Date posted: 2/01/2020 3 min read

5 years of CA ANZ achievement

"Listening to the member voice" underpins the success of the amalgamation of Australian and New Zealand accounting institutes.

In Brief

  • CA ANZ marks its 5th anniversary
  • The organisation was legally recognised on 1 January 2015 following the amalgamation of ICAA and NZICA
  • "Listening to the member voice was the key to CA ANZ's success."

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand celebrated its 5th anniversary on New Year's Day 2020.

The new organisation became legally recognised on 1 January 2015. It was created by the amalgamation of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) which was approved by members of both institutes in late 2013.

2020 CA ANZ President Peter Rupp FCA said that, "Looking back, listening to the member voice was the key to CA ANZ's success."

"We wanted a new organisation which met members' future needs, bringing together the right infrastructure, people and culture while delivering world-class service."

"Success was built on members being upfront about how their organisation could be improved, ensuring that CA ANZ's strategy, and priorities, are tied to the profession's needs."
Peter Rupp FCA, CA ANZ President.

Stephen Walker FCA, Peter's predecessor as President, said he believed "where we are today" has proven the success of the decision to amalgamate.

"I have seen how we have built on the legacy of our predecessor organisations and taken the special and best things from each."

He paid tribute to Chartered Accountants ANZ's inaugural Chair Murray Jack FCA who retired in July 2019. "In his time as chair, Murray has focused on ensuring the member voice is at the heart of strategy and activity to ensure they match the needs of our profession."

Extensive engagement with members in 2017's Strategic Review showed areas of concern and opportunity among members against a backdrop of rapid change and increasing diversity and disruption.

The resulting strategic plan developed by the Chartered Accountants ANZ leadership team, endorsed by the CA ANZ Council and signed off by the Board, identified strategic initiatives in education, an online community and in the start-up sector.

Peter Rupp said "following significant investments in infrastructure and programmes, these initiatives are now delivering real value to members, their clients and their communities. And the Board remains focused on continuing to develop the strategy to maintain its relevance for the next generation of accountants".

Achievements since 1 January 2015

When the two institutes merged, they had a combined membership of 107,000 including provisional members. Membership is now more than 125,000, an increasing of nearly 17 percent.

Module enrolments in the CA Program increased by 34.5 percent over the five years.

Acuity was named 2015 Business Magazine of the Year at Publish Awards and won Cover of the Year award in 2016.

In 2016 CA ANZ formed a strategic alliance with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), delivering global benefits and adding weight to our voice at home and on the world stage.

The 2017 strategic review started with wide-ranging engagement with members including 80 focus groups and member interviews providing face-to-face feedback from around 700 members.

In 2018, Chartered Accountants ANZ co-hosted the World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) – an international showcase of the global accounting profession.

The online member portal My CA and the innovation-focused CA Catalyst strategic initiative were launched in 2018.

In 2019, members approved governance changes designed to ensure CA ANZ's structures continue to serve members well into the future.

A strong foundation to go forward

Stephen Walker FCA says governance changes give CA ANZ a solid foundation for the future.

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