The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP included in distinguished line-up of speakers at 2017 AFA National Adviser Conference


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The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP included in distinguished line-up of speakers at


2017 AFA National Adviser Conference


SYDNEY: 28 June 2017 – A new round of plenary speakers has been announced for the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) National Adviser Conference, which is returning to the Gold Coast 11-13 October.


The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP will be presenting and AFA Conference Chair, Michael Nowak, said the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services will set out her vision for the financial advice profession and detail how the newly formed Financial Adviser Standards & Ethics Authority (FASEA) will reshape education and professional standards.


“Advisers have played a fundamental role in shaping a vibrant and healthy financial advice profession that delivers great outcomes for all Australians. The Government has set the framework for the future and what a true profession really looks like, so it is important that AFA members hear this vision and be engaged as we continue to play such an important role in the fabric of Australian society,” Mr Nowak said.


Also headlining this year’s conference is David Hawkins, Director of Risk Assessments, AUSTRAC who will present a session on cybercrime, along with Colonial First State Chief Risk Officer, Anvij Saxena.


According to a recent study by Telstra, cybercrime is on a worrying trend in Australia,  doubling in 2016 with more companies detecting security incidents within their organisations.


AUSTRAC was instrumental in the detection of significant levels of cyber-enabled fraud in its recent Money Laundering/Terrorism Financing Risk Assessment on Australia’s Financial Planning Sector.


“AUSTRAC assessed that cyber-enabled fraud has been growing in scale and sophistication, with financial advisers being targeted as they act as a gateway between customers and financial institutions,” Mr Nowak said.


“With these increasingly sophisticated methods being used, advice businesses and super providers need to work together to protect clients’ financial assets.”


Mr Hawkins and Mr Saxena will explore how advisers can protect their businesses from cybercrime and what they can do to help their clients stay safe online.


CEO of Corgenius, Amy Florian will also visit the conference from Chicago. Ms Florian’s practical, insightful, and inspirational training is crucial in helping advisers do the right thing for clients, retain business across generations, and attract new business. She will be delivering a presentation on helping and supporting clients through the grieving process. 

“Amy combines neuroscience and psychology with a good dose of humour to train professionals in building strong relationships with clients through all the losses and transitions of life. This presentation provides a unique opportunity for advisers to develop their skills in this integral area,” Mr Nowak said.


Mr Nowak reminded advisers that early bird registration closes this Friday 30 June.


“Advisers only have until the end of the week to register if they want to save $200 and get a tax deduction for this financial year,” he said. “The onsite RACV Royal Pines Resort  accommodation is already over 50% booked, so book now to secure your onsite accommodation.”


More details on the conference program and registration are available at




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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.