Date posted: 13/12/2019 5 min read

Victoria regional news

Find out what's been happening in Victoria.

In brief

  • Regional Manager's report
  • Recap of events and Upcoming events
  • Regional Chair update

Regional Manager update

Dear members

Welcome to the final edition of "Insight", updating you on recent and forthcoming activities in Victoria.

As I mentioned in my September article, the Victorian CA Advisory Group is keen to share more about the support available to members and I encourage you to watch the videos to find out more about the support available from the group.

Some of the common queries the group receive include:

  • Pressure to act unethically
  • Knowledge of fraud or inappropriate conduct
  • Practice management issues
  • Career guidance questions
  • Decision to join or purchase a practice
  • Partnership problems (relationship or financial)
  • Conflict of interest
  • Disputes between clients
  • Succession planning
  • CA disciplinary process

I also encourage you to read these great articles which also refer to ways that the CA Advisory Group can assist:

Your contact with the group is dealt with in the strictest confidence and if you would like to speak with a CA Advisory Group member please email me at any time.

Victorian Council and Member Advisory Panels
I'd like to thank the many members who make such an important contribution to Chartered Accountants ANZ and the membership in Victoria - these members play a critical role on behalf of all Chartered Accountants in Victoria, providing expert advice and guidance to management about issues that are important to the whole membership.
The 2019 Victorian Council members are:

  • Charles McNeill FCA (Chair)
  • Peter Fromont FCA (Deputy Chair)
  • Duncan Honore-Morris FCA
  • Julia Langdon FCA
  • Shannon Sidaway CA
  • Liz Smith FCA
  • David Thompson FCA
  • Deanne Firth FCA
  • Sam Sargood CA (Young Observer)

I'd also like to thank two of our retiring councillors for their contributions to the Council – Charles McNeill (Councillor for 6 years and Outgoing Chair) and Julia Langdon (Councillor for 9 years and Past Chair). Your contributions on behalf of members have been immense and are very much appreciated.
Victorian Member Advisory Panels – there are too many to mention by name, however I'd like to thank everyone involved for their continued support and recognise their Chairs for their leadership and guidance:

  • Victorian Chartered Accountants Advisory Group – David Gibbs FCA
  • Victorian Corporate Advisory Panel – Anjali Ilsley FCA
  • Victorian Public Practice Panel – Nick Corbo CA
  • Victorian Public Sector Panel – Penny Hutchinson FCA
  • Victorian Diversity and Inclusion Panel – Liz Smith FCA
  • Victorian Young Chartered Accountants Panel – Sam Sargood CA

I'd also like to recognise and thank the team in the Chartered Accountants ANZ Melbourne office for their continued outstanding work on behalf of the members in Victoria during 2019, delivering a series of high quality events and support to all of our members:

  • The Regional Office and Event Delivery team – Elaine Coghlan, Rachel Dearsley, Sarah Martin, Danielle Falso, Tess Murray, Nathan Meyer, Bryn Tan and David Cardenas
  • Account Managers - Vanessa Nagamany, Anthony Ross, Justin Naumovski and Theresa Mitchell
  • Careers Engagement – Nicole Marrier, Lachlan Turner, Ben Jones and Jesse Spehar
  • Education – Simon Hann, Robyn Le Grew, Kelly Griffiths, Kelly Jajewski, Lisa Thomas, Marissa Morris, Michael Tan, Michelle Ryan, Paul Cirak, Peter McGinty, Shruti Goyal and Arun Pradhun
  • Advocacy – Melanie Scott

Recap of last month’s events

On Monday 2 December we recognised our Provisional Members who achieved CA Program module results that place them in the top 5% of candidates at our Merit Presentation evening. It was great to see so many family and friends at the event and thanks to Sam Sargood CA, outgoing Chair of the Victorian Young CA Panel for hosting the evening.

Upcoming events

As mentioned last month, we have some great member events in early 2020 including a CA Program Welcome Event on 29 January, our 80th Annual Golf Day on 17 February and a Mentally Healthy Workplaces update from beyond blue also in February. 

The are hoping to make the Golf Day bigger and better than ever because next year is also the Centenary year of the Commonwealth Golf Club. There have been many organisations take out the prestigious trophy over the years and it would be great to see as many of our members and your guests/clients at the event next year. Please see our Education Store for more details.

Andrew Quinlan CA
Regional Manager - Victoria & Tasmania

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Golf Day

Sporting Series: Victorian 80th Annual Golf Tournament

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Regional Chair update

Another year almost over and with it comes the end of my second year as Chair of the Victorian Regional Council and in fact the end of my tenure on Regional Council.

It has been a great pleasure to serve the membership over the past six years and it's been a great honour to have had the opportunity to lead a group of members on Regional Council who are passionate about driving outcomes in the best interests of members in Victoria and indeed across the globe.

I'd like to thank my fellow councillors, members of advisory panels, participants in discussion groups, CA ANZ management and the team in the Melbourne office who have been a source of ideas, support and challenge during the year as we all worked to try to ensure that CA ANZ continues on a path of improving its service and support for the Victorian membership.

At the final Regional Council meeting of the year, we heard from chairs of advisory groups looking after the interests of members in the Corporate, Public Practice and Public Sector segments of the membership as well as chairs of the Diversity & Inclusion and Young Chartered Accountants Panels who operate across all member segments. I am always impressed by the amount of work done throughout the year by members on these Panels, be it organising events for members, advocating on issues important to members or providing challenge and support to CA ANZ management on a range of matters.

We also heard a valuable update from David Gibbs FCA who leads the Chartered Accountants Advisory Group (CAAG). CAAG provides a vital service to members in need of support on a range of issues, including ethical, career, disciplinary and wellbeing.

Newly appointed Councillors Peter Dikranis FCA, Vartika Kalapala CA and Sam Sargood CA were introduced to Regional Council and I have no doubt that they will make a strong contribution to the work of Regional Council over the coming years.

Peter Fromont FCA will take over as Regional Council chair from 1 January 2020. Peter has been Deputy Chair for the past year and been involved in Council activities since the merger of ICAA and NZICA. He will provide strong leadership and guidance to Council over the next two years and, as well as thanking Peter for his support to date, I wish him well in this important role.

Early in the New Year, Peter and the other Regional Councillors will land on key focus areas for Council during 2020 and if there are any matters which you think Council should focus on, please don't hesitate to share your thoughts with Regional Manager Victoria and Tasmania, Andrew Quinlan in the CA ANZ Melbourne office (

Finally, I'd like to wish all CA ANZ members in Victoria a very Happy Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year and hope that everyone has an opportunity to connect with family and friends over the holiday period, recharge your batteries and come back ready to seize any opportunities which present themselves in 2020.

Charles McNeill FCA
Chair – CA ANZ Victorian Regional Council

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