Date posted: 16/07/2018 5 min read

Victoria Regional Update July 2018

Updates on the recent and upcoming activities in Victoria

In brief

  • Regional Chair Update
  • Regional Manager Update

Regional Chair Update 

A new financial year already – traditionally a busy time of year for our profession. Although the notion of a “busy season” for practitioners and corporate accountants has all but disappeared from the landscape with everyone seemingly busy all year round with all the challenges and opportunities the modern business world presents.

Having said that, there will be a large number of our fellow Chartered Accountants and CA Program participants, who will see an uplift in activity over the 30 June audit and reporting season and we should all be mindful of the pressures over that time.  

As you are closing the books, drafting or auditing financial statements and regulatory returns while meeting deadlines to the highest standards of quality, I urge everyone to look after their wellbeing.

Don’t forget, if the going gets tough, CA ANZ partner beyondblue can provide resources and advice to help you with any stress and anxiety you find difficult to manage. 

Recap of Events

The Regional Council met in late June and heard an update from CEO Rick Ellis on the progress of the initiatives from the Strategic Review.

Council members also took the opportunity to provide feedback to Rick on a number of topics, which was informed by Council’s consultation with Victorian members. Our input will help inform how the organisation can continue to focus on member needs under the organisational realignment announced to members in April.

In June, I attended a certificate presentation ceremony where more than 200 new Victorian Chartered Accountants received their membership certificates. It was a great pleasure to see so many new additions to the ranks of Chartered Accountants ANZ and they should all be congratulated for their commitment in meeting the challenge of the CA Program.

Also during June, it was a privilege to host the annual lunch of past Chairs of the Victorian Regional Council. More than 20 past Chairs attended and we were fortunate to also have CA ANZ President Jane Stanton FCA in attendance. The past Chairs provided valuable insights on what issues are important to Chartered Accountants today, and how the organisation is engaging with the membership. It was encouraging to note that many of the topics raised by the past Chairs are well and truly on the Regional Council’s current agenda and their input will assist both Regional Council and CA ANZ leadership in progressing that agenda.   

Upcoming Events

Following on from the successful events held in May for members in the public sector (Public Sector Forum) and in the corporate sector (Business Forum), the Victorian Practice Forum will take place on 3 August 2018.

This half-day event is presented by the Victorian Public Practice Panel and has been designed with input from members in public practices in order to deliver relevant content to members in practice. Details are available at VictorianPractice Forum.

Charles McNeill, Chair
Victorian Regional Council

Regional manager Update 

World Congress of Accountants in Sydney: 5-8 November 2018

The program for the World Congress of Accountants being held in Sydney between 5-8 November has been finalised. The theme for the Congress is “Global Challenges, Global Leaders” and will provide fantastic education, thought leadership and networking opportunities with more than 6,000 accounting professionals from 130 plus countries.

Speakers include Ban Ki-Moon, Founder of Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens, Professor Niall Fergusson of Harvard Business School, Rachel Botsman, author of “Who can you trust” and many others.

There are special rates for CA ANZ members, so please visit the WCOA website for more information.

Recap of Events

Members attended the Sharing Knowledge: Superannuation update by CA ANZ Superannuation Leader, Tony Negline on Tuesday 26 June. Tony’s session also included an update on some recent course cases; Triennial SMSF audits, Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements, Super Guarantee compliance measures, Non-arm’s length income provisions, Proposed changes to accessing super and the Productivity Commission Report.

Members attended the Winter Tax and Super School on Thursday 12 July and Friday 13 July and attended the Sharing Knowledge: New Zealand Tax Update on Thursday 19 July.

The CA ANZ Membership Anniversary Event, held on Thursday 26 July, was a great way to recognise our long serving members and their great contributions to their careers, the profession and their communities.

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



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