In August 2012, the Australian Government made an amendment to the SIS Act in Regulation 4.09. ASIC has made it very clear that compliance with Reg 4.09 is a non—negotiable requirement for SMSF Trustees.
SUPERANNUATION INDUSTRY (SUPERVISION) REGULATIONS 1994 - REG 4.09
(2) The trustee of the entity must formulate, review regularly and give effect to an investment strategy that has regard to the whole of the circumstances of the entity including, but not limited to, the following:
(a) the risk involved in making, holding and realising, and the likely return from, the entity's investments, having regard to its objectives and expected cash flow requirements;
(b) the composition of the entity's investments as a whole, including the extent to which they are diverse or involve exposure of the entity to risks from inadequate diversification;
(c) the liquidity of the entity's investments, having regard to its expected cash flow requirements;
(d) the ability of the entity to discharge its existing and prospective liabilities;
(e) whether the trustees of the fund should hold a contract of insurance that provides insurance cover for one or more members of the fund.