Date posted: 17/10/2018 2 min read

Newest Indigenous Australian Chartered Accountant signifies a rising trend

Not only has Ben Eisikovich, from the Kamilaroi people in NSW, recently joined the ranks of Chartered Accountants, but he has also joined a rising trend of Indigenous Australians entering the accounting profession.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) currently has twenty Indigenous Australians undertaking the CA Education Program to become a Chartered Accountant.

"This is quite a profound uptake when compared with historical figures linked with Indigenous Australians in the profession," says Matthew Lancaster, Relationship Manager, Indigenous Accountants Australia, a joint initiative by CA ANZ and CPA Australia.

"This includes the much-touted figure that there are forty Indigenous accountants with a professional accounting designation in Australia.

"It is incredibly rewarding to see Indigenous Australians receive their professional certification and find fulfilling careers in the accounting profession."

"Accountants are more than just business advisers; they are members of the community who help to maintain and shape a great community, a community for our children and our children's children.

Ben Eisikovich highlights the need to get more "brothers and sisters" into accounting.

"Finance and accounting is so underrepresented and just to have more of us coming through and getting those skills, I think it''s going to do heaps for communities," said Ben Eisikovich.

"Not only is it community where I come from but this wider community of Chartered Accountants and the chance to be able to network and share ideas and visions and dreams.

"Skills that I don't have now, I might be able to get from other people in this great network. It's a privilege to be part of CA."

Eisikovich said although he had not considered accounting when he started his studies, after learning more about accounting, he decided that the career was right for him.

"Starting accounting, it made sense and I could see the practical application and the skills were actually helping my broader skills in business and in finance."

"It gives you skills to answer business problems and community problems, to be able to talk to people of all walks and to come up with solutions to massive problems, so it's more than just numbers."

On 17 October, CA ANZ President Jane Stanton will present two Indigenous Australians with the inaugural CA ANZ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship,

The scholarship, which is valued at $10,000 each, will assist with CA Program, CA Study Masterclass and provisional membership costs.

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