AFA opens 2019 Awards Program


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SYDNEY: 1 May 2019 – The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) and its partners have much pleasure in calling for nominations for the AFA's five awards, including the AFA Adviser of the Year and the AFA Practice of the Year, supported by Zurich; the AFA Rising Star, supported by OnePath; the AFA Female Excellence in Advice, supported by TAL and the AFA Excellence in Education, supported by Asteron Life.

AFA CEO, Philip Kewin said the AFA awards champion excellence, diversity, innovation and education by:

·        recognising the innovative leaders in advice

·        acknowledging the visionary and innovative practices

·        rewarding outstanding female leaders in advice

·        applauding the brightest new talent in advice

·        commending those who are committed to pursuing higher professional standards by furthering their education

"We are looking for people within our profession who will be the foundation block of the stronger, more rigorous profession that we are all committed to building," Mr Kewin said. "Winners will be those people who demonstrate that they are setting an uncompromising standard of excellence that has earned them the trust and confidence of the community."

Kristine Brooks, Chief Distribution Officer, Zurich Life & Investments, said “Zurich is known for its longstanding commitment to life insurance advice and the professionals who provide it.  Championed by Zurich for 17 years, the AFA Adviser of the Year and the AFA Practice of the Year Awards recognise outstanding individuals and businesses in advice and celebrate qualities of leadership, innovation, customer-centricity and commitment to professional excellence. Our ongoing support of these awards celebrates and promotes best practice in financial advice and is one of the significant ways we help support a vibrant and respected advice profession.”

Commenting on the AFA and TAL Female Excellence in Advice Award, TAL General Manager, Retail Distribution, Niall McConville, said, “We are delighted to be long-term supporters of this Award since 2011. We believe the Award continues to be an important influence in generating awareness around the need for more diversity within the profession itself while also addressing the under-representation of women seeking financial advice. The calibre of entrants to the Award continues to rise, and we look forward to seeing the achievements and community impact of all the participants this year.”

Natalie Jarvis, Head of Strategic Accounts and Sales Strategy at OnePath said, "This is OnePath/ANZ’s 15th year of proudly partnering with the AFA to recognise emerging talent in the financial advice industry. In this time of unprecedented industry change it’s important that we continue to recognise talented professionals joining the industry and support them in their personal and professional development via the AFA Rising Star award."

Speaking about the AFA Excellence in Education Award, Daniel Waller, Head of Wealth and Life Intermediaries at Asteron Life said, "We’re passionate about education as a way to enhance advice quality and improve client outcomes as well as to build trust within our industry. It’s why we’re delighted to be supporting the AFA Excellence in Education Award. Now more than ever, the community, our industry and advisers are recognising the transformative power of education in advice. With a growing focus on better client outcomes and stronger professionalism, I think we’ll continue to see education being integral to enhancing our industry’s reputation and improving the quality of advice."

Nominations for all AFA awards are now open and can be made via the following links.

·        AFA Adviser of the Year and AFA Practice of the Year supported by Zurich

·        AFA Rising Star supported by OnePath

·        AFA Female Excellence in Advice supported by TAL

·        AFA Excellence in Education supported by Asteron Life


Winners will be announced on 29 August 2019, at the Gala Dinner held during the AFA National Adviser Conference in Adelaide.


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About the AFA

The Association of Financial Advisers Limited (AFA) has been the authentic voice on the value of financial advice for over 70 years. Today, the AFA is a vibrant, innovative association, where the underlying driver of policy is the belief that great advice transforms lives. To this end the AFA is striving to achieve the vision of Great Advice for More Australians. The AFA’s ongoing relevance as a professional association is derived from its success in engaging with the major stakeholders in financial advice including advisers, consumers, licensees, product and service providers, and the regulator and government. Culturally the AFA believes in the value of collaboration to create powerful outcomes and this drives how we achieve influence and work towards our vision.