Senior appointments strengthen AFA’s leadership team

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The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Candice Spence to the role of General Manager, Marketing and Cameron Burne to the role of General Manager, Partnerships, with both joining the AFA senior leadership team. Candice has more than 25 years’ experience as a marketing and communications executive in the

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AFA CEO Philip Kewin steps down

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Philip Kewin has stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA). As the AFA gears up for a new wave of policy advocacy and regulatory reform, and after four years at the helm, Mr Kewin decided the time was right to hand over the reins to a

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AFA appoints Dawn Thomas AFA Inspire National Chair

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The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) welcomes Dawn Thomas as the new National Chair of AFA Inspire. Ms Thomas is a senior financial adviser with Perth-based financial advice group, Wealthwise, and the AFA’s 2019 Female Excellence in Advice award winner. “The 2018 AFA Inspire roadshow was the very first space I discovered in financial advice, where women

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AFA announces Life Company of the Year Award winners

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TAL is the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) 2020 Life Company of the Year. It is the fourth time TAL has taken out the award in recent years. Runners up for the Life Company of the Year title were: AIA Australia MLC Life Insurance NEOS AFA President Michael Nowak said, “We congratulate TAL on being

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AFA statement on annual renewal

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The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) does not believe that annual renewal is necessary, although we are very conscious of the Government’s determination to implement the Royal Commission recommendations and the lack of any other push back within the Parliament. Annual renewal represents another significant addition to the costs of financial advice which will ultimately

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2021 AFA Foundation Grants Program now open

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The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) has announced that the 2021 AFA Foundation Grants Program (the Program) is now open. The Program invites AFA members to nominate a local charity, which may not otherwise obtain funding, to receive a grant. “We encourage our members to nominate a charity in their local community and have an

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AFA responds to Single Disciplinary Body and exit of FASEA 

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The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) acknowledges the announcement by Government yesterday on strengthening and streamlining oversight of the financial advice sector. Significantly, the Government announced the winding up of FASEA and the expansion of the role of the Financial Services and Credit Panel (FSCP) within the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) to create

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AFA challenges FASEA Code of Ethics Guide

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On Monday 2 November 2020, the AFA made a submission to FASEA in response to their latest Code of Ethics Guidance. This Guide follows earlier documents released in October 2019 and December 2019, and is intended to provide additional information on the intent of each standard and how to apply the standard. In our submission, we have continued

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AFA announces new Executive, Board members

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The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) has announced a new AFA Board Executive, including Michael Nowak as AFA President; Sam Perera, Vice President, and Matthew Hawkins, Treasurer at its virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) this week. Mr Nowak has been a member of the AFA Board for eight years and is the immediate past Vice

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AFA announces On-Demand program and Masterclasses for VISION Conference

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The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) has announced the On-Demand program and Masterclasses for the AFA VISION Conference. The On-Demand program includes sessions on how to run a best practice business, including sourcing smart technology for maximum efficiency. Other sessions will take deep dives into FASEA standards, consumer trends, ethical investing, estate planning, outsourcing, TPB obligations

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