2019 AFIA Conference
2019 AFIA Conference
The Keynote Event for the Australian Finance Industry.

It Starts with Us.


Restoring Trust, Rebuilding Confidence & Redefining Culture

Each year, the AFIA Conference brings together senior practitioners, thought leaders and experts from across the Australian finance industry to explore the key drivers transforming the sector including the latest regulatory and market developments, emerging legislation and new technologies.

At the 2019 AFIA Conference, 20 November at Sydney’s Luna Park, discussions will explore how the industry can restore trust, rebuild confidence and redefine culture after a challenging period of significant change. Sessions will focus on:

  • Government priorities

  • the growing importance of culture – how organisations can influence and adopt the necessary change

  • the economic outlook ahead of 2019

  •  plans for small business from the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO)

  • the future of payments - how millennials are driving interactions and demanding engagement in a way never
    seen before

  • regulatory developments from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

  • the nature of a crisis and how to recover

  • emerging fintech innovations and risk management solutions

  • the state of cybersecurity in financial services.

Attracting key speakers, leading industry experts and politicians to share insights and drive innovation,
this one-day event is not to be missed.


Why Attend?


When key representatives from across the sector, influential government, regulators and industry experts come
together in one room for a day of connectivity and informed discussion, you know it’s a must-attend event.
Here are a few tips on how to justify your attendance to the 2019 AFIA Conference:


In-depth Industry Education – gain expert insights into compliance updates, best practices and new innovations. participate in one of our targeted breakout sessions, facilitated by credible industry leaders
and gain learnings and strategies to take back to your organisation


Build Your Industry Networks – engage with 300+ industry professionals from across the Australian finance industry. Gain high-level exposure to the industry, establish relationships with potential partners and build
your customer networks.


Associate Member Showcase – gain an understanding on who the new and leading industry suppliers are and what
services / products they are delivering to the market with our exhibitor showcase.


Accreditation – attend the conference and walk away with continuous professional development (CPD) points



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The Hon. Michael McCormack MP

Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

On 26 February 2018 Michael was elected the 14th Leader of The Nationals and was sworn in as Australia's 18th Deputy Prime Minister as well as the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. Prior to this, and following a Cabinet reshuffle in February 2016, Mr McCormack became the Assistant Minister for Defence. This preceded his appointment after the 2016 Federal Election Michael as the Federal Small Business Minister with ministerial responsibility for the nation's 3.2 million small businesses. The Deputy Prime Minister will provide the Opening Address at this year’s conference with focus on the Australian economy and its future drivers for growth – highlighting the Government’s priorities, opportunities for customers / access to finance and the commonwealth impacts for the finance industry.

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The Hon. Dominic Perrottet, MP

NSW Treasurer

Mr Perrottet was appointed Treasurer and Deputy Leader of the NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party as part of the Berejiklian Government in January 2017. He has been the State Member for Hawkesbury since 2015, and was previously Member for Castle Hill in 2011. Before becoming Treasurer, Mr Perrottet served as the Minister for Finance, Services and Property in the Baird Government.


Michael Smith

Chairman of 7-Eleven, Starbucks & Pioneer Credit

Michael’s contributions at the board level are considerable. He is the current Chair of 7-Eleven Stores, Starbucks Australia, and Pioneer Credit, and Principal at Black House. As keynote, Michael will provide insight into his experience as Chairman of 7-Eleven where he observed the company restore its sector-leading status, share growth and profitability after a highly visible crisis.



Adam Spencer

Master of Ceremonies

Adam was completing a PhD in Pure Mathematics when he happened to win the national Triple J Raw Comedy championship in 1996. From there, a television and radio career beckoned, and Adam completed 15 years as one of Australia’s most respected, wittiest and thought-provoking breakfast radio commentators across Triple J and later
ABC 702.

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Paul Bloxham

Chief Economist, HSBC

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Graeme Samuel AC

Former Chairman

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)

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Kate Carnell

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO)

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Guy Herbert

Risk Futurist, Atlassian

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Dr June Smith

Deputy Chief Ombudsman
Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA)

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Christian Groves

Senior Manager, Credit, Retail Banking & Payments Australian Securities & Investments Commission


Rachel Kelly

Head of Sales AU & NZ
Afterpay Touch

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Oscar Chavez

FSI Director, Financial Crime & Fraud
BAE Systems

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Katja Forbes

Managing Director & Executive Board Member


Tommy Mermelshtayn

Chief Strategy Officer,

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Ruth Hatherley

CEO, Founder & Chairman Moneycatcha

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Simon Costello

CEO & Co-Founder
Frankie Financial

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Rebecca James

CEO, FlexiGroup

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David Owen

Partner - Cyber Risk Advisory, Deloitte 

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Katherine McConnell

Founder & CEO,


Simon Bligh

CEO, illion


Gina McNamara

Chief Financial Officer


Moses Samaha

Executive General Manager, Customer & Solutions

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Carmel Speer

Head of Organisational Capability, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank

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James Gordon

Principal – OW Digital, Oliver Wyman


“There is something
for everyone -
& industry technicians
of the finance sector”.



Formerly the Australian Finance Conference, the Australian Finance Industry Association [AFIA] was established in 1958 for the purpose of representing its members in the finance industry. In 2017 we amalgamated with our affiliated organisations AELA, DIFA and AFLA to unite as one association.

AFIA is the voice of a diverse Australian finance sector. We have over 130 Full and Associate Members operating nationally as financiers in the consumer and commercial markets.

We deliver our key strategic objectives of representation, insights and connectivity to drive a fair, sustainable and competitive market. Together, we can influence change that has a positive impact on our industry and enable your customers to access the finance they need.

We represent all segments, products and distribution channels across our sector, exponentially enhancing AFIA’s influence and ability to grow, support and promote the finance industry.

Through established credibility and a long-standing presence within the industry, we offer members an opportunity to connect and engage with reputable businesses, regulators and government officials in the finance sector.

We differentiate from other associations through drawing operational insights from our members to inform our representation and propose practical solutions. This is done through professional development opportunities, data reports on the state of the sector, research into emerging legislative and regulatory reform areas, and compliance and risk management guidance.