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500 FINSIA members picked up an hour’s worth of CPD during their lunch break

by Lewis Panther SA FIN | 05 Feb 2019
A year of events and activities aimed at enhancing your career with mandatory Continuing Professional Development hours is being lined up for 2019. 500 Events and CPD for the year ahead - FINSIA InFinance
FINSIA’s calendar is already filling up with seminars, Town Halls, workshops, roadshows, networking events, webinars and award ceremonies as we continue on the path to restore customer trust by driving professional standards.
We kicked off the year at the beginning of February with our annual Economic Indicators event in Brisbane with HSBC’s chief economist Paul Bloxham hosting a panel discussion about the next 11 months’ financial snakes and ladders.
The lunchtime session was the first to reward attendees with the all-new CPD points system. 

Our first webinar of the year - which had some 500 viewers - added another hour of CPD. 
But members have ample opportunity to chalk up the 14 hours they need to get to fulfil their commitment to ongoing education and training as a financier.
Head of Events and CPD Rachael Corby A FIN said: “It’s going to be another incredibly busy and exciting year for FINSIA and our members.
“There are dozens of events in the pipeline with many high profile figures from Australian banking and financial services bringing a wealth of insight and market experience to those briefings and discussion sessions.
“As ever, we are teaming up with some of the most forward-thinking professionals in their field as well as regulators and academics from here and around the world. 

“Not only are we focussed on face to face events but also building our online portfolio. The aim is very much about keeping FINSIA and our members at the cutting edge of the industry.
“That’s why we have taken the decision to make CPD mandatory for FINSIA members.”
While the eyes of the world have been focused on the fallout from the Royal Commission and Kenneth Hayne’s recommendations, FINSIA is forging ahead with its long-held belief that striving for excellence through professionalism is the most Important driver towards workplace pride.
“While we can’t ignore the Royal Commission, there is a certain amount of belief here that it’s business as usual for FINSIA in 2019,” added Corby.
“We would still be hosting scores of events for the benefit of members. 
“The fact that banking and financial services has come under such close scrutiny over the past 12 months means that we not only need to achieve the best for consumers but also show that we are doing that. 
“Making CPD mandatory for members is certainly part of that process.”
She added that the benefit to members is the driving force behind all the events.
“We listened to what our members want. Our Regional Council’s and Young Finance Professional Committee’s inform and guide us on what events and activities they want in their respective markets.
“However, we want everyone to know they can take part in our CPD activities. Even when they are not local to them.
“We have a number of opportunities for members to get involved in our online events. The success of the webinar following the release of Kenneth Hayne’s final report is just the first of many this year.
FINSIA will continue to work together with corporate sponsors and other finance sector partners too.
In April, we are teaming up with the new Australian Financial Complaints Authority for a roadshow series on the themes of complaints from customers and how we can ensure a customer centric approach.
There will also be our Future of Finance Roadshow in May and our signature events later in the year, with The Summit scheduled for August and The Regulators returning to Sydney in November this year.
The new CPD requirement will allow members to not only have FINSIA activities automatically recorded but FINSIA will also accept appropriate external activities appropriate to their roles.


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