Date posted: 19/07/2023

Message from the Victorian Council Chair – July 2023

Update from Victorian Council Chair, Sam Sargood FCA

In brief

  • New members, fellows, meritorious service awardees, and life member honoured
  • Applications open for 2023 Fellowship nominations
  • Proposal for a financial literacy program for high school students is being finalised

Dear Victorian CAs,

Somehow, we are already halfway through 2023 and no doubt a lot of you are escaping the cold and heading somewhere warm. My Instagram feed is full of photos from friends in warmer places such as Europe, Queensland, and Bali, making me very jealous. 

However, closer to home, the Victorian Council and Victorian CA ANZ team has been extremely busy with a number of events where we have celebrated some momentous achievements. In particular: 

  • New member Certificate Presentation Ceremony on 28 June 2023:
    • 160 new CA members received their membership certificates at Crown Palladium where they celebrated with family and friends.
    • I offer my congratulations to all new members on becoming members of CA ANZ and hope that they all had a fantastic night.
  • On 21 June 2023, CA ANZ held an awards dinner in the Garden Room at Crown where we celebrated members who received their Fellowship, Meritorious Service Award, and one member who received life membership. On behalf of the Victorian Regional Council, I would like to congratulate:
    • The 18 members who were advanced to Fellow in the 2022 year. Advancement to Fellow recognises the outstanding contribution that each person has made to the profession, CA ANZ or to education. 

VIC Ward Winners

FCA Awardees at the presentation ceremony
  • Three members being Tim Gullifer, Penny Hutchinson, and Taryn Rulton who each received Meritorious Service Awards for their contribution to CAANZ. Congratulations to each of you and, on behalf of CA ANZ, thank you for everything you have done for CA ANZ over the years. 

Meritorious Service Awards

Taryn Rulton FCA (left), Tim Gullifer FCA (middle), and Penny Hutchinson FCA (right) were honoured with the Meritorious Service Award
  • Jan West AM FCA, who became the most recent Life Member of CA ANZ. Jan has had an incredible career becoming the first female Partner in the Australian arm of Deloitte in 1988 and has served, and is currently serving, as a non-executive Director of various companies. In addition, Jan has provided many years of service to CA ANZ including the Professional Conduct Oversight Committee, the Victorian Council, Victorian and National Education Committees and as Chair of Professional Conduct Tribunals. 

Jan West FCA and Murray Harrington FCA

Jan West AM FCA (left) receiving the Life Membership award from the President of CA ANZ for 2023, Murray Harrington FCA

Congratulations on your outstanding career and life membership award. 

Applications for 2023 Fellowship nominations are currently open and information is available on the CA ANZ website

Finally, over the past 9 months, Victorian Regional Council, along with the Victorian Corporate Advisory Panel and Victorian Young CA Panel have been working on a proposal to CA ANZ Management to develop a financial literacy course aim at students in high school. This proposal is in its final stages of preparation and will be provided to CA ANZ management over the coming month. I would like to thank all that have contributed to this proposal, with a special shout-out to fellow Councillors Peter Dikranis and Rob Dennis for leading the charge. 

This financial literacy program aims to teach students in years 9-12 the ‘basics’ associated with financial management such as applying for a TFN, budgeting, and implications of loans (car, credit cards, etc.). In addition, this program aims to open up student’s minds to future career options in the finance, accounting and economics fields by showing that accountants aren’t number crunchers, rather, we are problem solvers. Hopefully, this would also lead to an increase in students taking these courses at University, as well as an uptake in the CA ANZ program. 

As always, the Victorian Council is always keen to hear from members so please reach out, or if you see any of us at the many CA ANZ events, please come and say hi. 

Sam Sargood FCA

Chair – CA ANZ Victoria Council 

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