Forensic Accounting Specialisation

Strengthen your personal brand and reputation, expand your network and capitalise on new opportunities

In Brief

  • A CA FA Specialist promotes you as a trusted leader in an expanding niche area
  • Recognition expands your network and enhances your personal brand in this space
  • You can choose from a range of flexible pathways to complete the program

As a CA Forensic Accounting (FA) Specialist, you are recognised for significant knowledge and experience in a growing and intellectually rewarding field that includes post-acquisition dispute, economic damages, calculations bankruptcy.

Clients consider a specialisation as an acknowledgement of your skills, knowledge and experience in:

  • Independent expert reports
  • Fraud investigation
  • Tax evasion
  • Family Law Disputes
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Loss and Damage engagements
  • Expert witness

Owain Stone FCA, Partner KordaMentha, and past Chair CA ANZ Forensic Accounting Committee says that:

The Forensic Accounting Specialisation ‘brings an additional educational pathway to build on members' existing CA qualification, particularly for those at earlier stages of their career. It allows them to show potential clients and employers they have gained minimum educational requirements, which demonstrate their interest in this specialisation. It also demonstrates that they have met minimum experience requirements in this area. This builds person brand for members who work in this niche area.'

The benefits

  • Build your brand. Adding CA FA Specialist after your name on correspondence and marketing collateral sets you apart from the rest. As a specialist, you also have the exclusive right to include a Chartered Accountants ANZ branded banner in your communications.
  • Open doors. As a CA FA Specialist you can capitalise on opportunities for referrals from other practitioners, strategic partners, associated professionals and clients.
  • Expand your network. Networking events with your peers can provide insights into your field and forge valuable business relationships.
  • Strengthen your reputation. To clients, your recognition as a CA FA Specialist is an endorsement of your expertise.
  • Expand your reach. Inclusion in Chartered Accountants ANZ’s searchable online directory Find a CA promotes you as an expert in the field
  • Stay ahead of the curve. You will have access to complimentary professional development available only to CA FA Specialists, plus receive a discount on the BV/FA Conference.

How to become a CA FA Specialist

You must be a member of Chartered Accountants ANZ and meet education and experience criteria, including the requirements of regulations CR6 and CR6D. There are two pathways:

    1. Post-graduate studies – You are required to have at least two years of forensic accounting experience in the past five years, comprising at least 20% of employment specifically in forensic accounting and up to an additional 20% is in an area closely related to forensic accounting during that time. In this pathway, you undertake study at Macquarie University.
    2. Online learning or workshop program - You need at least four years of practical forensic accounting experience in the past ten years, comprising at least 20% of employment specifically in forensic accounting and up to an additional 20% is in an area closely related to forensic accounting during that time. There is a choice of an online course or a two-day face-to-face workshop with Macquarie University. Assessment is flexible, too: you can opt to take a three hour exam or present a portfolio of evidence of your forensic accounting expertise and have an interview.

Choose your pathway

  • Pathway 1 - Post-graduate studies

    Follow these steps

    1. Review the requirements. You need at least two years of forensic accounting experience in the past five years, comprising at least 20% of employment specifically in forensic accounting and up to an additional 20% is in an area closely related to forensic accounting during that time.

    2. Outline your experience. Complete and return the FA Specialisation Pre-enrolment form on this page.

    Complete the Pre-enrolment Form

    Get started on your FA specialisation now.

    3. Enrol in the appropriate courses at Macquarie University.

    4. Macquarie University

    Through Macquarie University, you must successfully complete four mandatory subjects as part of the Graduate Diploma of Forensic Accounting:

    • Forensic accounting and the legal system
    • Investigation engagements
    • Loss and damage and other dispute engagements
    • Forensic accountants and the court

    These subjects must have been completed within the 5 years prior to applying for CA FA Specialist recognition.

    5. Apply for recognition. Complete and return the FA Specialisation Application for Recognition form, attaching references and education documents.

    References
    You’ll need to provide with your application two professional references from individuals who can positively attest to your skills and knowledge in forensic accounting. One reference must be from a Chartered Accountant with at least three years’ membership who has known you for 12 months or more.

    Education documents
    Finalise your application by attaching the following: a certified copy of your qualification and an academic transcript related to the qualification which details the subjects which you undertook and their successful completion. These subjects must include the mandatory subjects listed in step 4 for your chosen course with Macquarie University.

    6. Application review. Following a review of your application you will be informed by letter if you have been approved or declined.

    If approved, you will receive a welcome pack containing your approval letter and your certificate. You will be emailed a tax invoice which includes the application fee and the pro-rated subscription fee.

    If you are declined because based on your application you do not satisfy the identified criteria, you will not be charged any fees.

  • Pathway 2 - Online learning or workshop program

    Follow these steps

    1. Review the requirements. You need at least four years of practical forensic accounting experience in the past ten years, comprising at least 20% of employment specifically in forensic accounting and up to an additional 20% is in an area closely related to forensic accounting during that time. 

    2. Outline your experience. Complete and return the FA Specialisation Pre-enrolment form on this page.

    Complete the Pre-enrolment Form

    Get started on your FA specialisation now.

    3. Enrol at Macquarie University. Enrol for the online learning or workshop pathway following approval by CA ANZ to do so. You will also need to confirm the assessment method of either examination or portfolio interview.

    4. Apply for recognition. Complete and return the FA Specialist Application for Recognition form, attaching references and education document. 

    You must also have successfully completed the online learning or workshop and assessment at Macquarie University within the five years prior to applying for CA FA specialisation recognition.

    References
    You’ll need to provide with your application two professional references from individuals who can positively attest to your skills and knowledge in forensic accounting. One reference must be from a Chartered Accountant with at least three years’ membership and who has known you for 12 months or more. 

    Education documents
    Provide a copy of your certificate as evidence of your successful completion of the online self-study course or workshop, and assessment. 

    5. Application review. Following a review of your application you will be informed by letter if you have been approved or declined.

    If approved, you will receive a welcome pack containing your approval letter and your certificate. You will be emailed a tax invoice which includes the application fee and the pro-rated subscription fee.

    If you are declined because, based on your application, you do not satisfy the identified criteria, you will not be charged any fees.

    Ongoing obligations

    As a CA FA Specialist, at least 40% of your CPD requirement must be undertaken in forensic accounting. You will also be asked to take part in peer reviews.

The dates for 2018 are below:

Intake 1
Enrolment period
5 February – 23 March 2018
Sydney Workshop
10 April – 11 April 2018 Macquarie University City Campus
Melbourne Workshop
16 April -17 April 2018  CA ANZ Melbourne Office
Online Learning 

9 April – 3 June 2018

Examination date

4 June 2018


Intake 2

Enrolment period
2 July – 17 August 2018
Online learning
3 September – 28 October 2018
Examination
29 October 2018

Prices for Course

The education course for this specialisation will be delivered by Macquarie University and the costs are outlined below:

  • enrolment option including face to face workshop (at a cost of $2400 AUD) or online learning (at a cost of $1500 AUD)
  • assessment method being either examination (included) or portfolio interview (at an additional cost of $500 and the portfolio assessment criteria is attached for your review).

Ongoing obligations

As a CA FA Specialist, at least 40% of your CPD requirement must be undertaken in forensic accounting. You will also be asked to take part in peer reviews.

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