Policy submission principles

Understand the framework that guides our approach to drafting submissions


  • It’s our role as a professional body to advocate in the public good on policy areas that impact our members and the profession
  • Our advocacy work centres on drafting policy submissions to government, regulators and standard-setting bodies, with input from our members
  • Policy submissions are framed by a set of guiding principles that articulate our values and objectives

Our guiding principles

Good public policy plays an important role in contributing to a nation’s prosperity.

It helps determine the economic future for the citizens, organisations and governments of countries we operate in.

We act in the public good on matters that are relevant to our members and the businesses and communities they serve.

Our policy priorities and positions are developed by our advocacy team, with input from our members.

When drafting submissions to government, regulators and standard setters, we are guided by the following principles:

  • Act in the public interest in accordance with the ethical standards that apply to the profession internationally
  • Policies should be apolitical and evidence-based
  • Policies should provide certainty and confidence for business and consumers
  • Advocate on issues that are relevant to our members and the profession
  • Focus on the long term prosperity and wellbeing of our nations, looking to the next 30 years, rather than the next three years and
  • Policies should be equitable and fair to both current and future stakeholders

Policies should be framed around the four pillars that support prosperity of the countries we operate in:

  • Fiscal sustainability
  • International competitiveness
  • Boosting productivity
  • Effectiveness and stability of financial markets

Advocacy objectives and policy priorities

Learn more about our advocacy objectives, policy priorities and positions

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Technical and advocacy areas

We actively engage with the government, regulators and standard-setters to advocate on behalf of members and the accounting profession.

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