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AFSA Inaugural Summit

AFSA Inaugural Summit 

18 October 2023, Sydney

AFSA’s Inaugural Summit will bring together leaders from across industry and government to discuss key issues in maintaining a strong credit system for Australia.


Session time

Session topic

8:30 am
Registration for Invited Guests
9:00 am
Welcome to Country
9:15 am
Opening remarks by Tim Beresford, AFSA Chief Executive
9:35 am
Fireside chat with Michele Bullock, Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia


Michele will share her insights into the current economic climate with a focus on system stability.

10:05 am
Unlicensed pre-insolvency advisors: a united front



  • Karen Cox, CEO, Financial Rights Legal Centre

  • Thea Eszenyi, Senior Executive Specialist, Companies & Small Business, ASIC

  • Elyse Herrald-Woods, National Manager, Strategy and Government, AFSA

This session will focus on untrustworthy advisors and unlicensed parties operating on the fringes of the system and targeting vulnerable people.

10:50 am
Morning tea
11:20 am
Lightning round: questions to the credit industry


  • Marcel Savary, National Manager Regulatory Services, AFSA


  • Vivek Chaudhary, Deputy Commissioner, Lodge and Pay, ATO

  • Nick Pilavidis, CEO, AICM

  • Alex Vale, Managing Director Group, Bravure

  • Emma Penzo, Head of Economic Policy, ABA

During this session, focused on the credit industry, panellists will share their insights and perspectives about maintaining a strong credit system for Australia.

12:15 pm
1:15 pm
People first: designing compliance



Rebecca Saint, Deputy Commissioner, Public Groups - Client Experience, ATO; Greg Cassis, Chief Information Officer, AFSA.

Rebecca will discuss the ATO’s innovative approach to tax.

Greg Cassis, Chief Information Officer, Technology Services, AFSA, will share how new systems are being designed to ensure compliance in a way that puts the user experience first as part of our service modernisation project with AFSA.

2:00 pm
Afternoon tea
2:30 pm
Building financial security through financial capability



Stephanie Tonkin, CEO, Consumer Action Law Centre.


  • Patrick Burford, Group Manager, Communities, Department of Social Services

  • Bettina Cooper, Mob Strong Debt Help Financial Counsellor and Strategy Lead

  • Andrew Dadswell, Senior Manager Consumer Communications, ASIC

Stephanie will facilitate a discussion on financial capability focusing on case studies, tools and practical ways we can support the community we serve.

3:30 pm
Closing remarks
4:00 pm
Networking drinks


To enquire about attending the event, please email