After a month spent discussing current and future challenges with credit professionals, association professionals and politicians, it is clear there are many challenges and hurdles to be addressed. At the same time these discussions have highlighted the achievements of the AICM and its members. Below are just some of the insights.
Our members actively participate in the activities we provide, at rates most similar organisations envy. Credit professionals continue to flock to education opportunities from our toolboxes, webinars and networking sessions through to our magazine and national conference. Members continually comment on the insights gained from the content and the priceless opportunities to connect with credit professionals like them.
Our awards programs (YCP, CToY, Student of the Year and Pinnacle Awards) are not only recognising the excellence of our members but demonstrate the contributions our members make to the businesses and people they work with. These activities plus the the Women in Credit and CCE awards ensure all members have a way to connect with others like them, creating the fabric of our vibrant credit community.
It was pleasing that our contribution and engagement with government on illegal phoenix activity has led to an announcement in the recent budget that significant action will be taken to address this issue. Illegal phoenix activity has been conservatively estimated at costing the Australian economy over $3.2bn with most of this borne by business.
I encourage all members to reach out to fellow members, division councils or AICM national office to find out how credit professionals like you are engaging with these initiatives and more.