World Congress of Accountants 2018

Coverage and insights from the iconic global event at the ICC in Sydney

In Brief

  • 5,700 delegates from around the world attended WCOA
  • Content coverage includes selected sessions

Nearly 5000 delegates from around the world descended on the ICC in Sydney to attend the World Congress of Accountants from 5-8 November.

The program for WCOA 2018 saw over 150 internationally recognised speakers present on global mega-trends such as artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology – and discuss the challenges they pose to our profession in terms of fraud, governance and ethics.

Session coverage

Below you’ll find our coverage of some of the highlights from WCOA .

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Day 1 Session Coverage

Bringing ethics to life

RMIT has launched a ‘serious game’ called Bogart Technologies that helps bring to life the new IESBA Code of Ethics. Accountants can use the game to earn three CPD hours.

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Creating a business case for technology

Australian companies will spend more than A$40 billion a year combined on tax compliance reporting. Here’s how to define and defend a business case to invest in tax technology.

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Making digital work for you

The convenience of digital systems and mobility is now dictating business dealings and companies that have been quick to deliver on connectedness have reaped the benefits.

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Beyond the GFC: Where to next?

Ethical behaviour is essential if we are to avoid another GFC, according to WCOA keynote speaker, economic historian and Harvard professor Niall Ferguson. Here he discusses what we’ve learnt about bank collapses, finance innovation and asset bubbles.

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Day 2 Session Coverage

 

Converging reporting frameworks

The Corporate Reporting Dialogue will launch a ‘better alignment project’ to bring together non-financial reporting frameworks.

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Government transformation shaping economic and social change

Global leaders say accountants have a significant role to play in transforming economies and societies.

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Day 3 Session Coverage

 

Valuations – art or science?

The ‘crazy’ valuation of technology stocks is highlighting valuation fundamentals.

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The innovation-led finance function

Creating the right culture is vital to building an innovation-led finance function.

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Day 4 Session Coverage

Young accountants changing the world

Young accountants say the profession has the potential to empower communities and change the world.

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Decoding the business landscape in Asia

Accountants must bring a unique value proposition to seize immense China opportunities.

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