Date posted: 25/05/2023

Message from the Regional Council Chair – May 2023 

Update from Tasmanian Council Chair, Bo Xu CA

In brief

  • CA ANZ plans upcoming events to inspire and make a difference, targeting the next generation 
  • Fee-Free TAFE and vocational education aim to increase students and graduates in viable jobs 
  • Stuart Edwards, a new council member, focuses on member engagement and growth in North West Tasmania 

Dear Tasmanian CAs

As we make our way through Autumn, I am certainly reminded that it is the season of change as CA ANZ plan for exciting upcoming events with the aim of making a difference and inspiring the next generation.

The government is looking to secure growth in students going into academic study or training and graduates entering viable jobs with Fee-Free TAFE and vocational education, a joint initiative of Tasmanian and Australian Government. With more than 6,000 vacant accounting jobs in Australia and 1,300 in New Zealand in September 2022, this trend is only expected to continue with a predicted growth of more than 9% by 2026 in Australia.

Be it advancing change towards gender pay gaps, ensuring Government and business quantify their climate change activity or leading action to help the community, the desire to make a difference is a key factor driving career choices across Tasmania and this is what CA ANZ will be conveying through our High School programs and education days planned for later this month.

As seen in our last newsletter, I mentioned we would be profiling CA ANZ Tasmanian councillors and this month I’d like to introduce you to our new member Stuart Edwards.

Stuart runs a small beef cattle farm in North West Tasmania with his wife and two daughters (aged 9 and 5). After working in Public Practice for 14 years, he made the change 7 years ago to work at a growing Aged Care Provider, where they have 20 aged care homes across Tasmania, Victoria, and New South Wales.

Tasmanian Council Member Stuart Edwards CA

Tasmanian Council Member Stuart Edwards CA

Stuart completed the CA Program in 2006 and has recently become a more active member with a focus on the North West of Tasmania and hopes to increase member engagement and growth throughout this region.

“With the ever-changing accounting compliance amendments, I hope over the next 12 months CA ANZ can act as advocates for businesses and individuals hopefully being able to add our views on upcoming legislation and applying common sense approaches."
Stuart Edwards CA Tasmanian Council Member

If you’re up in the North West of Tasmania or run into Stuart at an event please take the time to reach out, say hello, and talk all things CA.

As always, the Tasmania Council is always keen to hear your feedback or matters of concern. If you would like to raise these and possibly attend a Tasmanian Council meeting to share your comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Regional Manager - Victoria and Tasmania, Andrew Quinlan in the CA ANZ Melbourne office at [email protected].

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