Farm Business Structuring and Rural Estate Planning - a live half-day online conference
Wednesday 8 May 2019 – live online:

Vic, NSW, Tas, ACT, Qld – 1.30pm to 5pm
SA/NT 1.00pm to 4.30pm
WA 11.30am to 3pm

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Dealing with client demands can make it difficult to find time to attend professional development events. We realise that not everyone can spare two days out of the office.  So we’re offering you a new way to access the experts online – a half-day online conference, focused on farm business structuring and rural estate planning.

You can put your staff in the boardroom and watch it there.  You can watch it on your computer or on your portable electronic device.  All for the same low price.

The conference will be based on our highly successful video webinar technology: there’ll be a chairperson, a panel of experts, presentations and discussion – and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions.

Session 1:  Business Structures for the Family Farm

To successfully manage and run the family farm a solid foundation needs to be established.  This foundation can be composed of various structures and strategies - each with their own risks and benefits. How primary producers can best position themselves is discussed in this session:

  • Structures available for the family farm - an overview

  • Managing business risk whilst maintaining traditional ownership structures:

    • separating land ownership from the farming business

    • use of family trusts, unit trusts and partnerships in faming ownership and business

  • New business models - advising clients who are looking to enter into share farming joint ventures

  • Advising on external sources of capital and investment

Session 2:  Handing Over the Keys to the Tractor: Key Legal Imperatives in Rural Succession Planning

An important key to the continuation of family farming is the smooth succession by subsequent generations. This session discusses the options available to pass on the farm and how to minimise family discord, including:

  • Transferring pre and post death - key considerations

  • Considering the different ownership options in the context of succession planning

  • What finance options are available - banks and internal family loans

  • Managing expectations amongst siblings and dealing with city versus farming kids

  • The use of family meetings and deed of family agreement to minimise disputes

  • Key hotspots to consider:

    • who occupies the homestead?

    • location of key infrastructure

    • managing the cash needs of off-farm children

    • future-proofing the farm wealth

  • Case Study: When things go wrong - Part IV applications or divorce

Session 3:  Restructuring Ownership of the Family Farm: Managing the Tax and Retirement Consequences

Providing advice about succession is an important part of any rural or regional practitioner’s role. When the farm or its assets are transferred to the next generation tax liabilities may be triggered. Primary producers have specific concessions available to them and this session will discuss some of the tax relief and Centrelink benefits available to farmers in the succession process:

  • Transferring the family farm pre or post death - understanding the tax consequences

  • Dismantling corporate or trust entities - extracting profits or share capital tax-effectively

  • Transferring plant, equipment and livestock tax effectively

  • Stamp duty exemptions on transfers of land used for primary production

  • Capital gains tax exemptions, rollovers and asset reductions that are available

  • Triggering a change in pre-CGT status - avoiding unwanted outcomes in the succession plan

  • Family trust operating the farm and excluding beneficiaries - will this trigger stamp duty or CGT liabilities?

  • Tax effective retirement funding for the farming parents

  • Centrelink considerations for the parents when determining the succession plan


Kevin Munro, Principal, Munro Lawyers, Sydney (Chair)

Russell Postle, Consultant, BDO Pty Ltd, Brisbane

Warwick Gilbertson, Partner, Turnbull Hill Lawyers, Sydney

Michelle Hartman, Tax Partner, Deloitte, Sydney

  • It was just like being at a well run conference but in many ways better. 
  • This option is of great assistance to country practitioners.
  • The live online conference format worked well and made the speakers more engaging than a recording.
  • Our team used the boardroom.  We could talk and discuss the presentation without feeling we were imposing on others and you could submit a question, which we did.  All from the comfort of our own office.
  • The conference was well organised and the email links very useful.

Delegates registered to attend the LIVE event will receive a CPD certificate for attendance.   Lawyers can claim up to 3 CPD units/points.  Accountants can claim up to 3 CPD/Training hours.


If you register and pay by 12 April 2019 you will pay only $495 – a saving of $55 off the full price conference registration fee of $550.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Event Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email:
Product Code: ORLMAY19
 Price:   $495.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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