Date posted: 21/08/2018 5 min read

Victoria Regional Update August 2018

Find out what’s been happening in Victoria

In brief

  • Events wrap up
  • Upcoming events

Recap of last month’s events/activity:

Thought Leadership Paper

CA ANZ has just released a new paper in conjunction with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Singapore, focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ethics, titled Machines can learn, but what will we teach them?" The paper provides insights into how AI is revolutionising our world but not necessarily helping us flourish as human beings. It recognises that while AI brings with it a range of ethical considerations, they should not be left to the tech giants to decide. Importantly, we also look into the role the accounting profession has to play in shaping how AI is integrated into businesses in a socially responsible way.

The paper is available for download at here

Chartered Accountants Advisory Group (CAAG)

I wanted to highlight once again the important work done by the Victorian Chartered Accountants Advisory Group (CAAG) and once more thank the members for their continued service to the Victorian membership. For those members not aware of CAAG, they provide counselling and support for CAs facing ethical dilemmas or weighing career decisions.
The Victorian CAAG is chaired by David Gibbs FCA and consists of a local panel of experienced, senior CAs with a broad cross-section of public practice, business and public sector experience offering guidance for fellow members. They provide advice and support to CA ANZ members on professional and ethical matters. The service is free and all discussions are strictly confidential.
If you would like to know more about CAAG or refer a query to the group, please email me at

Upcoming events

World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) – Sydney, 5 _ 8 November 2018

Preparations for the World Congress of Accountants, co-hosted by CA ANZ and CPA Australia in Sydney from the 5-8 November 2018 are underway, with the speaker program now finalised and available on the WCOA 2018 website.

Held every four years, the event will attract approximately 6,000 accountants from more than 130 countries to Sydney to hear world-class speakers and leaders from the finance and business community. The speakers at WCOA 2018 include:

  • Ban Ki-moon – United Nations former Secretary General
  • Chris Jordan FCA – Australian Commissioner of Taxation (ATO)
  • Holly Ransom – Emergent CEO
  • Bernard Salt – The Demographics Group Managing Director
  • Sir Ken Robinson - Internationally acclaimed expert on creativity and innovation and presenter of the number one most viewed TED Talk in history.

The World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) is a momentous event for the global accountancy profession, and is a chance to engage with visionaries and leaders and bring your own expertise to the fore on the world stage.

More events

  • Merit Certificate Presentation – 30 August 2018
  • Strategies for Success – 5 September 2018
  • Asialink event - Mapping the Chinese investment landscape in Australia – 6 September 2018
  • National SMSF Conference 2018 – 18 _19 September 2018

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any issues you would like to raise. 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

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