Your ongoing obligations as an SMSF auditor

As an approved SMSF auditor, you must comply with ongoing statutory obligations and any conditions of your registration.

Your obligations

You must:

  • keep your details up-to-date with us
  • lodge your annual statement with us
  • complete the prescribed ongoing professional development
  • hold the prescribed professional indemnity insurance.

You must also comply with:

  • any conditions imposed on your registration
  • the auditor independence requirements set out in APES 110 Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants produced by the Accounting Professional & Ethical Standards Board Limited
  • the applicable auditing, or auditing and assurance, standards issued by the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB)
  • the SMSF auditor competency standards issued by ASIC in Class Order [CO 12/1687] Competency standards for approved SMSF auditors.

For more information, see Regulatory Guide 243 Registration of self-managed superannuation fund auditors (RG 243).

Monitoring and enforcement

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) monitors SMSF auditor compliance. Refer SMSF auditors (

We will investigate any compliance matters the ATO refers to us. If we determine that the SMSF auditor has been non-compliant, we may:

  • impose or vary conditions on the SMSF auditor's registration
  • accept an enforceable undertaking
  • cancel the SMSF auditor's registration, or
  • disqualify or suspend the auditor from being an approved SMSF auditor.

Related information

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What's new

New online service for SMSF auditors

ASIC Regulatory Portal - Start, resume or check the progress of an application for registration

Regulatory Guide 243: Registration of self-managed superannuation fund auditors (RG 243)

Checklist - application for registration as an approved SMSF auditor


Last updated: 20/10/2014 12:00