Forensic Accounting Specialisation

Strengthen your personal brand, 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:

  • Expert evidence
  • Consulting expert
  • Arbitrations/mediations
  • Expert determinations
  • Fraud investigations
  • Financial investigations (including asset tracing)
  • Loss and damage assessments
  • Disputed business valuations (including shareholder disputes)
  • Family law disputes (including trust / estate disputes)
  • Insurance claims (including business interruption)
  • Personal injury claims
  • Intellectual property claims
  • Professional negligence claims (including auditor negligence)
"The most exciting part is jumping into a new matter and learning about a new client and new problem, particularly if it's a high profile matter that relates to something like the Banking Royal Commission. That's always exciting."
Dawna Wright CA
 

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.

The program offers a choice of two pathways to entry:

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.

2018 Intake

Enrolment period: 6 March – 6 July 2018
Online learning: 23 July – 16 September 2018
Sydney intensive workshop: 24 – 25 July 2018
Melbourne intensive workshop: 17 - 18 July 2018
Examination: 17 September 2018 

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.

Program fees

  • Online Workshop $1500 including cost of examination
  • Face to Face workshop $2400 including cost of examination
  • If you choose the alternate Portfolio Interview Assessment, please add $500

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