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What's Next?

Join us to find out what is next for our industry, your business and the year ahead.

This is your chance to share, learn and connect with your industry peers while hearing from a tailored panel of keynote speakers and workshop strategists who are experts in a range of specialised fields chosen to help you drive efficiency, profitability and great customer outcomes.

AFG Next is all about evolving, excelling and preparing your business to deliver experiences that enhance your competitive advantage in the context of a continually changing market that is increasingly challenged by new digital entrants.

It’s time to start building for what’s next, register today!

WHERE

Grand Hyatt
123 Collins Street
Melbourne

WHEN

28 - 30 OCT 2019

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Evolve

The last few years has seen our industry under the spotlight, the expectations of customers change and technology transform how all businesses operate. No matter your business, or personal or future plans your time at AFG Next will educate and inspire you to disrupt, develop and expand your mindset.

Excel

Turn your wish list into a to-do list and then into a list of achievements. After a few days of learning at AFG Next you will walk away with practical and actionable ideas that will not only equip you and your staff to face any business challenges for the coming years but allow you to take your business to the next level.

Experience

As customer experience takes centre stage in modern business, brokers are more than ever using data, analytics and industry knowledge to help understand customers and their behaviours. Your time at AFG Next will allow you to develop the skills to create a powerful customer experience strategy, leading to a more personalised offering for your new and existing customers.

Evolve

Change the game.
Your business is changing with or without you. It’s time to evolve, grow, innovate and compete. We’ll be bringing you the latest in trends, strategy and practical tools that you need to navigate continual business change.

Excel

Become your best.
Turn your wish list into a list of achievements. Walk away from AFG Next with practical and actionable ideas that will not only equip you and your staff to face any business challenges for the coming year, but allow you to take your business to the next level.

Experience

Prepare for the future.
What do customers expect now and into the future? And how do you prepare your business to meet this demand? We’ll take you through the latest methodologies and strategies to create an industry leading experience roadmap to prepare your business for the experience economy.

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Program

The two-night conference starts on the afternoon of Monday, 28 October and finishes with the closing dinner on the evening of Tuesday, 29 October. You will need to be in Melbourne at the Grand Hyatt between 12 – 2pm on Monday for the conference welcome lunch and registration. The conference session commences at 2pm.

A more detailed conference session agenda will be available within the conference app, but you can visit the speaker lineup and breakout streams section of this site now for fuller detail on the agenda content. Below is a general overview of the program.

Day 1
2019-10-28
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Day 2
2019-10-29
The Timber Yard
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Day 3
2019-10-30
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
The Timber Yard
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
12:00 - 14:00
Conference registration and welcome lunch

All attendees must wear their conference name lanyard to gain entry to the daytime conference sessions (main sessions and breakout streams) and both evening functions. The lanyard will be provided during conference registration on day one.

 

For our WA delegates, Qantas flight QF480 or Virgin VA676 on Monday, 28 October will get you into Melbourne in time to reach the Grand Hyatt to register and grab a quick lunch, before moving into the opening conference session.

 

Dress code: smart casual

14:00 - 17:00
Opening conference session

Today’s speakers

  • David Bailey, CEO, AFG
  • Hon Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer of Australia
  • Chris Slater, Head of Sales & Distribution, AFG
  • Holden Lai, Head of IT Strategy & Architecture, AFG
  • Matthew Faries, Chief Information Officer, AFG
  • Gus Balbontin, Investor, Founder, Advisor and former Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet
17:00 - 18:30
Welcome drinks

Directly following the opening conference session at the Grand Hyatt, join us for a stand-up canape and drinks reception.

 

From 6.30pm you are at leisure on this evening.

 

Dress code: smart casual

08:45 - 16:00
Conference session, including breakout streams

All attendees must wear their conference name lanyard to gain entry to the daytime conference session (main sessions and breakout streams) and to this evenings function.  The lanyard will be provided during conference registration.

 

Today’s speakers

  • David Gazard, Director, DPG Advisory Solutions
  • Craig James, Chief Economist, CommSec
  • Broker Panel, moderated by Annie Kane, Editor The Adviser. Panellists: Bridget MacGregor of Vision Money (NT & Qld), Dom Cassisi of Funding Options (SA), Leah Busby of Blackfish Finance (SA) and Nathan Smith of Birdie Wealth (NSW)
  • Craig Griffin, Executive Director Head of Marketing and Growth, Macquarie
  • Dr Craig Challen OAM and Dr Richard Harris OAM, Thai rescue divers and Co-Australians of the Year 2019

 

Breakout streams:

  • A path to growth – real world insights to drive growth in your business
  • Compliance – the DNA that protects your business
  • New income and your commercial edge
  • Networking session – share & learn
  • Business Productivity

 

Dress code: smart casual

17:30
Transfers from hotel to the closing dinner
18:00 - 22:00
Closing dinner

This evening, you will enjoy a formal, seated dinner with your industry peers, with after dinner dancing.

 

Dress code: cocktail (i.e. pants and shirt suitable for gentleman)

11:00
Official hotel checkout time

Depart on own travel arrangements.

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Meet our speakers

In addition to sessions full of impressive speakers and keynotes, delegates also have the chance to choose up to three (from an available five) individual breakout sessions that will best benefit you and your business. Find more information on the streams below.

The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP
Treasurer of Australia
Craig Challen and Richard Harris
Thai Rescue Divers and co-Australians of the Year 2019
David Bailey
Chief Executive Officer, AFG
Gus Balbontin
Investor, Founder, Advisor and former Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet
Annie Kane
Editor, The Adviser
Holden Lai
Head of IT Strategy & Architecture, AFG
Matthew Faries
Chief Information Officer, AFG
David Gazard
Director of DPG Advisory Solutions
Craig Griffin
Head of Marketing and Sales, Macquarie
Shirley Elliot
National Compliance Manager, AFG
Tony Bird
Head of Risk, AFG
Jason Back
Founder and Director, Broker Essentials
Richele Janjatovic
Richele Janjatovic, Commercial Business Development Manager, AFG
Chris Slater
Head of Sales and Distribution, AFG
John Sanger
Chief Operations Officer, AFG
Ben Kingsley
Founder and MD of Empower Wealth
Craig James
Chief Economist, CommSec

Breakout streams

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A path to growth – real world insights to drive growth in your business

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Compliance – the DNA that protects your business

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New income and your commercial edge

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Networking session – share and learn

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Business productivity – building the correct blueprint

The conference app – get it now!

Download the conference app to enhance the way you experience AFG Next.

The app is the essential tool to keep you informed on every aspect of the conference. It contains your personalised itinerary, the full conference program (including speaker and breakout session info), the delegate listing, an ability to connect with fellow delegates, real time updates and lots more.

All registered delegates have now been supplied with their unique password for the app by our conference organisers TRIBE. Check your pre-departure email to locate your personalised app password. If you have any questions about the app, please click here to email TRIBE.

 

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