The Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) has received a record number of submissions to its revamped Excellence Awards.
Starting this year, the MFAA’s Excellence Awards will be integrated with the nationwide Broker 2020 events as state-based awards ceremonies ending with a national awards ceremony. The association has also introduced five new categories aimed at including a wider range of MFAA members.
MFAA CEO Siobhan Hayden says broekrs have responded well to these changes with the number submissions four times greater than what was received last year. In total, there are over 240 finalists.
“We asked members what changes they wanted and this included state-based events and an easier awards submission process. However we still wanted to maintain the quality required in the submissions,” Hayden said.
“Other interesting changes include the significant level of support for key categories outside of the general broker categories with both Young Professional and Best Newcomer awards attracting a large number of submissions. This interest is a positive sign for the industry as new and young talent demonstrate a real engagement with the industry.”
The judging process was conducted by volunteer industry professionals at senior levels. Most awards were assessed by three different judges and an average of the scores was calculated to decide the list of finalists.
“This is the largest list of finalists in the history of the MFAA’s Excellence Awards, and we are now working hard to verify the information so that we can deliver a great set of events across the country,” Hayden said.
“We’re grateful to everyone who participated, from members who submitted to the judges who reviewed those submissions.”