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Build your expertise, the foundation level of AIST’s Trustee Director Course provides directors and fund executives in superannuation with a comprehensive overview and understanding of the trustee director role.
Key outcomes include learning how a trustee director abides by their legal obligations; how a superannuation board works; how to analyse board reports and how to make valuable contributions at board meetings.
Facilitated by AIST and industry experts, this program will be delivered using a combination of interactive case studies and practical, real life learning experiences.
Usually a five-day program, in coming months, Build your Expertise will be delivered via a digital classroom, and consistent of ten half-day classes spread over four weeks.
Trustee directors, corporate directors, fund executives and aspiring directors.
Covers the history and role of Australia’s superannuation system in the context of the economic and political landscape and the significance of past, present and future superannuation policies. Key topics include:
Outlines the superannuation regulatory landscape and the legal obligations required of trustee directors, including the enhanced obligations resulting from the Stronger Super reforms. Learn about the key differences between trustee director and company director duties and why being a trustee director carries with it a much higher duty of care. Key topics include:
Outlines the operations of a super fund from member services through to the role of service providers. Gain an overview of operational risks with a special focus on financial advice services and the level of advice that can be provided by the fund. Key topics include:
Examines the role and responsibilities of the trustee director in understanding, monitoring and managing risks to ensure improved performance. Learn about the three lines of defence in mitigating risk, the components of a compliance framework, the international risk standard and the systems used to monitor risks. Key topics include:
Provides the tools for trustee directors to interpret and monitor management reports and superannuation-specific financial statements. Targeted activities will help participants perform this core trustee director duty. Key topics include:
Provides an overview of investment principles and explains the how the governance framework guides the investment decisions made at board level. Participants will learn how to evaluate investment risk and also gain an understanding of the common asset classes used by funds. Key topics include:
Discusses the role and operations of the board as a whole as opposed to individual trustee directors and examines the best practices of effective boards. Gain knowledge of board procedures, the role of board committees, the governance framework, how boards reach decisions and how to manage conflicts of interest. Key topics include:
This ‘capstone’ module includes mock board meetings led by a current or past Chair of an AIST fund member; a current or former fund CEO will also play a role. Participants will be challenged to contribute to the board meetings which will require decision-making under pressure in the context of a fictional scenario which plays out over a four month period. Participants will input into governance decisions about:
This course is also available to in-house groups. If you wish to conduct an in-house digital session please contact AIST Education to arrange a suitable time on (03) 8677 3800 or email@example.com
Trustee Director, NGS Super
The structure was clear, logical and particularly relevant to the responsibilities inherent in the role of trustee directors. I have a renewed level of confidence in my ability to contribute effectively to the work of the Board
Tax Manager, Group Tax, AustralianSuper
The practical trustee boardroom skills and superannuation knowledge is enriched with the interactive discussions and valuable insights shared by all of the facilitators and participants.