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Entries now open for 2013 FPA Best Practice Awards

The Financial Planning Association (FPA) has opened submissions to the prestigious Best Practice Awards and the FPA Honorary Awards.

The FPA Code of Professional Practice holds members to a high standard of ethics, practice standards and professional conduct. The Best Practice Awards recognise financial planners who adhere to this Code and provide superior results for their clients.

Mark Rantall, CEO of the FPA, says that the awards are an opportunity for financial planners to be recognised for the difference they make not only in their clients’ lives, but within the industry and in the community as a whole.

“Financial planners often go above and beyond for their clients, and we regularly hear inspiring stories of planners who have really made a difference in the lives of their clients.

“These awards recognise that role by acknowledging planners who have not only complied with the Code of Professional Practice, but in so doing have offered a considerable contribution to the profession through community involvement, mentoring and support to their local FPA Chapter.”

The FPA Best Practice Awards have become a recognised and coveted symbol of trust and reassurance to Australian consumers looking for advice from a financial planner. Past winners of these awards, who will also serve as judges this year, have experienced benefits from both a personal and business perspective.

Mark O’Leary, winner of the 2012 Future2 Community Service Award:
“When there’s a lot of focus on dealing with the consequences of the GFC, reform, costs and increased competition, it can be easy for outsiders to forget that our work is first and foremost about assisting clients. The Cancer Council Pro Bono initiative we worked on gave us the opportunity to help clients in very difficult circumstances and provided our team of advisers plenty of examples of the importance of comprehensive planning. Being recognised by the FPA with this award was also helpful in highlighting the value we provide to our existing clients – it gave our firm greater credibility.”

Shane Lenehan, winner of the 2012 Financial Planner AFP® Best Practice Award:
“Being involved in the Financial Planner AFP® Best Practice Award 2012 was a fantastic experience. It has helped me articulate our advice process and how we add value to clients. Winning the award is recognition from our professional body that our business is on the right track, and the publicity generated for Silvan Ridge has been very well received.”

Michelle Tate-Lovery, winner of the 2012 Certified Financial Planner® Professional Best Practice Award:
“Not only was it personally gratifying to receive a Best Practice Award but it has also been a mark of excellence for our business, signalling to clients old and new that we provide a quality financial advice experience. Financial planning can be life changing for people, so it’s fantastic that the FPA recognizes the work planners to do help our clients through the Best Practice Awards. I would encourage planners to share their good work and success stories by submitting for the Awards.”

All members of the FPA are eligible to enter the awards, and can submit an application to three categories:

  1. FPA Certified Financial Planner® Professional Best Practice Award
  2. FPA Financial Planner AFP® Best Practice Award
  3. Future2 Community Service Best Practice Award

State winners and runners-up will be chosen in each award category. A national winner will then be selected in each category from the pool of state winners.

Nominations are also now open for the 2013 FPA Honorary Awards for Distinguished Service and Fellows. These awards honour the work of FPA members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty through:

  • working with their local community and charitable organisations
  • mentoring young planners and those new to the profession
  • working with their local FPA Chapter and FPA committees
  • selfless contribution to the profession

The deadline for submissions for all awards is 21st August and winners will be announced and profiled in September in the lead up to the inaugural 2013 FPA Professionals Congress on 16-17 October where they will be presented with their awards.

Winners receive free entry to the Professionals Congress and $5,000 towards either a client event or professional development.

Click here for more information and to enter.