Date posted: 27/05/2019 4 min read

Queensland Regional Update May 2019

All the local news from the Queensland office.

In brief

  • Regional Chair update
  • Recap of last month's events
  • Upcoming events
  • Opportunities and updates

Regional Chair Update

Hello again.

The year seems to be flying by as we are nearly into June.

With the Federal Election out of the way we can now proceed with some certainty with regard to our tax & business advice to our clients.

A special thanks is in order, to our advocacy team especially those involved in the $3000 tax deduction cap issue – Michael Croker, Julia Quinn, Liz Stamford & Sarah Davidson all well done. This is an example of our team providing the advocacy our members are looking for.

By the time you all read this voting will have closed on the changes to our Charter & By Laws. I hope that you all participated in this process by voting as maximising member involvement in these decisions is very important in member-based organisations.

On other issues:

  • Michael Croker's tax update session is available at the Store or just follow the prompts in the information below.
  • You may have noticed that material is being distributed in relation to the Winter Tax Schools which start with Brisbane on 1 July & finish with Rockhampton on 26 August.

Of special note this year is that the Townsville Winter Tax School which is happening 15-16 July will be at a 50% discount for all attendees irrespective of where a member actually resides. This concession is in place to recognise the impact of the floods on Townsville and as a gesture from our organisation to the members in the Townsville region. This should appeal to the accountant in all of us!

I would urge as many Townsville members as possible attend as well as members from other regions and interstate. I know that last year a number of interstate members did attend and then carried on with golf and a reef trip.

There is also a dinner & certificate presentation ceremony on at "The Ville" in Townsville Sunday night which I urge all members to attend. Please note you will have to register for this event separately to the Tax Schools.

At each of the other Tax Schools being conducted around our state please note the associated networking events and register for them separately. They are good value and represent great opportunities to mix with fellow members from your region and often elsewhere as well as talk to any Councillors in attendance about issues concerning our organisation and how it services your needs etc. Please also look out for any dinners associated with these events as there are some additional ones apart from Townsville.

A final word on the awarding of Fellowships. The deadline for nominations is the end of July. You should follow this link for further information on the process. It would be very satisfying to see a number of new Fellows coming from Regional Queensland this year.


Penny Ellenger
Queensland Regional Manager

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Recap of last month’s events

Sharing Knowledge Session: Tax Update with Michael Croker

The recorded presentation from Michael Croker's Sharing Knowledge, Tax Update Session held on April 29 and 30 is now available. Please click the link below to login to view the recording. Please note the password is Tax0419.

Tax Update with Michael Croker

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CA's catalysing start-ups at Fishburners in Brisbane

CA Catalyst hosted a panel of experts as well as a community of scale-up businesses, to provide members with practical advice to explore how Chartered Accountants can play a hands-on role in driving success within start-ups and growing small medium enterprises.

CA Catalyst QLD

Upcoming events

Key Events in June 2019

Date Event
Tue 04 Sharing Knowledge Brisbane
Update with CA ANZ Business Reform Leader (Advocacy & Professional Standing) Karen McWilliams FCA
Wed 05 CA Program – Welcome to Term 2 Brisbane
Webinar available Thursday 30th May 2019 14:30-15:30 AEST
Tue 11 Toowoomba Members Group
Thu 13 Mackay Members Group
Fri 14 SMSF Day Brisbane
Tue 18 Southside Members Group
Wed 19 Gold Coast Members Group
Thu 20 Gold Coast YCA Networking event
Fri 21 Sharing Knowledge Brisbane
Update with CAANZ Assurance & Reporting Leader Amir Ghandar
Wed 26 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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Registrations for Winter Tax & Super School are now open!

Coming to a location near you!

Our annual Tax & Super Schools are once again running throughout regional Queensland centres, and once again they are to be facilitated by our resident Tax guru James McPhedran. Register now for your fix of all things new in Tax and Super.

This year in support of the Townsville economy, we are encouraging those who might be interested in attending the Townsville School to register and take advantage of a 50% discount – and to perhaps make a weekend of it up on Magnetic Island, take in a visit to Reef HQ and enjoy the many attractions Townsville has to offer.

Schools are also running as in previous years in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Mackay & Cairns – hope to see you there!

Opportunities and updates

Meet your new Account Manager, Practice Segment - Qld

Nigel Sherborne has recently been appointed as the Account Manager, Practice Segment – Queensland for CAANZ. Nigel will be a key point of contact for all Queensland based accountancy practices. Nigel is a current CA having spent 11 years with Deloitte and BDO before taking up Senior Management/Executive roles within commerce for the past 10+ years. He has wide experience in Sales/Business Development, Management, Import/Distribution, Technology, Manufacturing and Finance in the Mining, Construction, Automotive, Wholesale and Accountancy sectors across a range of regions and businesses in Australia and New Zealand.


The cut off for 2019 Fellowship nominations is the end of July – now is the time to nominate a CA peer to be recognised for their professional achievements throughout their career, or for their significant contribution to the community or the profession. For further details, eligibility and to download the nomination form, please visit the fellowships page on the website.

Fellowship Nomination

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Resources & Energy Qld communities

The Resources and Energy Community here in Queensland was launched on Friday 17 May. The kick-off event was a fantastic success thanks to our wonderful panel Adriaan Esterhuizen (AngloAmerican), David Connolly (Shell) and Peter Scott (EnergyQueensland), who shared their views on the future of finance within the sector. Thank you to our Corporate Partners and their representatives who helped with all the preparation. Shane Simmons, Melanie Gin, Mike Hutchens, Darren Timms, Alice Mckavanagh, Kara Smith, Brent Thomson, Luke Hutchinson, Leica Thornbury, Akua Agyei, Andrew Eaton and Toni Gordon and also to our amazing events team Rachael Hopkins and Meghan Lloyd.

Future of Trust

Geraldine Magarey FCA, joined us in Brisbane to share the latest CA ANZ paper on the Future of Trust with the finance team at Santos, the finance team at QIC, Gold Coast Travel community as well as the Executives at the QAO, at 4 separate in-house events.

So Brave

So Brave - Australia's Young Women's Breast Cancer Charity is seeking a pro bono auditor for our 2018/19 FY financial statements for our annual reporting requirements to the Qld Office of Fair Trading and WA Charitable Collections Advisory Committee. Please contact Penny Ellenger for more information.

So Brave

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Four steps for a smooth workers' compensation policy renewal

WorkCover Queensland's workers' compensation policy renewal season starts 1 July. There are plenty of helpful tips and advice available to make calculating your clients' premiums easy and transparent, follow the link below for further information.

WorkCover Queensland’s workers’ compensation policy

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