Date posted: 26/03/2019 2 min read

Tasmania Regional News March 2019

Find out what’s been happening in Tasmania.

In Brief

  • Regional Manager update
  • Upcoming events
  • Regional Chair update

Regional Manager Update

This month I’d like to acknowledge Duncan Pittard CA, who as you might know recently know left CA ANZ after nearly 15 years to join the Law Institute of Victoria as General Manager of Member Experience and Support. Duncan’s service to members, provisional members, employers, many different stakeholder groups, the profession as a whole and the team at the Melbourne office has been tireless and we are all better for and grateful for his commitment. Duncan, on behalf of the Tasmanian membership and the team of the Melbourne office, we wish you all the best for your next chapter and know that our paths will cross in the near future. 

Upcoming events

If you haven’t already seen the fantastic programs for our upcoming Accounting Conference (6 May) and Audit Conference (7&8 May) in Melbourne, I encourage you to take a look at the great session and speaker line-up. I recently saw Peter Williams of Deloitte Australia present on the “Ethics of AI” and I know his session on “Disruptive Innovation” at Accounting Conference will be entertaining and thought provoking!

As always, Tasmanian members are entitled to a 50% discount of the standard conference rate, so please use discount code TASREG19 when finalising your registration. More information about the conferences are available here:

Accounting Conference 2019

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Audit Conference 2019

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We also have an exciting line up of activities in Tasmania in April and I encourage you to keep an eye out for invitations or to search our Education Store for more information.

  • CA ANZ Certificate Presentation Ceremony and Member Networking Event at the Salamanca Inn on Thursday 4 April
  • Tax Sharing Knowledge update with CA ANZ Australian Tax Leader, Michael Croker on Tuesday 17April
  • CA Diversity Event: “Make a Societal Impact that Matters” hosted by Deloitte

Visit the store

Find out more about upcoming events in Tasmania

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As always, please feel free to share any feedback with me and I look forward to seeing you throughout the year.

Andrew Quinlan CA
Senior Account Manager – Victoria & Tasmania

Regional Chair Update

While temperatures have started to drop as we enter autumn following what can only be described as a scorching Tasmanian summer, the race for the Federal election has just started heating up. With this race come a host of commitments promising to improve our state.

At the end of February, Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrived in Hobart for the ceremonial signing of the City Deal, pledging $1.43 billion towards areas such as increased border services to allow for international flights, more affordable housing and improved transport options.

While the deal hasn't escaped criticism, it is nonetheless encouraging to see Tasmania receive significant Federal attention, and following Launceston's City Deal we can now boast to be the only state in Australia to have two cities afforded deals of this nature.

The challenge is now for all levels of Government to work together to ensure these projects are delivered in a manner which benefits the entire Tasmanian economy.

Speaking of the state economy, National Accounts figures were released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics earlier this month, with an estimate of Tasmania's State Final Demand showing our economy to be performing diligently and tracking much better than the economies of a number of other states.

These figures reflect Tasmania’s recent economic confidence, however as I wrote in an opinion piece published in The Mercury, they are also just one of a number of measures on which to judge the state's performance on.

With employment and retail growth tapering off and even visitor numbers starting to level out, it could point to a potential decrease in economic confidence and a slowdown in the economy as Tasmania comes back to the pack.

The state does remain strong on a number of fronts, especially household consumption and population growth, giving hope that Tasmania can enjoy a little more time in the economic sunshine. It will certainly be interesting to see what measures the State Government takes to keep us on track over the year ahead.

On another note, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome and congratulate Sophie Hill for becoming a full member of the Tasmanian Regional Council. Sophie has been the Council's Young Observer since November 2017 and having seen her flourish in this role it was an easy decision to accept the nomination for her to progress.

The Council strives to be representative of our members and Sophie's youthful insight will no doubt increase our capacity to serve the interests of the promising numbers of young accountants shaping the future of the profession in Tasmania.

In late February we met as a Council for the first time this year and had the pleasure of being joined by CA ANZ's Group Executive of Member Engagement Mark Rice. It was great to receive an update from Mark on new national member services while also having the opportunity to discuss a range of state-based initiatives to improve member value in Tasmania.

One outcome of these discussions was an agreement to host roundtable events across the state to provide an opportunity for members to connect with the Council and raise any topics you feel deserve our attention.

We hope to fill you in with some solid dates for these roundtables soon, but in the meantime if there is anything else you would like the Council's assistance with, please don't hesitate to contact me or another Council member.

Until next time
Lyndal Kimpton FCA

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