- Regional Chair update
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Regional Chair update
We are in the busy time of the year for CAANZ engagement and training activity.
I shall provide below some brief commentary around the events I have attended as State Chair.
Over the period 7 & 8 June we were able to bring both the Qld Regional Council & the national Regional and Rural Advisory Council (RRAC) to Rockhampton.
Acknowledgement must go to Penny & the Qld team, Catherine Kennedy from CAANZ Sydney who has oversight of the RRAC committee, and Sarah Becker, a local Rockhampton practitioner and member of both Qld Regional Council and RRAC for bringing this all together in such a successful manner.
In addition to holding our regular Qld Regional Council meeting, the RRAC held a members' engagement day with a "Managing the Banking Relationship" panel session as a centrepiece. In addition, we had a session on mental health and a 'town hall' style forum for attendees and other local members to discuss any issues they would like to raise with CAANZ. The engagement event was very well attended as was the networking event afterwards.
One of the keys to the success of these events I believe, is the involvement of local members and businesses (in this case banks & primary producers) on the panel discussion for the centrepiece subject and then local practitioners and members on the panel for the "town hall" session.
On 14 July, together with Stephen Walker our President I attended the Townsville Certificate Presentation Ceremony & dinner at The Ville. This was a well-attended event for a regional centre with close to 65 members and their families attending and a great night of recognition for our new members, merit award recipients and new practising certificate holders.
Over the 15 & 16 July the Townsville Winter Tax School was held with about 20 attendees. Whilst it would have been good to have a higher number those attending all spoke positively about both the content and the conduct of the school. Of interest and delight to me was the attendance of a couple of regular visitors to NQ from Melbourne – nothing like doing a bit of CPD and getting away from the southern winter.
Both of our Victorian visitors added considerable colour & humour to these days – despite suffering a bit on the second day after a visit to the casino! Perhaps we should more actively promote our NQ Winter Tax schools to members in NSW & Victoria, as a CPD opportunity and a winter break in our beautiful sunny north.
Recap of events
Winter Tax and Super Schools
The Tax Schools kicked off on Monday 1st July. Brisbane, Townsville, Gold Coast and Toowoomba have taken place and feedback has been very positive around the learning outcomes and the high level of applicability of the case studies. There are 4 more sessions to take place next month in August, so if you have not yet registered and wish to secure your place, book online now.
Over the past week, the QLD Careers Engagement team attended the Business Educators' Association of Queensland Conference (BEAQ) which is an association of business educators in Queensland. The Conference ran over two days, Friday 19th and Saturday 20th July 2019. The Friday consisted of 15 Educators coming to the Chartered Accountants ANZ office to interact in a panel discussion with industry professionals. The discussion surrounded the changes to the industry and ways to incorporate it into the classroom especially the new curriculum in Queensland. On the Saturday, Chartered Accountants ANZ team attended the conference at the Convention Centre in Brisbane where 350 Business Educators from across Queensland gathered. The conference was a great success with over 73 Signups to the Chartered Accountants ANZ Educator newsletter. Overall, the interaction across both days at the BEAQ conference was a success and feedback was very positive especially around the panel discussion and the interactive stall.
Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Conference 2019
Between the 7th and 9th of July the Chartered Accountants ANZ team, which included members of the Careers Engagement, Carers Marketing and Education teams, attended the 59th Annual Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Conference which was held at the Sofitel Brisbane. The conference saw over 300 delegates from the Tertiary space including 76 first timers who attended the Chartered Accountants ANZ first timer networking drinks.
Throughout the conference, Chartered Accountants ANZ drew an interactive discussion through the conversation wall, which captured data from over 96 delegates. Content generated off the back of these discussions will be shared in the Youunlimited Educator newsletter in October. Overall, the conference was a great way to engage with Academics in the Tertiary space.
Townsville Certificate Presentation Ceremony
The townsville Certificate presentation ceremony took place Sunday 14th July at The Ville. We celebrated the achievements of 12 New Members, 3 certificates of Public Practice, 3 merit award recipients and an amazing 40 year milestone recipient in Dr Richard Lane FCA. Congratulations!
Key Events in August 2019
|Mon 05 Aug||Cairns Certificate Presentation Ceremony and Members Dinner|
|Mon 05 Aug – Tue 06 Aug||Cairns Winter Tax and Super School|
|Tue 06 Aug||Mackay Young Professional joint collaboration event with CPAA|
|Thu 15 Aug||Gold Coast Essential Tax Update (Quarterly session)|
|Thu 15 Aug – Fri 16 Aug||Mackay Winter Tax and Super School|
|Wed 21 Aug||Brisbane Forensic Accounting Breakfast|
|Wed 21 Aug||Gold Coast Members Group|
|Thu 22 Aug – Fri 23 Aug||Sunshine Coast Winter Tax and Super School|
|Mon 26 Aug – Tue 27 Aug||Rockhampton Winter Tax and Super School|
|Wed 28 Aug||Sunshine Coast Members Group|
Please contact the Queensland office for any further information or visit the CAANZ webstore to search regional events and more.
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Regional Employer Provisions on QLD Payroll Tax
The regional employer provisions on Payroll Tax and what this means for Queensland businesses has been explained in the article linked below, posted Friday 19th July. This article covers topical areas of interest for Queensland workers, for example FIFO workers and medicos based in South-East Qld who fly into regional practices to work.