things to be aware of before deciding

Know your responsibilities

You Must Not Use The Funds For Personal Use

You Must Not Use The Funds For Personal Use

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All trustees/directors of SMSFs are equally responsible for the running of the fund for the benefit of its members. You should understand your responsibilities before setting up your fund. You can learn more about SMSFs from the ATO website here. Also, please ensure that all members/directors can access their super, are eligible to run an SMSF and satisfy the residency rules

You Must Not Use The Funds For Personal Use

You Must Not Use The Funds For Personal Use

You Must Not Use The Funds For Personal Use

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You can not access your superannuation until you reach retirement age. Make sure you do not use use the funds for personal use. Not even for 1 day. Using your SMSF funds for personal use can get you a jail sentence, a fine and your assets frozen. Check out the ATO website to see when you can access your super. 

Keeping things separate

You Must Not Use The Funds For Personal Use

Keeping things separate

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All SMSF accounts and transactions must be kept totally separate from your personal accounts. So you need to set up dedicated SMSF accounts for banking, crypto exchange accounts etc. Mixing funds with personal accounts could end you up with a hefty fine from the government.  So make sure you check with us if you are unsure.

Check your insurances

No borrowing, leveraging or shorting allowed

Keeping things separate

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Retail super funds can often give better insurance deals than you can get with an SMSF because they buy 1000's of policies at a time. If you are on a good deal and want to keep it, you can keep a few thousand in your old fund to keep the policies active and rollover the rest. The rules are different with different funds so call your provider to find out more. 

No borrowing, leveraging or shorting allowed

No borrowing, leveraging or shorting allowed

No borrowing, leveraging or shorting allowed

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You cannot borrow, leverage or short any assets within the SMSF. No exceptions. Doing so could leave you with a government fine. You can borrow to purchase property in an SMSF if you set up a bare trust which we can offer for additional costs.

Approved providers and data feeds.

No borrowing, leveraging or shorting allowed

No borrowing, leveraging or shorting allowed

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You may only trade on our approved exchanges, Our approved crypto exchanges are CoinSpot and Independent Reserve. Our approved banks are ANZ, NAB and CBA. You are also required to provide "read only" access to SMSF accounts via API or data feed where available. This helps us complete work during the year and means less hassle for you at tax time.

100 Transactions per financial year within the fund

Privacy coins must be kept on the exchange at all times

Privacy coins must be kept on the exchange at all times

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Our $150 per month accounting fees cover the tax returns, audits and compliance on up to 100 transactions within the fund per financial year. This is more than enough for the vast majority of clients. Additional transactions will be charged at $4.40 per transaction.

Privacy coins must be kept on the exchange at all times

Privacy coins must be kept on the exchange at all times

Privacy coins must be kept on the exchange at all times

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You are permitted to purchase privacy coins on approved exchanges but they must be kept on the exchange at all times. You must not move privacy coins off the exchange at any time. This is because the auditors are unable to verify the location of the coins once off the exchange. Moving privacy coins off the exchange will attract a fine.

Buying gold and other precious items in your SMSF

Privacy coins must be kept on the exchange at all times

Buying gold and other precious items in your SMSF

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You can buy gold and other precious metals in your SMSF but you cannot keep them at home and it must be kept with a qualified and insured custodian. See our blog post about holding gold in your SMSF here.

Multiple members in the SMSF

Multiple members in the SMSF

Buying gold and other precious items in your SMSF

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You can have up to 4 immediate family members in your SMSF. While the setup costs are the same regardless of how many people are in the fund, funds with additional members are charged an extra $20 per month per additional member . Each member is equally responsible for the running of the fund. The SMSF runs as one entity so you cannot for example say "this is my gold and this is your bitcoin." Each member owns a proportion of the fund. 

Contributions are taxed

Multiple members in the SMSF

Contributions are taxed

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It is important to understand that the  contributions you and your employer make to your super are taxed. This is exactly the same as your normal retail superannuation fund but you do not notice this with a retail super fund because it gets taken out automatically. However for SMSF's, you get to control all the money throughout the year and the contributions tax (15%) is added to your tax bill at tax time.

The bottom line

Multiple members in the SMSF

Contributions are taxed

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It is important to understand that each person in the fund is acting as a member and a fund manager. You as the fund manager are responsible for investing the member's money for their retirement. It is against the law to borrow from the fund for personal use.

Set up Time frames

Why it might take longer than 2-3 weeks

The standard time it takes from completing the application until you own assets in your new SMSF is 2-3 weeks. This is true for most applications. However, hold ups can occur. 


The most common hold up is waiting for the ATO to approve the fund. The ATO approval is needed before you can open the bank account or apply for your rollover. If it takes longer than a week for the ATO to approve the fund you are likely getting an initial audit. This is where an ATO representative will double check the paperwork and want to ask you questions to make sure you understand your responsibilities in running an SMSF.  This will add a few weeks to your set up process as the members will need to book in a time to speak with the ATO rep. 


If your application for an SMSF is denied by the ATO we do not offer refunds as most costs go to ASIC, legal and administrative costs before ATO approval comes in. Because of this, if you fall into any of the categories below, you should seriously consider waiting to set up an SMSF until your circumstances change.


  •  not up to date with other tax obligations (as in 1 year or more overdue)
  •  unemployed
  •  on government benefits.
  •  a low income earner 
  • it does not make financial sense for you to have an SMSF.

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We are here to help.

While New Brighton Capital does not offer financial advise, we are here to help. If you are unsure on some of the ins and outs regarding an SMSF, why not book free consultation with one of our specialists who can answer your questions in plain english?