A year of unprecedented change

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The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) officially launched the 2013 AFA National Conference (the AFA Conference) this week, themed The Age of Consumers.

AFA CEO Brad Fox said that during a year of unprecedented change for the profession, it is more important than ever for the advice community to attend the AFA Conference.

“Our aim this year is to help give all delegates [gain] a clear view of what best practice looks like going forward,” he said. “The AFA Conference brings the whole financial advice community together and is invaluable in encouraging delegates to share experiences and road test them with their peers and the industry’s experts in order to continue to meet the needs of consumers.”

Fox said the AFA has this year implemented a ‘first timers’ event specifically designed to help new delegates.

“The first timers event is a fully facilitated session which will help new delegates develop a network of contacts and receive tips for getting the most out of their conference experience right from the start,” he said. “Sharing the AFA community spirit and culture is vitally important to the AFA therefore the entire AFA board will attend the event.”

The AFA Conference will feature over 90 presenters who will deliver thought-provoking strategic advice sessions around investment, insurance, SMSFs and aged care as well as sessions on developing client service, emotional intelligence, communication skills and social media strategies. It will run from October 12 to October 15, on the Gold Coast.

The AFA Conference will also showcase the winners of five coveted advice awards: the AFA Rising Star of the Year Award; the AFA Excellence in Education Award; the AFA Female Excellence in Advice Award and the AFA Adviser of the Year Award. The AFA’s highest accolade, the AFA Michael Murphy Award, will also be presented in honour of the late Michael Murphy to recognise the ‘Best and Fairest’ adviser.

To register for the 2013 National Conference, visit the AFA Conference Website. Delegates registering before 31 July can save up to $200 off their registration.