Date posted: 26/11/2018 3 min read

Tasmania Regional News November 2018

Find out what’s been happening in Tasmania.

In Brief

  • Update from Regional Manager Duncan Pittard
  • Update from Tasmania Chair Paul Breen

Tasmanian Regional Council

The Council had a great discussion at its October meeting with the Advocacy & Professional Standing team about local advocacy opportunities that will form part of our strategy for 2019 and beyond.

Building a local framework of opportunities, issues and concerns on behalf of the Tasmanian membership will also play a key role in guiding the organisations overall advocacy strategy.

While the Council has made a start on targeting local issues, I also wanted to encourage the broader membership in Tasmania to let me know if there is anything you'd like us to focus on.

If you’d like to do so, please get in touch via email.

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2018 President's Prize

The President's Prize recognises a member under the age of 35 who has made a significant contribution to the profession and the community. The winner is chosen from the Young Regional Advocates selected by their respective Regional Councils and overseas committees.

I'm delighted to confirm that the Tasmanian Young Regional Advocate for 2018 is Julia Farrell CA. Julia has made a significant contribution to the profession through her long term role on the Launceston Chamber of Commerce & Industry's Tasmanian Northern Young Professionals Network and the Tax Institute's Launceston Young Tax Professionals Discussion Group. She has also presented at a number of conferences and seminars for the Tax Institute and Westpac's Ruby Connection (Women's Network).

Julia has also made an important contribution to the Community via her involvement in the, “illuminate: nextgen Challenge,” membership of the Northern Young Professionals Network, providing business networking and professional development for young professionals in Northern Tasmania, Harvest Market Launceston and Farmers Market and Greyhound Adoption Program Tasmania.

The overall winner will be selected by the CA ANZ President and Vice Presidents from among the Young Regional Advocates and will be announced in early December.

2018 Annual Report

The 2018 Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand Annual Report was published on 31 October and is available for download.

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Professional Standards Roadshow

We had a great turnout of members in Hobart and Launceston at our recent roadshow events.

The focus for the session was to update members on how the Professional Standards can help members, as well as share the results of our annual data from our quality reviews, conduct cases, members’ claims and Chartered Accountants Advisory Group (CAAG referrals). We also discussed important areas for practices to focus on including engagement letters, conflicts of interest, books and records and CPP compliance. Other topics for discussion included, the Professional Standards Scheme, CPD, Code of Ethics, NOCLAR and amended standards and regulations As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any issues you would like to raise, and I look forward to seeing you at a Chartered Accountants ANZ function or event in the very near future.

Duncan Pittard
Regional Manager - Victoria & Tasmania

Paul Breen, Tasmania Chair Update

They say that as you get older, the years seem to go by faster. And while I thought I was ageing quite gracefully, perhaps not, as I was shocked to realise when writing this that we have already reached the middle of November.

As we approach the end of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Tasmanian Regional Council and all CA ANZ Tasmanian members for their support during 2018. As always, it has been an honour to serve as Chair and I look forward to another successful year ahead for the organisation in 2019. The end of the year is often a time to take stock and reflect.

Events of Note

Committee for Economic Development of Australia’s (CEDA) Tasmania State of the State event

This year, the CA ANZ Tasmanian Division was proud to sponsor an event that takes a look at how Tasmania is tracking - CEDA's Tasmania State of the State event.

The 23 November event featured a keynote address from Premier Will Hodgman on Tasmania's performance, where the state's priorities lie and how these will impact businesses and organisations in the year ahead.

In sponsoring this event, CA ANZ had the opportunity to raise the organisation's profile in Tasmania and contribute to the discussion with other industry leaders and decision makers about how we can move our state forward.

Tasmania Council Elections

In local happenings, the make-up of 28 of Tasmania’s 29 councils were decided this month, with a few surprises, including the Lord Mayor of the state's capital city missing out on being elected for any seat on the Hobart City Council.

Perhaps more surprising is the fact that we as a state still have 29 councils for a population of around 500,000 people, with duplication of services in similar areas potentially costing our communities and business tens of millions of dollars each year.

Events for 2019

The Tasmanian Regional Council is currently planning our activities for 2019 and beyond. One of our key themes will be highlighting state-based advocacy issues that we can leverage our and the organisation's expertise and professional standing as accountants to advocate for change in, in order to benefit businesses and the community in the state.

The possible amalgamation of local councils is one of a number of topics we have discussed at recent council meetings - if there are any other issues in Tasmania you believe CA ANZ could advocate for change in, please feel free to get in contact with me or another Council member.

Young Observer

Continuing with the Tasmanian Regional Council introductions, this month I would like to acquaint you with the Council’s Young Observer, Sophie Hill.

With a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Sophie has worked as a Financial Analyst at the Department of Treasury and Finance since 2013 after cutting her accounting teeth at Deloitte.

Sophie was selected to be a Young Observer in September 2017 through the Council’s association with the Young Professionals Network of Tasmania, of which Sophie is a Committee Delegate. It has been a breath of fresh air having Sophie's youthful perspective at our meetings, providing balance to the Council and invaluable insight into how we as an organisation can better connect with the emerging generation of CAs.

I look forward to seeing her continued progression and I am certain such a bright and enthusiastic mind will be a valuable contributor to our profession in Tasmania for many years to come. As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch if there is any matter you would like the Councils assistance with, or opinion on.

Until next time,
Paul Breen FCA

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