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Steadfast cancels 2021 event as disruptions roll forward

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Steadfast has cancelled its convention for a second year as the coronavirus outbreak continues to disrupt industry event schedules.

The broker group had planned to host the next convention in Adelaide in March, but CEO Robert Kelly says in a note to brokers that it will not proceed.

“With the COVID19 outbreak remaining a major health concern across Australia, and mass gathering restrictions in place for the foreseeable future, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Steadfast Convention,” he says.

“This was a tough call to make. It’s an incredibly important event for Steadfast and it’s a highlight of the year for so many brokers in the network.”

Steadfast earlier in the year cancelled the convention scheduled for last March as companies began limiting travel and gatherings even before Governments mandated lockdowns.

The Underwriting Agencies Council (UAC) has seen a continuing impact on its program of expos in capital cities.

The Melbourne Underwriting expo scheduled for October 28 has been cancelled and it has rescheduled its Norwest Sydney Expo to November 25.

The Adelaide expo has been postponed to October 28, while the Perth expo is due to take place on November 12.

The Australian Insurance Law Association has postponed this year’s national conference in Sydney, due to be held in late October.

The event is now set for October 20-22 next year, with the venue remaining Doltone House at Jones Bay Wharf.