The AFA 2017 National Adviser Conference will be held from Wednesday 11 October through to Friday 13 October.

Early Bird Closes 30 June 2017

Welcome to AFA 2017 National Adviser Conference

As the AFA Conference Chair, I am delighted to launch the AFA 2017 National Adviser Conference. We are heading back to our spiritual home of the RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast on the 11 – 13 October 2017.

Planning is well underway for the 2017 National Adviser Conference. With Early Bird registrations now open, Members can save $200 by registering early. Get in quick to take advantage of this offer and click here to benefit from this huge saving.

Not a member? Multiple registration options are available which include both membership of the AFA for 12 months as well as your conference registration.

As an adviser, my first AFA was in Melbourne in 2006, I left that conference with a head full of ideas to better my advice and practice, but also importantly to me, I made a new network of friends to help me on my journey as an adviser. Every year the AFA Adviser Conference helps me to continue to grow my network and my capabilities as an adviser and practice owner.

In an environment where change is the constant we take pride in delivering a professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge to take your advice beyond the horizon and to belong to an association which nurtures practitioner-led learning and innovation.

I look forward to seeing you at the RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast for the AFA 2017 National Adviser Conference.

Kind regards,


Michael Nowak
AFA Vice President and
2017 Conference Chair

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AFA 2017 National Adviser Conference Venue

RACV Royal Pines Resort
Ross Street, Benowa  QLD 4217

Registration Fees

Early Bird Closes 30 June, 2017

Full Delegate $1,395.00
New Adviser Member $1,145.00
Adviser Support Staff $1,145.00
Full Delegate $1,795.00
New Association Member PLUS Conference* $1,795.00
New Practitioner Member PLUS Conference* $1,795.00
New Adviser Member PLUS Conference* $1,545.00
Support Staff $1,265.00

*This registration includes 12months of AFA Membership


Speaker Line-up

Chris Riddell
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Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell is Australia and Asia’s most sought after futurist, and award-winning industry recognized keynote speaker on digital. He is also a renowned media commentator and global emerging trend spotter for businesses and leaders in today’s highly disrupted world.

A global trailblazer, Chris has worked for some of the largest and most successful companies and brands in our modern world. Having lived and worked in countries such as the UK, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, China, New Zealand and lately Australia, his understanding of our new world is compelling and thought provoking to say the least.

Notably, Chris was the first ever Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for MARS Incorporated in Australia and New Zealand, architecting the corporate digital strategy behind brands including Whiskas, Pedigree, Wrigley, Starburst, Masterfoods, Snickers and Maltesers.

Chris is frequently called on as a futurist, speaker and expert commentator to give insights into consumer technology trends within traditional media.

As a regular on Sky News Business, The Project on Ten, Channel 7’s The Morning Show, The Daily Edition prime time shows, and ABC 774 Radio, Chris’s insights and expertise as a trend spotter extend far beyond the walls of the corporate world.

Chris is Australia’s futurist for the leaders of tomorrow and keynote speaker for businesses of today.

Zelda la Grange
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Zelda la Grange

Zelda la Grange was born in apartheid South Africa. After her secondary education, she completed a 3-year National Diploma. She started her career in 1992 at the Department of State Expenditure, and in 1994 applied for a job in the Office of the first democratic Presidency.

In 1999, President Mandela hand-picked her from his personal staff to remain in his services beyond retirement.

Together with Professor Jakes Gerwel, Zelda was the only other founding staff member of the post-Presidential Office of Mr Nelson Mandela from where the Nelson Mandela Foundation was established.  Zelda served President Mandela in various capacities over 19 years including Executive Personal Assistant, Spokesperson, Manager of Stakeholder relations, Aide-de-camp and Manager of his private office until his death on 5 December 2013.

Zelda has been awarded by a number of organisations for her dedication and service to the late Nelson Mandela. She currently serves as the Patron for the First for Women Foundation, non-executive Director of the non-profit organisation Healing Hands, and annually acts as a co-ordinator of Bikers for Mandela Day through which she pays tribute and disseminates the lessons learnt from her former boss in a charitable way. She is also a part-time employee of the Foundation for Professional Development where she presents leadership training.  Zelda continues to inspire people through her speaking by sharing her life experiences.

On June 19th 2014 she published her memoirs entitled “Good Morning, Mr Mandela”. It is a story of love and hope in which Zelda shares her life, and how serving Nelson Mandela for 19 years has had an impact on her life. She inspires through storytelling, and shares some of the most private and public moments during her time at the side of the international statesman.

In December 2014, her book was announced to be the ‘Best Seller of the Year’ in South Africa, and in 2015 in Brazil, with a population of over 200 million people, the book reached the top 10 best seller list.   The book has been translated into ten languages and is distributed in 15 countries, in addition to all the Commonwealth nations.

In February 2016 New York based Maven Pictures’ Trudie Styler, Celine Rattray and Jacqui Lewis obtained the rights of “Good Morning, Mr Mandela” for adaptation into film.

Amy Florian
Partnered with

Amy Florian

Amy Florian is the CEO of Corgenius, and she combines the best of neuroscience and psychology with a good dose of humor in training professionals to build strong relationships with clients through all the losses and transitions of life.

An acclaimed speaker and expert, she is author of over 100 articles and the books “No Longer Awkward: Communicating with Clients through the Toughest Times of Life” and “A Friend Indeed: Help Someone You Love When They Grieve.” She was recently honored with several awards for her ground-breaking work including:

  • The 20 Most Creative People in Insurance and Financial Services from LifeHealthPro
  • 2016 Influential Woman in Business from the National Association of Women Business Owners
  • 2017 Women of Influence from the Chicago Business Journal
  • 2017 Twenty-five Industry Influencers from Investment Advisor

Amy has a regular blog on Huffington Post and has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, MSN Money, Barron’s, On Wall Street, the Journal of Financial Planning, ThinkAdvisor, Investment News, Wealth Management, and many others.

Amy holds a Master’s Degree and is a Fellow in Thanatology (the highest level of certification in the field of grief studies).

She taught a graduate class at Loyola University of Chicago for almost 10 years, she has worked with over 2,000 grieving people, and she consults with firms, corporations, and individuals across the country and the globe.

Book Your Accommodation

RACV Royal Pines Resort

Mountain View Room: $200.00 per night
Superior Room: $230.00 per night
Superior Spa Suite: $290.00 per night

Breakfast: $24.00 per person if booked at time of reservation

RACV Royal Pines Resort is the perfect destination for experiencing the best of the Gold Coast. Surrounded by manicured gardens and a world-class golf course, the 100-hectare resort is perfectly positioned just a short distance from the white sandy beaches of Surfers Paradise and the lush beauty of the Gold Coast hinterland.  Whether for business or pleasure, the property boasts something for everyone. This iconic Gold Coast resort boasts the perfect environment business events, with several onsite dining choices, the award winning Videre Restaurant, a world class day spa, a brand new gymnasium, championship golf course, 14 multifunctional conference spaces, a collection of premium accommodation options, and a sophisticated Executive Lounge.

How to Book: 

Email or call RACV Royal Pines Resort on 07 5597 8700.

Further accommodation options will be available shortly.

Why AFA Conference?


Amanda Cassar

“I hadn’t attended the AFA Conference for a few years, but am so glad I went this year. The content and speaker line-up was fantastic and catching up with my colleagues in Canberra, a lot of fun. I’ll be back in 2017 for sure!”


Glen James

“Conference was great, as usual! This was the first year that I took my team. We all thought of two things we would like to implement into the practice after the conference and as there are only three of us, we implemented 6 things within the month after conference. That’s the power of conference!”


Peter Hodgson

“As a new comer to the AFA, the conference was an outstanding opportunity to collaborate with some of the best minds in our profession. I cannot recommend the event enough and I’ll certainly be back next year!”


Warren Strybosch

“Being a virgin AFA conference attendee, I was impressed with the conference and found it worthwhile attending. It was great to rub shoulders with others in the profession, to learn from those who are leaders in their fields and to simply make new friends. I am not sure about those ‘sharks’ on the first night though – lol.”