Date posted: 25/05/2018 5 min read

Queensland Regional Update - May 2018

All the local news from the Queensland office

In brief

  • Update from Queensland Regional Manager
  • Upcoming events in the Queensland region
  • Careers engagement Queensland

Regional Chair update

March, April and May have been a busy three months for both Regional Council and the Queensland management team with a range of CA events and activities around the State.

Immediately prior to Easter it was pleasing to see the high level of attendance at both the Accounting and Audit full day conferences held at the Sofitel in Brisbane. The quality of the presentations covering a wide range of topics was excellent and I would like to pass on our thanks to the presenters from Queensland and nationally who volunteered their time to make the conferences a success.

As I mentioned in my previous update, one of Regional Council’s key goals this year is to increase the level of communication to our members in regional Queensland. As part of our plan to achieve this, on 28 March I hosted our first teleconference update with our regional group chairs. A focus of the session was to ensure our regional groups are kept up to date on the latest activities associated with the roll out of CAANZ’s strategic priorities for 2018. An opportunity was also provided for participants to share some of the latest activities in their areas and to highlight the issues which are most relevant to our members in their respective regions. The next teleconference will be scheduled towards the end of June.

Queensland regional council recently held its annual offsite meeting in Rockhampton where we were generously hosted by James Becker & Co in their offices adjacent to the new river precinct. It is great to see the positive impact the river precinct and other associated development activity is having in the Rocky area. Our meeting was closely followed by an excellent local members’ event featuring a panel discussion on the topic of the future of farming. The level of engagement and attendance from both local CA’s and the broader business community in Rockhampton was excellent. The evening was a highly effective profiling activity for CAANZ and Sarah Becker CA, Michelle Williamson CA, Debbie Dreaver and the local members group should be commended for the excellent program of events they are delivering.

The Future of Food and Farming, Queensland

Julie Sheehan, Peter O'Regan FCA, Ethan Mooney and Will Wilson with Richard Wanstall FCA and Sarah Becker CA at the Rockhampton Building Knowledge Event - Future of Food & Farming

Other key areas of ongoing activity include Queensland member input into the strategic review of the CA program, some preliminary piloting activity associated with the development of the CA community hub platform, and a range of ongoing education events such as the Public Practice Program workshops which continue to be well attended.

As we head quickly towards the middle of the year some notable upcoming member events include the Winter Tax and Super Schools around the state from early July. Planning is also well advanced for our annual engagement with State Government and Opposition representatives.

If you have any specific matters you would like Regional Council to be aware of, please do not hesitate to reach out via Penny and the Brisbane office team.

Richard Wanstall FCA
Queensland Regional Chair 2018

Key events for June 2018

  • Tuesday 12 June - Southside Breakfast Seminar
  • Tuesday 12 June - Sharing Knowledge Breakfast
  • Tuesday 12 June - Toowoomba Members Group
  • Wednesday 13 June - Business Valuations Breakfast
  • Tuesday 19 June - Northside Discussion Group
  • Wednesday 20 June - Gold Coast Members Group
  • Wednesday 20 June - Sunshine Coast Members Group
  • Thursday 21 June - Members in Business 
  • Thursday 21 June - Strategies for Success
  • Tuesday 28 June - Council Meeting

Please contact the Queensland office for any further information.

Opportunities and Updates

Fellowship Nominations are now open

Each year Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand recognises outstanding achievement in or contribution to the profession by awarding Fellowships to its members. Fellowship acknowledges members whose achievement or contribution benefits CA ANZ, the community, business or through teaching, research or writing in the field of accounting. If you know an outstanding Chartered Accountant, consider nominating them.

Nominations are open now for 2018.

Honorary Treasurer for NFP Foundation – Business Education

Queensland Private Enterprise Centre (QPEC) is seeking a suitably qualified individual to act as honorary Treasurer. QPEC supports the delivery of a high school-based business management program – ECOMAN - through partial funding for schools and the provision of facilitators to deliver these programs in hosted corporate venues throughout Queensland.  

In order to support these activities, the role of Treasurer involves the preparation of financial reports and analysis of programs as they are delivered, managing the financial position of QPEC, attendance at regular Executive Committee meetings and ad hoc duties as required.

This is an excellent first step into the not-for-profit sector for a qualified CA.

Please contact Penny Ellenger for further details.

Small Business Entrepreneur Grants

Queensland Members with small business clients or those working in SMEs may be interested to find out more about the next round of Small Business Entrepreneur grants from the Office of Small Business which has just opened.

Click this link for more information.

Careers Engagement Queensland

Upcoming Event: Find Your Fit (Accounting Specialities)

Ever found yourself thinking “This grad would be great in a particular service line” or spent time training up a young staff member only to have them change divisions or organisations for a better work-fit?  

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand seeks to address these issues by bringing together industry representatives from various business areas and current university students to have real conversations on the different accounting pathways.  

When -  July 25, 2018

Where - CA ANZ Brisbane office  

To find out more about how you can make a difference in educating the next generation of business professionals, contact us at careers


Internships and graduate placements are not only a great experience for future talent, but there are also many benefits you can gain as an employer. The Achiever Programme helps match organisations with university students looking to pursue a career in accounting and finance. 

To register visit their website

We’re supporting the 2018 illuminate:nextgen Challenge

Brisbane 4-8 June 2018 | Townsville 3-7 December 2018

Illuminate:nextgen gives high school students the chance to participate in a curriculum-based week-long innovation challenge that lets them experience first-hand what it takes to be an entrepreneur and create their own business. Watch this video to find out what one week of the Challenge looks like, and feel free to pass on more information to relevant contacts via this page

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