hobart
on the same day, both of which were well attended.
We were privileged to be addressed at the Hobart and
Launceston events by Graeme Colley, SPAA's Director
Technical and Professional Standards, who provided us with
a detailed technical update of recent legislative and case law
Our last event for the year will take us to the north-west
coastal town of Ulverstone (in addition to Hobart), and for next
year we are planning four events spread over the calendar year.
SPAA Tasmania State Chapter Chair
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The Western Australia Chapter has run a number of regular
events throughout the 2013 year. Along with our usual
seminar-style presentations, we were also fortunate to include
a special boardroom round table with Stuart Forsyth, Assistant
Commissioner Superannuation, ATO. The ability for members
to engage directly with Stuart was certainly of tremendous
value. The Chapter events enable an intimate level of
engagement with guest speakers, and interaction with fellow
members and guests.
The speakers for 2013 have been of a high standard, and
have enabled us to provide a varied and quality program.
Guest speakers have donated their time, and we acknowledge
and thank them for their time and commitment in supporting
the SPAA Western Australia Chapter.
Shadforth Financial Group has continued to provide
their support by donating their training rooms for the
SPAA Western Australia Chapter events again in 2013. Their
generosity enables us to reduce our operating costs and o er
a quality, central location at which to hold our events. We
thank them for their ongoing support.
Due to increasing work commitments, committee member
Peter Nichol has sadly resigned from his position on the
Western Australia Chapter Committee. Peter was a valued
committee member whose dedication and commitment
was appreciated by all, particularly as these roles are purely
voluntary. His lively debates and contribution will be sadly
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the
committee members for their ongoing commitment,
dedication and assistance again this year.
SPAA Western Australia State Chapter Chair
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