Date posted: 17/04/2019 3 min read

Victoria Regional Update April 2019

Find out what's been happening in Victoria.

In brief

  • Regional Manager update
  • Recap of last month's events
  • Upcoming events

Regional Manager Update

Dear members

I've recently been offered and accepted the role of Regional Manager – Victoria and Tasmania at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and I look forward to continue to serve you and your fellow CA ANZ members. For those of you I haven't met as yet, I look forward to the opportunity to do so.

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For those of you I haven’t met as yet, I look forward to the opportunity to do so and please send me an email with any of your comments or feedback.

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I’m pleased to share the update from the March Victorian Regional Council meeting chaired by Deputy Chair, Peter Fromont. Our newly appointed Councillor, Deanne Firth joined the meeting and Councillors were also joined by Liz Stamford, CA ANZ’s General Manager of Australian Regions. 

Liz provided an update on the recent CA ANZ Governance Planning day, the current focus on the member complaints process and the great State Government advocacy and Social Media work that is underway by all State Councils.

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If you have any feedback on these or other issues you’d like to share with Councillors, please send an email.

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Recap of last months events

On Thursday 11 April, CA ANZ hosted a very successful Victorian Practice Forum at Stone & Chalk, Docklands featuring sessions on CA Catalyst, What the Banking Royal Commission recommendations mean for accountants, Protecting your business from data breaches and a panel discussion on the office environment of the future. Thanks to our fantastic line-up of speakers, all our members and guests for attending and thanks to Stone & Chalk for hosting us in such fantastic facilities.

On Tuesday 16 April, CA ANZ Australian Tax Leader, Michael Croker provided a Sharing Knowledge Tax Update to members. Michael's presentation covered the key tax measures announced in the 2019 Federal Budget, the tax policies of the major parties for the upcoming Federal Election, as well as the ATO assurance work and the compliance activities of the Tax Practitioners Board, the Chartered Accountants ANZ approach to tax advocacy and the current consultation agenda with the ATO. Thanks to Michael for a great update and to all our members for attending.

On Wednesday 17 April, Andrew Eddie, Director of uptapped group hosted a Building Knowledge session for members and guests on Neurodiversity at work. Andrew highlighted the importance of having diversity of perspectives and thinking styles in creating competitive advantage. Andrew also discussed the Neurodiversity Hub initiative which is being implemented at various universities around Australia and overseas to help neurodiverse students become more work ready and to help employers to better understand and access this cohort's talent for their business. Thanks to Andrew for a great session and all our members and guests for attending.

On Monday 29 April, CA ANZ Business Reform Leader, Karen McWilliams provided a Sharing Knowledge Business Reform Update to members. Karen’s presentation covered the key areas of CA ANZ policy platform and advocacy work, more about Australia’s modern slavery bills, climate risk disclosures, the role of finance in sustainability as well as insights from the International Federation of Accountants on the finance professional and finance function of the future and how accountants can drive effective risk management. Thanks to Karen for a great update and to all our members for attending.

Upcoming events

We have an exciting line up of activities in May including Sharing Knowledge and Building Knowledge sessions and our Young CA Networking function. I encourage you to keep an eye out for invitations or to search our Education Store for more information.

Education Store

I encourage you to keep an eye out for invitations or to search our Education Store for more information.

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As always, please feel free to share any feedback with me about your membership and I look forward to seeing you throughout 2019.

Andrew Quinlan CA
Regional Manager – Victoria & Tasmania

Regional Chair Update

We are now one third of the way through the year and heading towards the end of the financial year – how time flies. Regional Council has had two meetings so far this year and Councillors are busy connecting with the various advisory panels we have in Victoria as well as linking in with Discussion Groups and members within their networks.

A key focus this year, as in every other year is to engage with the membership and hear members’ concerns and ideas as to how the organisation can support all members and the diverse areas in which we all work. Members are encouraged to share their thoughts and constructive ideas with new Regional Manager, Victoria and Tasmania, Andrew Quinlan.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Andrew on his promotion to his new role and I know from working closely with him over the past few years that Andrew brings to his new role a passionate commitment to delivering a top quality service to the Victorian membership.

Members will have received messages from our president, Stephen Walker FCA and Chair of the Board, Murray Jack FCA announcing the upcoming member vote on a proposal to update and streamline the organisation’s governance structures and relevant constitutional documents. I’d encourage everyone to read the Explanatory Memorandum which explains both the proposed changes as well as the process by which the proposal was developed and endorsed by the CA ANZ Council and the Board.

Effective governance structures are important for any organisation and this vote provides members with an opportunity to update structures which reflect the diversity of the membership, whilst retaining the important oversight of the Board by the CA ANZ Council which is composed entirely of CA ANZ members, elected by members, representing the interests of the membership as a whole.

Finally, congratulations to our new Victorian Fellows who received their FCA certificates at a presentation evening last month – checkout the photograph on the CA ANZ Victorian members Facebook page.