Date posted: 27/05/2019 5 min read

Victoria regional update May 2019

Find out what's been happening in Victoria.

In brief

  • Regional Manager update
  • Upcoming events
  • Regional Chair update

Regional Manager update

Dear members,

May was a busy month for the Melbourne team which included an invitation for CA ANZ to be represented at the 2019-20 Victorian Budget Special Interest Group Lock-up on Monday 27 May. We have provided key highlights in our Victorian Members Groups on both LinkedIn and Facebook so please take a look at our recent posts in the groups which you can access here:

The team also held a CA ANZ Victorian Past State Chairs luncheon which was hosted by the Chair of the Victorian Regional Council, Charles McNeill and CA ANZ Group Executive of Member Engagement, Mark Rice. Thanks to our Past State Chairs for your many years of service to CA ANZ and also for making the time to hear the latest CA ANZ update, share your feedback and connect again with each other. We look forward to welcoming you back for next year’s luncheon.

June is another busy month for the team and includes an opportunity for Penny Hutchinson, Chair of the Victorian Public Sector Panel and Peter Fromont, Deputy Chair of the Victorian Regional Council to host David Martine, Secretary of the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance at a CEDA luncheon on the recent State Budget. This is again an excellent opportunity to continue our State based advocacy and engagement work and share with our members the latest on the Victorian State Budget.

Recap of last month’s events

On Thursday 2 May, CA ANZ’s Senior Policy Adviser, Bronny Speed and Superannuation Leader, Tony Negline provided a great Sharing Knowledge update on “FASEA, Productivity Commission and Royal Commission: What next?”. Bronny and Tony covered what it means for members who work in either financial advice and/or superannuation, who is caught under FASEA's new rules, what impact will the Royal Commission findings have on members and what study is coming our way?

On 6 May and 7-8 May, CA ANZ hosted our annual Accounting Conference and Audit Conference, respectively at Crown in Melbourne. It was great to see so many of our members and guests attend the conferences for which we’ve received some great feedback including suggestions of topics and speakers for next years’ event.

On Wednesday 15 May, we hosted international speaker and high performance coach, Richard Day who presented our Building Knowledge session on Negotiating and Influencing. Richard’s presentation was interactive, engaging and tips on “be present”, “be open”, “ask questions”, “be assertive” and “align values” were very practical.

On Thursday 30 May, the Victorian Young Chartered Accountants Panel hosted Young CA Drinks at The Mill House. It was great to see so many of our young members attend and make the most of the networking opportunity.

Upcoming events

We have an exciting line up of activities coming up in June including the Charity Trivia Night on 6 June, Flexible Working Panel Discussion on 13 June, Building Knowledge – Personal Branding and Communication Styles and our Annual Futsal Day on 29 June. I encourage you to keep an eye out for invitations or to search our Education Store for more information.

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

Andrew Quinlan CA
Regional Manager – Victoria & Tasmania

Regional Chair update

Along with Regional Manager, Victoria and Tasmania, Andrew Quinlan CA, Young Chartered Accountants Panel members Sam Sargood CA and Georgina Read CA, I attended the recent CA ANZ Board meeting in Melbourne to provide an update on the Regional Council’s work agenda for the current year, while Sam and Georgina provided great insights into how younger members view the profession.

Georgina took the board through her CA journey which, unlike most Chartered Accountants, didn’t start with a commerce or accounting degree. Georgina graduated with a degree in Architecture but found her way into the CA Program through the Foundation Course. Board members were very interested to hear about her journey, which is a great example of how the new Flexi-Pathways being introduced to broaden the entry requirements to the CA Program and attract talented individuals who may not have studied traditional entry degrees.

Sam provided the board with some food for thought around some of the challenges experienced by new and recently qualified CAs in accessing CPD hours and raised the prospect of “on the job” training perhaps being more formally recognised in meeting annual CPD requirements.

Overall, the Board was very supportive of Regional Council’s three focus areas of Member Engagement, Advocacy and Engagement with / Support for CA ANZ Management in Victoria and they encouraged Councillors to continue to seek feedback from members on how they view their membership body and the services available to members. If you have anything you’d like to pass on, please contact Andrew Quinlan in the Melbourne office. 

During the month, I also had the pleasure of attending the Victorian Contemporary Accounting Problems Discussion Group to update members on this year’s regional Council focus and to hear feedback from members on a variety of issues affecting a broad cross-section of the membership. Discussion Groups are member-run groups which provide members with an opportunity to network with peers as well as discuss a wide range of interesting topics. The Victorian Contemporary Accounting Problems Discussion Group is the longest running such group in Australia, with a history of around thirty years; other groups include a Not-for-Profit Discussion Group, various Tax Discussion Groups, an IT&T Discussion Group among others. Information on these groups can be found on the CA ANZ website via this link:

Finally, don’t forget to log-in to your MyCA account for exciting news about how to access LinkedIn Learning for free!

Charles McNeill
Regional Council - Victoria & Tasmania