FPA Congress could be biggest yet

The 2019 Financial Planning Association of Australia Congress is on track to be the biggest yet, with numbers of delegates registered surpassing last year's.

Dante De Gori, chief executive of the FPA, said registration numbers are tracking to beat the 1400 who attended the congress in 2018.

"Last year was the largest we'd had at 1400 and I think we will surpass that this year, which is fantastic," De Gori said.

"We're very grateful and appreciative that planners, our members and the profession as a whole are supporting this congress."

De Gori said that after looking at the numbers he believes the FPA Congress is the largest meeting of financial planning practitioners in Australia.

"It's because of the delegates deciding to come and all the other participants in the profession who support planners seeing the FPA Congress as the place to be," De Gori said.

"We already have 70 students registered as part of an initiative to engage the next generation of financial planners."

The FPA has a dedicated team to boost student engagement. Students can attend the congress at a special rate and there will be some student-specific events.

"For many of them this will be the first time attending an event like this. We're very excited. Our goal was to get 100 students to come along, we're at 70 now so we can still make that goal," De Gori explained.

"We're very proud of the way we engage the next generation in the industry."

De Gori said there are about 20 financial planners coming from overseas to attend the congress. International speakers include Phil Billingham and Janet Hugo.

Approximately 35% of delegates are female, a strong showing considering the gender breakdown within the profession.

"About 27% of our membership is female, but in terms of attending the congress 35% attending are female which is great."

De Gori said the FPA's Women in Wealth campaign was nationalised this year with the FPA joining forces with Financial Executive Women.

These initiatives, De Gori points out, could have assisted in boosting the number of female delegates interested in the congress.

The Women in Wealth Breakfast will be held on Thursday 28 November at 7.30am as part of the congress.

"One of our objectives is to grow the number of women considering financial planning as a career and the number of women in our membership ranks," De Gori said.

About 40% of the delegates registered will be attending the congress for the first time.

Financial Standard is the official media partner for the FPA Congress which runs from 27-29 November 2019.

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