Air Commodore Robert Brown
Chairman, Australian Defence Force
Financial Services Consumer Centre
Robert Brown is Independent Chairman of the
Australian Defence Force (ADF) Financial Services Consumer Centre.
He has been a driving force behind the ADF's work in financial
literacy since the Centre began in 2006.
The Centre's activities include a wide range of financial
education programs and published materials which have been
especially designed for Navy, Army and Air Force personnel (some
70,000 members and their families). The education programs are held
throughout members' careers, and include basic budgeting for
recruits, pre/post deployment financial training and transitioning
into the private sector.
Robert is a Royal Australian Air Force specialist reservist, an
Economics graduate and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants in Australia. He has had over 30 years experience (much
of it self-employed) in the accounting profession and in the wider
financial services industry, especially in the areas of financial
planning and superannuation.
Throughout that time he has had a particular interest in the
technical and policy aspects of superannuation. In 1994, he was the
Conference of Major Superannuation Funds' inaugural Trustee of the
Year. At various times over the last twenty years, Robert has held
a range of honorary offices in his professional body, the Institute
of Chartered Accountants in Australia, including serving on the
national board and chairing the National Financial Planning and
Robert has written extensively about the financial services
industry through his regular columns in Charter and
Professional Planner magazines. In 2006, he authored a
paper for the Institute of Chartered Accountants titled
"Reinventing Financial Planning", which examines the industry's
structure, the consequences of conflicts of interest and
recommendations for lasting and genuine reform.
Robert has a particular interest in contributing to the
Australian community's understanding of the consequences of
investment risk and personal debt, and the importance of a written
financial budget as the foundation for building financial literacy,
discipline and independence.
Last updated: 02 Nov 2015