A self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) is a trust structure, established through a trust deed. The trust deed and the super laws form the governing rules for the fund.
To be an SMSF the following basic conditions must be met (section 17A of the Superannuation Industry Supervision (SIS) Act):
The members of an SMSF therefore take on the role of trustee and participate actively in the operation of the fund.
The trustees of the fund are responsible and accountable for the fund’s management, investment decisions and general administration functions. Trustees can seek assistance from SMSF advice and service professionals, however the ultimate responsibility for all actions of the SMSF remains with the trustees.