Date posted: 26/10/2022

Tasmanian Council Update – October 2022

Mark Leis FCA, Chair Tasmanian Council, provides an update on behalf of the CA ANZ Tasmanian Council

In Brief

  • Michael Croker tax update
  • Meeting with Minister for Skills, Training and Workforce Growth, Felix Ellis MP
  • Welcome new Councillor
  • Young Professionals Network of Tasmania

Dear Tasmanian CAs,

I hope you are all faring well as we enter the final quarter of another year that has seemingly flown by.

It's been fascinating to watch the news regarding Optus recently, and you would be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t have a friend, colleague or family member affected by the recent data breach. While a breach of that size was unprecedented in Australia, cyber security is certainly an emerging issue for businesses of all sizes, and something that as trusted advisors, CAs should be prepared for discussion about.

With the accounting profession growing increasingly reliant on online system raising the likelihood of an attack relating to our work, CA ANZ has developed a Cyber security resource pack including baseline security checks and the cyber security playbook for SMEs, which contains information, tools and resources to proactively protect your business or clients.

Michael Croker tax update

I’d like to thank all members who took the time out of their busy schedules last month to join us for a tax update from CA ANZ's Tax Leader Michael Croker in Hobart. As usual, Michael was incredibly insightful and engaging as he provided us with an update on the latest policy developments, engagements with the ATO and upcoming tax legislative changes on the horizon.

It was also great to be able to share a drink, a chat, and a bite to eat with him, and a strong group of Tasmanian members after the presentation. If you couldn’t make it along, I look forward to seeing you at the next event!

Meeting with Minister for Skills, Training and Workforce Growth, Felix Ellis MP

This month, members of the Tasmanian Council and I were grateful to meet with Minister for Skills, Training and Workforce Growth, Felix Ellis MP to discuss the current and future workforce challenges affecting accounting businesses, as well as business and workplaces more broadly. 

As many of you would have experienced if you’ve been looking to hire recently, there are significant challenges facing many businesses and professions in this space. While all levels of government have a big task ahead in addressing these challenges, it was great to be able to share some specific issues relating to accounting in Tasmania with the Minister.

We are committed to advocating on behalf of our membership. If there's an issue you would like to raise with us that you think needs attention, please reach out to us.

Welcome new Councillor, Natalia Svetlova CA

It is my pleasure to introduce you to your newest CA ANZ Tasmanian Councillor Natalia Svetlova CA. Natalia is a Relationship Executive at Commonwealth Bank and will join us from 1 January 2023 after successfully nominating for one of Council's elected positions.

One casual vacancy remains for another Tasmanian member to join the Council from 1 January 2023. As I’ve mentioned before this is a fantastic opportunity to build your skills and networks while giving back to the profession. I would encourage you all to think about applying, particularly if you are looking for new ways to enhance your careers.

Young Professionals Network of Tasmania

CA ANZ has recently been working behind the scenes to help re-establish the Young Professionals Network of Tasmania, which entered a period of hiatus brought on by the pandemic. Groups such as this provide great opportunities for young members to connect with likeminded individuals and build new networks along with their own careers.

If you are, or know a young professional who might be interested, the group will be holding a casual networking drinks in Hobart on Wednesday, 16 November from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Salamanca Inn. For more information, please keep an eye out on the CA ANZ Tasmanian Members Group Facebook page.

As always, if there's anything the Tasmanian Council can help with, please get in touch with us via [email protected].

Until next time,

Mark Leis FCA 
Chair, CA ANZ Tasmanian Council  

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