The Young Credit Professional of the Year Award (YCPA) program is the largest and most prestigious Youth Credit Award program in Australia and provides a great opportunity for young Credit Professionals to gain recognition both for themselves and their employer. 

By entering the YCPA program and discussing your career achievements and ambitions you will gain both valuable insight to the potential for your future advancement and support from young Credit Professionals like yourself and from experienced Credit Practitioners who are interested in assisting young Credit Professionals to achieve their potential.

The short video below introduces the 2016 YCPA finalists and why they entered.


The YCPA is open to both members and non-members of AICM who are working in the Credit Industry and who are under 30 years of age as at 30 June this year. 

Whether you work within the credit function of a business or in any of the many related Credit Professional roles in the Credit Industry you are eligible to enter.

If you are selected as a Division Finalist you will be invited to attend an interview of approx.1 hour. The interviewing panel will assess each candidate on their individual merits within their own field of expertise. The questions will be designed to provide you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, experience, ambitions and passion for the Credit Industry. 

As a Division Finalist you will receive a complimentary invitation to attend the Divisional YCPA function, where the Division winner will be announced. 

Division winners will win travel, accommodation and registration to this years AICM National Conference. 

The National YCPA winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and AICM Professional Development award to the value of $2,000. 

Illion (formerly Dun & Bradstreet) is the sponsor of the Young Credit Professional of the Year Award and has sponsored this National Award continuously for the past 21 years. AICM and Illion encourage all young Credit Practitioners to find out more about this award program.

The YCPA applications are now open!

To register your interest click here.

You will then be prompted to submit your application consisting of: 

  • A work resume 
  • Copies of any qualifications, awards etc. 
  • A letter from your employer / supervisor confirming your work position. 

Applications close 31 May  and can be submitted by email ( or by post (PO Box 64 St Leonards NSW 2065).

If you have any questions please contact the AICM head office by emailing or calling us on 1300 560 996



“I committed to the YCPA process because of the prestige and respect that surrounds the award. As a spectator of the award for a number of years, I had a burning desire to partake, step out of my comfort zone, grow my network and take my career to the next level. Since winning the award, my network has multiplied, multiple employment offers for senior roles have been received and I have discovered a new desire to continue with public speaking. Thank you to the AICM, the sponsors and the judges for this opportunity.”


2016 - Fiyona Kidenya (NSW)

 “The YCP process is the best thing I have ever done and such a rewarding experience that undoubtedly will keep on giving with the right level of dedication on my part.

  I am excited and more engaged with the industry than I have ever been and intend to really apply myself in  leveraging off this opportunity.”


2015 - Tate O'Connor (sa)

"The YCP was an amazing experience which helped me recognise my strengths and how they translate across an entire industry. I was challenged to consider my future goals in a positive environment with like minded professionals."

-Tate O'Connor

2014 - Joint Winners, Anna golubeva (nsw) and Rebecca edmiston (sa)

“Being announced the National Winner of the Young Credit Professional of the Year Award was one of the greatest experiences I have had!” 

– Anna Golubeva 

“The YCP forced me to step out of my comfort zone and take on new challenges, making me realise and grow skills I never knew I had and extend my knowledge of the Credit Industry. My newly realised public speaking and presenting skills are testament to this!” 

- Rebecca Edmiston

2013 - Balveen sani (nsw)

When I applied for the YCP program I worked in the accounts receivable team, as a Legal Clerk, for Kennards Hire.

 The YCPA has provided me with opportunities that have put me ahead of the game, and in an already competitive and cut throat market place, I feel as though it has given me a significant competitive advantage.

 Currently I work as a solicitor at BBW Lawyers and service clients throughout the credit industry. I am fortunate enough to be a member of the NSW Council and enjoy working with Council to nurture young credit professionals, and promote professional development.

2012 - Nick Pontikinas (sa)

2011 - maree kairl (sa)

"When I applied for the YCP program I worked as a Credit Services Consultant for the Limits team at National Credit Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd.

 Since winning the National Award in 2011, I have continued to work within this role on a part time basis (4 days per week) while also becoming a Mum to two beautiful girls! I also action additional responsibilities within the team."

2010 - gregg odlum (nsw)

2009 - maria homer (qld)

2008 - jesse lee (SA)

2007 - Adam Dayeian (NSW)

2006 - Aynslie Mcmahon (NSW)

2005 - Nicolas pilavidis (NSW)

2004 - Rodolfo duque (NSW)

2003 - Brook Varady (WA)

2002 - Tanith willoughby (QLD)

2001 - Nathan Boyd (QLD)

2000 - Tina Bagnato (SA)

1999 - Nicole Payne (VIC/TAS)

1998 - Chris Dunbar (QLD)

1997 - Craig Dent (VIc/TAS)

 In 1997, at the time of achieving the YCPA, I was the Group Credit Manager [Australia and New Zealand] at Tyco International. 

To mark a point in my career that set about my career’s direction, the YCPA award was timely.  I progressed to roles that continued to build on my experience, and today I am a Senior Executive who builds and leads high performing teams to deliver transformational change in large volume, complex and highly regulated environments.

In 2013 I was appointed to my current role as the Chief Executive Officer at State Trustees, a government owned entity with more than 430 employees servicing the Victorian community. 

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