Date posted: 26/11/2018 4 min read

Queensland Regional News November 2018

All the local news from the Queensland office.

In Brief

  • What's been happening in Queensland
  • Opportunities and Updates
  • Young Regional Advocate - Elisha Caffery

Find out what’s been happening in Queensland

Recent events

During the past month, members have been very busy supporting us in a number of areas.Our annual High Tea was held in support of Dementia Australia, which is one of CAANZ corporate charity partners. Some 40 people joined us for a beautiful afternoon of bubbles, great music and sumptuous tasty treats.

What was particularly interesting were the useful insights shared by Dr Liz Cyarto, a senior research fellow at the Bolton Clarke Research Institute and Caylie Field, a manager at the Centre for Dementia Learning QLD with Dementia Australia. Together with the use of VR (Virtual Reality) goggles, guests were able to really appreciate what it is like to experience life as a dementia sufferer. It was a really lovely afternoon and it was well received by all who attended. Our generous guests raised $1235 to support Dementia Australia through raffle ticket sales and a donation included in their ticket price.

Guests raised $1235 to support Dementia Australia.

Future of Business Lunch

More than 75 guests registered to attend our recent Future of Business luncheon, which featured Michael Flanderka of Data Interactive who delivered a session on the practical application of RPA (robotic process automation) in today's finance function. Some of the mystery and apprehension around the theme of automation was eased for attendees, as they heard from Michael who covered an enormous amount of ground. This included what can be easily automated and how finance professionals should go about identifying the most appropriate functions to automate. The session was highly anticipated and Michael did not disappoint.


75 guests registered to attend our recent Future of Business luncheon.

Membership Milestones in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg

This month our Queensland Council Chair Richard Wanstall was pleased to acknowledge 25 and 40 year membership milestones for a number of members in Hervey Bay. Taking the opportunity while hosting a members’ lunch on the Fraser Coast, Alan Birch was available in person to be presented with his certificate and pin by Richard on 16 November. Later that evening in Bundaberg, Richard was pleased to be able to present a 25 year milestone certificate and pin to Bradley Grogan, Bundaberg Regional Group Chair, at our members’ dinner event.

Alan Birch FCA presented with his 40 year milestone certificate at the Hervey Bay Members Dinner.

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Opportunities and Updates

Seeking New Panel Members for the Queensland Public Practice Panel

We Want YOU! Your Membership, Your Voice, Our Mission. If you are interested in assisting CA ANZ to shape the future of public practice in Queensland, join the Queensland Public Practice Panel.

Use your expertise and passion to inform and create CA ANZ’s policy and advocacy agenda, training and development programs and engagement initiatives.

We are currently seeking applications from all corners of the Queensland Public Practice community.

For more information, contact our Queensland Practice Segment Account Manager, Rhoda Tumusiime on 3233 6521 or via email.

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Young Regional Advocate - Elisha Caffery

In 2018, the Queensland Regional Council has nominated Elisha Caffery (nee Moore) as the Queensland Young Regional Advocate and for the President's Prize Award for 2018. Elisha currently serves on the Queensland Regional Council and Queensland Public Practice Panel, and she is one of our most engaged young members, who is an incredibly strong advocate for CA ANZ and the profession with the current and future Chartered Accountants here in Queensland.

Having recently become a parent for the first time, she has returned to her professional role as a Manager with Hoffman Kelly Chartered Accountants, in addition to serving as Treasurer on QPEC (a non-profit business education program provider to high school students). Elisha demonstrates all the qualities of a high-achieving female professional, contributing across her professional, personal and community roles.

Elisha's previous service as member and then Chair on the Queensland Young CA committee (2013-2017), greatly assisted CAANZ in the development of the Queensland program of effective and successful networking and career support events, as well as supporting the activities of the Queensland Careers Engagement in both on and off-campus campaigns.

Elisha receives a certificate from the Queensland Regional Council Chair and a letter of congratulations from the President Jane Stanton, and is in the running to be awarded the 2018 President's Prize for Young Members under 35. Congratulations Elisha!

Small Business Entrepreneur Grants

The Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program is now open for applications. Grants of up to $5000 are available to help small businesses engage a consultant, advisor or business coach for up to three months and businesses choose their own consultant or advisor to work with.

To be eligible the business must:

  • have a business name registered within the last four years;
  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant;
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN);
  • have a Queensland headquarters;
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

To apply visit the Small Business Entrepreneur Grants website.

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For further information

Phone 17 74 68 or send an email.

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