Award Categories

This category recognises CFP® professionals who have delivered best practice advice that has led to superior client outcomes. Awards in this category will recognise worthy CFP® professionals who have demonstrated the highest professional standards embodied by an FPA member.

Application Process

Entry requirements

  • You hold CFP® practitioner status
  • You provide face-to-face advice on a daily basis to clients
  • You have a clear compliance record.

What the judges are looking for

  • Lives the 'client first' principle
  • Examples of how you have made a meaningful and positive difference in the lives of your clients.

Entry process

  • Part 1: Written Submission to be submitted through the FPA Awards online portal - a judging panel will review the applications and select finalists
  • Part 2: Finalists to present to the judging panel.*

    *An audit may also be required to take place at the finalist's place of work as part of the finalist review process.

Written Submission requirements

The Written Submission must answer the questions below.

  • Q1. Provide details of how you have made a meaningful and positive difference in the lives of three different new or ongoing clients (max 750 words)
  • Q2. Provide details of how you have contributed to the profession over and above your direct financial planning advice (max 500 words).

Required supporting documents

  • Provide one comprehensive Statement of Advice (SOA) which supports your best work in relation to supporting Question 1. Please delete/change client names and details to protect client anonymity. Please be aware that additional SOA's may be requested at a later stage. SOA to have been completed in 2018 or 2019.
  • Additional documents such as PDF's, Appendices, Powerpoint presentations, and/or strategy papers which support your application may be uploaded here. Please ensure appendix is separated from the body of the SOA. Working papers can be included.

Finalists' presentation

The presentation will be conducted during the week commencing 14 October.

The judges will choose one client from the three submitted SOA's on which the finalist will present.


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This category recognises Financial Planner AFP® members who have delivered best practice advice that has led to superior client outcomes. Awards in this category are intended to encourage and recognise the achievements of AFP® professionals who reflect a commitment to excellence by demonstrating higher standards and a commitment to professional development, including a clear path to achieving CFP® certification.

Application Process

Entry requirements

  • You hold AFP® practitioner status
  • You provide face-to-face advice on a daily basis to clients
  • You have a clear compliance record.

What the judges are looking for

  • Lives the 'client first' principle
  • How you have made a meaningful and positive difference in the lives of your clients.

Entry process

  • Part 1: Written Submission to be submitted through the FPA Awards online portal - a judging panel will review the applications and select finalists
  • Part 2: Finalists to present to the judging panel.*

    * An audit may also be required to take place at the finalist's place of work as part of the finalist review process.

Written Submission requirements

The Written Submission must answer the questions below.

  • Q1. Provide details of how you have made a meaningful positive difference in the lives of three different new or ongoing clients (max 750 words)
  • Q2. Provide details of how you have contributed to the profession over and above your direct financial planning advice (max 500 words).


Required supporting documents

  • Provide one comprehensive Statement of Advice (SOA) which supports your best work in relation to supporting Question 1. Please delete/change client names and details to protect client anonymity. Please be aware that additional SOA's may be requested at a later stage. SOA to have been completed in 2018 or 2019.
  • Additional documents such as PDF's, Appendices, Powerpoint presentations, and/or strategy papers which support your application may be uploaded here. Please ensure appendix is separated from the body of the SOA. Working papers can be included.

Finalists' presentation

The presentation will be conducted during the week commencing 14 October or possibly the week commencing 21 October – t.b.c.

The judges will choose one client from the three submitted SOA's on which the finalist will present.


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This category recognises a paraplanner who has demonstrated excellence in paraplanning. The Award is open to FPA paraplanner members.

Application Process

Entry requirements

  • Applicant is an FPA member
  • Applicant provides outstanding support for a financial planner or a financial planning department on a daily basis
  • Applicant has a clear compliance record.

The judges are looking for

  • Excellence in paraplanning, including examples of how the individual has made significant improvement to a client's situation
  • Proven technical and research skills.

Entry process

  • Part 1: Written Submission to be submitted through the FPA Awards online portal - a judging panel will review applications and select finalists
  • Part 2: Finalists to submit additional information to be reviewed by judging panel to determine the winner.*

    * An audit may also be required to take place at the finalist's place of work as part of the finalist review process.

Written Submission requirements

The Written Submission must answer the questions below.

  • Q1. Please provide details of how you work with financial planners and specifically the details of how a piece of advice helped a specific client (max 1000 words)
  • Q2. A testimonial from the financial planner for whom the Statement of Advice (SOA) was prepared.

Required supporting documents

  • Please provide the comprehensive SOA for the client described in your entry. Please delete/change client names and details to protect client anonymity 
  • A testimonial from the financial planner for whom the SOA was prepared. SOA to have been completed in 2018 or 2019.

Finalists additional information

The additional information must be submitted by Friday 11 October. The additional information will consist of a copy of fact find and other data (e.g. research and paraplanning notes) to support the submitted SOA. This will need to be provided from nominated paraplanner.


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This category recognises the top performing practice in the FPA Professional Practice Program that is supporting planners to deliver better client outcomes.

Application Process

Entry requirements

  • The practice is a current FPA Professional Practice and was subscribed to the program for the full prior financial year
  • The practice provides face-to-face advice on a daily basis to clients
  • The practice has a clear compliance record.

What the judges are looking for

  • Lives the 'client first' principle
  • Upholds the highest professional and ethical standards as outlined in the FPA Professional Code of Practice
  • Has made a positive contribution to the Profession.

Entry process

  • Part 1: Written Submissions to be submitted through the FPA Awards online portal - a judging panel will review the applications and select finalists
  • Part 2: Finalists to present to a judging panel.*

    *An audit may also be required to take place at the finalist's place of work as part of the finalist review process.

Written Submission requirements

The Written Submission must answer the questions below or submit a video through Vimeo or Youtube - 10mins

  • Intro and model of practice - business overview (max 750 words)
  • Have you received a client complaint or lodged a complaint on PI in the last two years? If you answered yes to a client complaint, please explain how was it resolved (max 500 words)
  • Address each of the criteria the judges are looking for (max 250 words per criteria)
    • Lives the 'client first' principle
    • Upholds the highest professional and ethical standards as outlined in the FPA Professional Code of Practice
    • Has made a positive contribution to the Profession.
  • Submit a current third party compliance audit report from the last financial year
  • No more supporting material at this stage.

Finalists' presentation

The presentation will be conducted during the week commencing 14 October. The finalists will be expected to present on:

  • Who you are and your model of advice
  • Discuss value of advice and how you price
  • Why you are a professional practice
  • Three top industry issues and what you would do to resolve them (views on the future of the profession).

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The University Student of the Year Award recognises a student enrolled in either a Bachelor or Master's Degree, who has demonstrated outstanding achievements and commitment to their studies and shown dedication to the financial planning industry and the FPA. The Award is open to all FPA student members.

Note: The three finalists will receive a ticket to the 2019 Congress, including flights and accommodation.

Application Process

Entry requirements:

  • FPA student member
  • Studying a FASEA approved financial planning degree, or completing a financial planning major within a FASEA approved finance, business, or commerce degree (see link to FASEA approved list).

What the judges are looking for

  • Demonstration of how you have gone over and above to achieve your results
  • Passion for the financial planning industry and the FPA
  • Communication and leadership skills.

Entry Process

  • Part 1: Written Submission to be submitted through the FPA Awards online portal – a judging panel will review applications and select finalists
  • Part 2: Finalists to be interviewed by the judging panel
  • Part 3: Referee checks completed by the judging panel (if required).

Written Submission requirements

The Written Submission must address the areas below.

  • Detail your academic achievements, relevant work experience, extra-curricular activities and/or your involvement in community activities – preferably finance/financial planning related (max 750 words)
  • What are your career ambitions following graduation? (max 400 words)
  • Why are you passionate about pursuing a career in financial planning? (max 400 words)
  • Provide any other information you believe relevant to your application, including any supporting documents if applicable e.g. copies of transcripts or award certificates
  • An academic representative or professional referee that could be contacted (if required) to support your submission.

Supporting documents
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This category recognises CFP® professionals and Financial Planner AFP® members who have supported their local community through pro bono and volunteer work. Awards in this category will be presented to an individual who has – in a voluntary, pro bono or public service capacity – made an outstanding contribution to improving the circumstances of those in the community through providing education in financial literacy, providing financial advice and/or supporting a local not-for-profit in some capacity. In addition, the recipient of the award will have made a positive contribution to the financial planning profession.

Application Process

Entry requirements

  • You are a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®  professional or Financial Planner AFP®  practitioner
  • You have a clear compliance record.

What the judges are looking for

  • Contribution: contribution to a charity, community group or not-for-profit organisation. Contribution and/or pro bono work with individuals or schools in need, in areas such as personal financial advice, financial life skills, and mentoring
  • Impact: how has the work brought a significant impact to an individual, community, school or not-for-profit
  • Commitment: overall commitment to the concept for the longer term.

How to enter

  • Part 1: Written Submission to be submitted through the FPA Awards online portal - a judging panel will review applications and select finalists
  • Part 2: Finalists to be interviewed by the judging panel. *

    * An audit may also be required to take place at the finalist's place of work as part of the finalist review process.


Written Submission requirements

The Written Submission must answer the questions below.

  • Q1. Provide a brief case study of an example of community service/s you have given on a pro bono basis (max 1000 words)
  • Q2. Address the specific ways in which support and assistance was provided (max 750 words)
  • Q3. Highlight the direct impact and benefit (both tangible and intangible) to the recipient/s or organisation/school (max 750 words).

Required supporting documents

  • Please provide a client/recipient/organisation testimonial relating to the case study provided.

Finalists' presentation

The presentation will be conducted during the week commencing 14 October.


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