SMSF Strategic Advisors

SMSF Strategic Advisors, established in October 2014 by respected, local financial planner Rita Zappulla, are an Authorised Representative of Synchron for financial planning services AFS Licence 243313.

Rita has over 14 years’ experience in the financial services industry, providing clients with professional advice on a range of business and personal financial issues. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce (1988), Rita spent the next decade developing her expertise in a variety of financial / accounting service disciplines, at several nationally recognised accounting firms.

In 2000 Rita began to specialise specifically in the financial planning sector, focusing on self-managed superannuation funds and superannuation advice, retirement planning, estate planning and succession planning.

This combination of experience, expertise and qualifications gives Rita a comprehensive understanding of business structures and the Australian tax and superannuation laws, allowing her to provide professional strategic advice, assisting clients to protect and manage their financial legacy and achieve their retirement goals.

Rita Zappulla

Rita is a Cairns local. Born here, she attended St Monica’s College before heading to Brisbane to complete her tertiary education at the University of Queensland. Family connections saw her return to Cairns, where she was employed with several leading accounting and financial planning firms, before deciding to start her own business.

Married to Brien Leibinger (Brien Leibinger Lawyers, who also specialise in Estate Planning, Inheritance Protection, Business Succession and more) Rita and Brien have two children and enjoy spending time with the family on weekends.

Rita Zappulla started SMSF Strategic Advisors in late 2014. Rita is excited to have her own business and looks forward to continuing to provide expert financial advice and services, to business and individual clients in her own capacity.

Rita Zappulla is a Certified Financial Planner, Registered Tax Agent and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.


For more information contact Rita at SMSF Strategic Advisors on phone (07) 4225 5428 or email

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