The inaugural 2019 grant round will offer up to 15 professional development packages, which include a 2019 AFA Conference registration, attendance at AFA events including Masterclasses, and ongoing events along with networking and support from MetLife Australia.

AFA CEO, Philip Kewin, said the AFA has partnered with MetLife to deliver professional development activities such as learning opportunities, mentoring and networking. “The AFA has a long history of encouraging women in financial services, including the launch of the AFA Inspire community of practice in 2013 which connects and supports women in the profession.”

MetLife’s Head of Retail Sales, Matt Lippiatt said, “We are big supporters of quality financial advice because we believe it enables people to lead better and more prosperous lives. We want financial planning to become the career of choice for high calibre women in Australia, so that the profession can attract and nurture more great talent. MetLife Progress is one of the practical ways we’re supporting the growth of women in financial advice and helping them as they start out on a career long journey of learning.”

Early in 2019, MetLife was announced as the first insurer to join the UN’s Women’s Global Innovation Coalition for Change – a coalition which aims to advance diversity and promote inclusion. This grant is another way MetLife is supporting diversity.

Applications for MetLife Progress open Monday 24 June, and close on Friday 12 July.

To apply, applicants must:

  • Identify as female
  • Have up to five years’ experience as a financial adviser, planner or paraplanner as at 24 June 2019
  • Not previously have attended an AFA Conference
  • Have or obtain AFA membership.

For more information, and to apply, please visit

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About AFA

The Association of Financial Advisers Limited (AFA) has been the authentic voice on the value of financial advice for over 70 years. Today, the AFA is a vibrant, innovative association, where the underlying driver of policy is the belief that great advice transforms lives. To this end the AFA is striving to achieve the vision of Great Advice for More Australians. The AFA’s ongoing relevance as a professional association is derived from its success in engaging with the major stakeholders in financial advice including advisers, consumers, licensees, product and service providers, and the regulator and government. Culturally the AFA believes in the value of collaboration to create powerful outcomes and this drives how we achieve influence and work towards our vision. 

About MetLife

MetLife Insurance Limited (MetLife), an affiliate of MetLife, Inc., is a specialist provider of life insurance to affinity partners, superannuation trustees and employers in Australia. MetLife has expertise in designing and executing direct insurance programs for partners’ customers and insurance solutions to meet the needs of specific member groups. MetLife has been a specialist provider of life risk insurance products in Australia since 2005. For more information, visit