Bitcoin SMSF Setup

A How To Guide.


Welcome to the world of financial self-empowerment, where you take the reins of your retirement savings. This guide is crafted to assist you in understanding the complexities of establishing a Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) and investing in self-custody Bitcoin. However, it is crucial to note that the information provided here is not financial advice. 

The content of this guide, including any assistance provided by The Bitcoin Adviser, is strictly limited to the practical processes and steps involved in setting up and managing an SMSF and Bitcoin investments. We do not offer financial advice. It is entirely up to you, the reader, to decide how to manage your superannuation funds. 

We strongly encourage you to seek professional advice from qualified financial advisers who are knowledgeable about SMSFs and Bitcoin before making any decisions. and The Bitcoin Adviser are not financial advisers and do not provide financial advice.

Understanding SMSF and Bitcoin Investment

An SMSF is a private superannuation fund managed by you, offering enhanced control over your retirement savings. Unlike traditional super funds, an SMSF provides the flexibility to tailor investment strategies to your unique retirement goals and financial situation.

Investing in Bitcoin within an SMSF framework is not just about purchasing digital currency; it involves a self-custody approach. This means you are responsible for the secure storage and management of your Bitcoin investments, which offers a higher level of security and autonomy. However, it also brings its own set of challenges and responsibilities. The Bitcoin Adviser can assist in managing these aspects effectively.

The Importance of Understanding the Process

Setting up and managing an SMSF, along with investing in and self-custodying Bitcoin, demands a solid understanding of legal requirements, tax implications, and security measures. This landscape can be intricate and complex, but with the appropriate knowledge and tools, it presents an opportunity for significant financial and personal growth.

Our Aim

This guide aims to provide a comprehensive overview of SMSF setup and Bitcoin investment. Whether you are new to SMSFs or a seasoned investor considering diversification into Bitcoin, our goal is to equip you with the necessary knowledge and confidence to manage your retirement savings securely and effectively. We invite you to embark on this exciting journey towards a future where you steer your financial destiny, keeping in mind the importance of professional financial advice for your unique circumstances.

Setting Up Your SMSF

When setting up and managing your Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF), especially with a focus on Bitcoin investment, we strongly recommend collaborating with The Bitcoin Adviser. This approach ensures that you are guided by experts in the field, providing security and efficiency in managing your SMSF.

The Benefits of Working with The Bitcoin Adviser:

Setting Up Your SMSF with eSuperfund:

We recommend using eSuperfund for setting up your SMSF. They provide a streamlined and efficient process, making it easier for you to start your investment journey.

Choosing an Exchange Account:

To handle your Bitcoin transactions, setting up an exchange account with Independent Reserve is advised. They offer a robust platform that complements the services provided by The Bitcoin Adviser, ensuring a cohesive Bitcoin purchasing experience.

By choosing to collaborate with The Bitcoin Adviser, you gain access to specialized knowledge and support, tailored to the unique needs of Bitcoin investments within an SMSF. This partnership is designed to give you peace of mind, knowing that your retirement savings are managed with the highest level of expertise and care.

Steps to Establish an SMSF with eSuperfund & The Bitcoin Adviser

1. Online Application Form:

   - Complete and submit eSuperfund's online application form at:

   - Timeframe: Submission takes about 5 minutes.

2. Preparation of SMSF Establishment Documentation:

   - eSuperfund prepares all necessary documents based on your online application.

   - Includes Trust Deed, Trustee Declarations, ATO applications for TFN and ABN, Sample Investment Strategy, and more.

   - Setup of a company/corporate trustee due to the following benefits, limited liability, ease of succession planning, simpler administration, clear separation of SMSF and personal assets, and flexibility in adding new members.

   - Timeframe: Receive a welcome email and guide to print and upload documents shortly after submission.

3. Signing and Uploading Documentation:

   - Sign required pages and upload them along with Trustee identification.

   - eSuperfund then registers the SMSF with the ATO and sets up bank account.

   - Timeframe: SMSF establishment takes about 4 weeks after document submission.

4. Establishment of SMSF Bank Account:

   - ANZ V2 Plus Account typically used for transactions; alternative banks can be chosen.

   - Timeframe: Account setup takes 1 to 2 weeks after ATO registration.

5. Confirmation of SMSF Establishment:

   - Receive a "Final Establishment Package" including all SMSF setup details.

   - Timeframe: Approximately 4 weeks from document return.

6. Establishment of Exchange Account to Purchase Bitcoin::

   - To handle your Bitcoin transactions, setting up an exchange account with Independent Reserve is advised. They offer a robust platform that complements the services provided by The Bitcoin Adviser, ensuring a cohesive Bitcoin purchasing experience.

   - Timeframe: Approximately a few days from application.

7. Rollover of Existing Super Benefit:

   - Process to transfer super from your existing managed fund to your new SMSF. It is worth considering moving your super to cash in your managed fund in advance of requesting the rollover out to speed up the process.

   - Timeframe: Transfer completed within 28 days of application.

8. Purchase a Bitcoin Hardware Key:

   - We recommend you purchase a Trezor device as part of your security setup, this is your hardware key and is required as part of the Bitcoin Adviser setup in the diagram below. You can purchase a key from the Bitcoin Adviser store at the button below, the Bitcoin Adviser will guide you through the setup of this device.

   - Timeframe: Shipping only takes a day or two.

9. Securing Your Bitcoin with The Bitcoin Adviser

Investing in Bitcoin, especially with superannuation, comes with unique security challenges. The nature of Bitcoin demands a robust and comprehensive security strategy. This includes understanding the risks associated with Bitcoin storage, potential cyber threats, and the importance of private key management. The key to successful Bitcoin investment lies in not just owning the assets but also ensuring their security against theft, loss, and other unforeseen circumstances.

The Bitcoin Adviser has established itself as a pioneering solution in the realm of Bitcoin, especially for people with SMSF's. The service is built around four fundamental questions that concern every Bitcoin investor:

These pillars - Security, Legacy, and Education - form the core of The Bitcoin Adviser's offerings, ensuring not just the protection of your assets but also the transfer of knowledge and preparation for future contingencies.

The Bitcoin Adviser offers a range of tailored services designed to provide peace of mind and a secure investment experience:

The Bitcoin Adviser stands out as a comprehensive service for individuals investing their superannuation funds into Bitcoin, tackling major concerns while offering unparalleled security, convenience, and education. It's an opportunity to join a community of satisfied clients who trust The Bitcoin Adviser for managing their Bitcoin investments securely and knowledgeably.

This is how the security setup looks for a typical person with both a personal stack of Bitcoin and a SMSF stack of Bitcoin when working with The Bitcoin Adviser. To learn more about collaborative custody and how this works visit the following article at The Bitcoin Adviser website.

10. SMSF Taxes and Fees

Managing a Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) involves various costs and tax considerations. It's crucial to understand these financial obligations to effectively budget and manage your SMSF. This section outlines the typical costs associated with setting up and maintaining an SMSF, focusing on the first-year expenses and ongoing costs.

First-Year Costs - Breakdown of Setup and Operational Costs:

Ongoing Costs - Annual Fees and Tax Considerations:

Understanding these costs and tax implications is essential for effective SMSF management. Proper planning and budgeting for these expenses ensure that your SMSF remains compliant and financially sustainable, allowing you to focus on achieving your retirement goals.


As we reach the conclusion of this guide, it's important to reflect on the key points covered and consider the exciting journey ahead in the realm of Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSFs) and Bitcoin investment.

Embarking on the journey of managing an SMSF and investing in Bitcoin is a step towards financial self-determination and diversification. This venture, while complex, can be immensely rewarding, offering both personal and financial growth. With the right tools, knowledge, and expert support, you can navigate this journey confidently.

We encourage you to take this step, armed with the insights and guidance provided in this guide, and the support of professionals like The Bitcoin Adviser. Your path towards a secure and prosperous financial future in the world of SMSFs and Bitcoin investment awaits. It's a journey that promises not just a deeper understanding of finance and investment but also an opportunity to align your retirement savings with your personal financial vision.

Example Performance, Australian Super vs Bitcoin from 2019/20 to now.


The above table shows the annual performance comparison between my former superfund (Australian Super) and bitcoin, for illustrative purposes we assume a starting balance of $50,000 in 2020.