Date posted: 30/10/2019 4 min read

Queensland regional news

Find out what is happening in Queensland this month.

In brief

  • Regional Manager update
  • Recap of events
  • Upcoming events
  • Opportunities and updates

Queensland Regional Chair Update  

October 2019 Update

Happy Halloween! Doesn’t that almost always signify that we are on the rapid run into the end of the year? And with still SO much to get done before closing up shop for the December break! Well, things are no different here with CAANZ: as Peter mentioned in last month’s Chair report, we have for the first time this year opened up 3 Regional Council roles in every region to an appointment process, and I am delighted to report that the Queensland membership responded to the opportunity with great energy. We received an unprecedented number of applications out of the membership for the 3 appointed Councillor roles – the Nominations & Governance Committee of Queensland Council now has the task of reviewing these applications and assessing them against a criteria matrix which will continue to ensure that your Council is a true representative body of the Queensland membership. Notification of the successful appointees will be made to members in early December following the final CAANZ Council meeting of the year. 

We held the Queensland Regional AGM this week here in Brisbane, and combined it as always with the presentation of certificates and pins to our wonderful Milestone Members – who have reached 25, 40 and 50 years of CAANZ membership. It was lovely to see all of our recipients re-connecting with each other, many years after completing their PY programs – and even our own Council Chair Peter O’Regan FCA was presented with his 40 years’ milestone certificate – by none other than one of his workshop leaders Malcolm Duce, with some lovely words of acknowledgement too. Congratulations Peter!

Council Chair and workshop leader

As October was Mental Health Awareness month, we hosted  for the first time a face-to-face and live webcast Sharing Knowledge session for members on Mental Health and your employees, a session which was incredibly well-received by all in attendance online as well as in the room – we will be making that recording available to all members to access soon, as there were some very useful resources for members to access in this space.

In other news, please read on for a listing of upcoming events rolling into the end of the year – if you are not receiving event emails, please log into your MyCA profile page and update your communication settings to tick the Regional Office events box and ensure that you are not opted out to receiving emails.

Kind regards,

Penny Ellenger
Queensland Regional Manager 

Recap of October Events 

October has been a busy month in CAANZ Queensland. We hosted five regional events, kicking off with a member event in Mackay, followed by events in Rockhampton, Gold Coast, Townsville and Sunshine Coast that also attracted a great number of members.

During the middle of the month we held the Queensland Regional AGM and welcomed our newest members and their families at Brisbane Certificate Presentation Ceremony and look forward to sharing photos in the next edition of Insight. See below for highlights of other October events and what they entailed.

Readygrad - Inside the Mind of a Graduate Employer

CAANZ, with support from our friends at Readygrad hosted a workshop called "Inside the mind of a Graduate Employer". This session was immersive and informational - with the opportunity to connect and grow our relationship with our academics and careers advisors in Queensland. The day included:

  • Market insights to how and why organisations are recruiting graduates - how to prepare your students
  • Best practice graduate recruitment strategy and process
  • Latest trends and insights in engaging international students
  • Employer spotlight session - hear form a leading graduate employer from your region doing innovative work in the student market
  • Networking with colleagues from other universities with drinks and nibbles.

It was a great professional development opportunity to gain further insight and knowledge behind the practices that employers undertake through their recruitment process and the expectations that they have of students entering the workforce. 

Readygrad - Inside the Mind of a Graduate Employer

2019 Achiever Programme - Welcome Ceremony

This event was for students and employers who have successfully gained a placement in the 2019 Achiever Programme. A welcome to the Programme, as well as a professional session. Last year’s event focused on certificate presentations, student/employer handouts and creating an opportunity for successful candidates and employers to network. With a growing amount of feedback around the lack of professional etiquette and understanding of the industry, the careers engagement team introduced a short crash course to support and prepare the candidates for their placements. On the day we had 7 employers, 6 CA speakers, 4 Careers Engagement Team members and 16 students attend.

Achiever Programme statistics so far:

  • 4386 Applications in Australia and New Zealand
  • 514 Applications in Queensland
  • 326 Invited to Psychometric testing
  • 242 Invited to Video Interview
  • 173 Invited to Assessment Centre (s) / Phone Interviews
  • 29 placements in Queensland with a few more to be confirmed.
Achiever Programme - Welcome Ceremony

Upcoming Events in November

Thursday, 7 November YCA - Investing In shares 
 Friday, 8 November  Brisbane Foundations of Audit – Auditing Trade and Other Payables
 Thursday, 14 November  Brisbane Building Knowledge - Not for Profit
 Thursday, 14 November  Gold Coast Essential Tax Update
 Thursday, 14 November  Mackay Member Group
 Friday, 15 November  Brisbane Annual Charity Event – High Tea with RSPCA
 Monday, 18 November  Sharing Knowledge
 Tuesday, 19 November  Brisbane Business Valuations
 Wednesday, 20 November  Gold Coast Members Group
 Thursday, 21 November  Rockhampton Members Group
 Wednesday, 27 November  Townsville Members Group
 Thursday, 28 November  Cairns Members Group

Please contact the Queensland office for any further information or visit the CAANZ webstore to search regional events and more. 

Opportunities and updates

Celebrating Membership Milestones

This month our Queensland Council Chair Peter O’Regan was pleased to acknowledge 25, 40 and 50 year membership milestones for a number of members at the AGM in Brisbane. 

Celebrating Membership Milestones

The goal of this workshop is to simulate a real life audit engagement in auditing the trade and other payables section of a small audit. The aim is to apply professional scepticism and judgement to an audit area and successfully work as a team member of an audit engagement.Foundations of Audit is a facilitator-led workshop designed to give new members of audit teams the opportunity to practice their time management, communication, teamwork and stakeholder management skills.  Registration is closing soon so don’t miss out!

Bringing the World’s Big Sleep out to Brisbane

The WBSO is a global event aimed at solving world homelessness. On December 7th 50,000 people from across the globe will unify to sleep out across 50 cities. In Australia, PwC & CCIQ  have joined forces to bring this event to the Gabba. "We are aiming to have 3,000 people sleep out at The Gabba to raise over $800,000" says Debbie Smith PwC's Managing Partner.  Many of Brisbane's iconic organisations have come on board including RIO Tinto, Virgin Australia, EY, Sunsuper, BoQ and many more  - You can help by:

  1. Register you and/or your organisation to sleep out at
  2. Help spread the word of the WBSO through you own social media accounts
  3. Donate to a registered participant.

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