The AFA has been advocating for and supporting advisers for over 75 years. In 2021 we can reflect with pride on what we have achieved as a profession and celebrate the enormous positive difference we have made to our clients and the Australian community!

We can also pause and reflect on the never-ending series of reforms that have materially increased the cost of advice and significantly reduced access for everyday Australians. This is driving advisers through business and personal transitions to providing advice in 2022 and beyond…and makes 2021 our year for transformation and evolution.

The AFA National Conference is an environment for financial advice professionals to collaborate, advocate, innovate and learn. The AFA National Conference is about leadership, inspiration, challenge and disruption. In 2021 the AFA conference is a hybrid event that will be nationally online and locally connected.

Our members far and wide across Australia can log on to experience the virtual sessions over 2 days, and those members who live in (or want to travel to the main capital cities), there will be face-to-face social events on the final day. Like so many of you, I miss the energy, camaraderie and unity of our in-person conferences, so the face-to-face social events are definitely something to look forward to! I want to see my AFA family, recognise past and current members for their contribution, and celebrate the legacy we have all created over the past 75 years.

I commend the AFA for championing positive change in the advice profession and championing innovation in the advice industry. I look forward to the speakers who will challenge us, inspire us, educate us, grow us, and support us. I hope you too are inspired by the conference program and will register now for this event!

Olivia Sarah-Le Lacheur
AFA National Conference Chair 2021, Adviser Advocate, Financially Advised Client, and AFA Foundation National Chair.

PS – if you want to register your staff or join other advisers for the virtual event from a single boardroom, I’m pleased to confirm that everyone will be credited with CPD points regardless of whether they participate via an individual log in or via another delegates log in. The conference team will explain how this will work if you want to spend the day with others while you join the event.


Donate to the AFA Foundation, who are supporting Food Bank and Lifeline for this year's conference.


Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, operating on a scale that makes it crucial to the work of the front line charities who are feeding vulnerable Australians. Foodbank provides more than 70% of the food rescued for food relief organisations nation-wide.