Women in Securitisation
Women in Securitisation (WIS) is a standing subcommittee of the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF) (see box). It seeks to assist in the growth and success of the securitisation industry, particularly in relation to the contribution women can make.
Established in 2012, this diverse and inclusive subcommittee comprises 11 members, both women and men, who represent a range of market sectors and geographic regions.
The ASF promotes diversity in securitisation. It has a strong representation of women from diverse firms on its governing national committee. Through its WIS subcommittee, the ASF aims to provide women in the securitisation industry with high-quality networking opportunities, awareness of issues that affect women’s professional advancement, engagement from different levels of seniority and market-leading mentoring opportunities.
The ASF launched WIS in 2012 with just 55 members. The group has now grown to more than 700 members. WIS members are located Australia-wide as well as offshore, including in New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the US.
ASF membership is corporate-based. Membership enables market participants to stay connected with the ASF and contribute to the development of the securitisation industry as the association works to help members navigate these uncertain times.
ASF corporate membership entitles all employees of member firms to complimentary entry to member events and briefings, and discounted member rates on professional development courses tailored to the securitisation market.
Anyone who wishes to stay in touch with the ASF’s WIS network can join the mailing list by contacting the ASF.
Details of the membership of the ASF national committee, WIS subcommittee and various other subcommittees and activities can be found on the ASF website.
WIS events include lunches, breakfasts and social events featuring women in leadership and other inspirational speakers. WIS also runs a resilience programme and International Women’s Day events each year.
The ASF is adapting to the challenges of the current environment and it is developing a virtual programme to support WIS with networking opportunities and access to resources until market participants can meet again.
About the ASF
The ASF was formed in 1989 to promote the development of securitisation in Australia. As the peak industry body, the ASF focuses on promoting, protecting and strengthening the Australian and New Zealand securitisation and covered-bond markets. The ASF achieves this through advocacy, facilitating professional development and networking, building investor confidence and helping to drive sustainable growth.
The ASF has more than 150 corporate members, based in Australia and overseas. Members include issuers, investors, trustees, credit rating agencies, accounting firms, law firms, data vendors, and others involved in the securitisation value chain.
Mission and beliefs
The main objectives of the ASF are:
- Representing the interests of the securitisation market to regulators, government, the media and other stakeholders to achieve an environment that supports a robust and growing securitisation market.
- Leading consensus-building within the industry on issues of importance to support the sustainability and growth of the securitisation market.
- Providing a forum to promote the market to domestic and global investors and other stakeholders through seminars, conferences and resources.
- Informing and increasing the knowledge and skills of the securitisation community through delivering high-quality conferences, workshops and professional development programmes.
- Developing and implementing appropriate market standards and practices to enhance efficient operation, transparency and investor confidence in Australia’s securitisation market.