Date posted: 27/03/2020 5 min read

WA regional news

Find out what the Regional Manager has to say and what events there are for you to join in the fun.

In brief

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

Regional Manager Update

To our WA members - we hope you are all staying safe and well during this time.

We have closed the WA office at Mill Street in Perth from Friday 20th March until at least Tuesday 28th April, however all of our staff will be working remotely and implementing social distancing measures to make sure we are all doing what we can to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

If you are in need of CA ANZ assistance, our Member Support team can still be reached on 1300 137 322 or service@charteredaccountantsanz.com; or please feel free to call us locally at (08) 9420 0400. All of our staff are contactable directly, and for anything urgent or if you need me personally, please email me on aymee.mastaglia@charteredaccountantsanz.com or 0414 421 172.

We will be in touch in regards to upcoming events, and will be either postponing, cancelling or pivoting to provide the same service online - please look out for these and I look forward to you joining us in these virtual communities for upcoming events where we can.

Thanks to you all for your amazing support and understanding, we are still business as usual from a safe distance, and please get in touch should you need.

Aymee Mastaglia
Regional Manager WA

As to our some of our activities over the past month:

Our Careers Engagement team presented You Unlimited 2020 (previously Employment Evening) – we hosted 27 employers and a great number of eager students for this annual event, held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Attendees were able to discuss employment opportunities with exhibiting employers, as well as attend a number of break-out sessions geared to open their minds to opportunities existing to Commerce and Accounting Students, and to assist with interviewing techniques and technology in the workplace. Thanks so much to all exhibitors and speakers for their time and expertise.

You Unlimited 2020

Our Young Chartered Accountants Panel, combined with Alumni from previous YCA Panels in years gone by, gathered together on the 12th April to have a drink and a chat with 2020 CA ANZ President Peter Rupp. It was great to see so many familiar faces and catch up with those we hadn't seen for a while – thanks to all of those who were able to attend.

Recap of the last month's events

Thursday 20th February – Charity High Tea

Just under 200 attendees gathered for our fourth Annual Charity High Tea, held this year at the Westin in East Perth. This High Tea was the most successful yet, in terms of attendance and the amount of money raised for our Charity Partners the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The final amount raised was confirmed at $8,070.00, a record total! Thanks so much to our continued sponsors PwC, and to all of those member practices and businesses who hosted tables, and of course to Council member Lisa Hando FCA who was an amazing Master of Ceremonies.

Charity High Tea

Thursday 5th March - Strategies for Success: Building Your Professional Network

Attendees to this first strategies for success session heard many networking insights. These including the interactions between your connections and how well you know them and how they can be managed. They were given tips, tricks and advice in assisting them to build their professional network. This was the first of a four-part series focusing on different aspects of networking and your career.

Strategies for Success: Building Your Professional Network and Retired Members Lunch

Friday 13th March – Retired Members Lunch with Dr Jonathan Grasko

Retired members came into the Perth function rooms for a lovely stand-up lunch, catch up with friends and colleagues, and to listed to Dr Grasko discussing his specialty field of Forensic Toxicology.

Wednesday 18th March - Sharing Knowledge Financial Advisory with Bronny Speed - Webcast

In this webcast session, attendees were taken through an insightful look at the integration of the loss of the accountants' exemption with licensing, how the Royal Commission and FASEA have impacted this environment, and what a new model for strategic advice via a registration rather than a licence sounds like. Attendees also participated in a live Q&A Zoom meeting with specialist Bronny Speed, where she answered questions and elaborate on items covered in the webcast session.

Upcoming Events

Thursday 16th April – Building Knowledge Series - I.T & the Cloud Webcast

There are a number of factors that need to be taken into account when completing a move of your client data and systems to the cloud, and it is important to consider all potential issues before adopting cloud computing technology into your business.

This session will explore key issues surrounding IT in the cloud, including:

  • How to transition into the cloud and potential integration issues
  • How to ensure you are using the right software
  • What works best for accounting firms, and (more importantly) what doesn't work

We will also touch on business issues, such as:

  • Who owns the software subscription?
  • Ensuring the safety of your data
    • Is it stored in Australia?
    • Is it protected?
    • What are other privacy concerns?
  • How IT cloud services have changed accounting firms
  • The need for other non-cloud IT services for accounting firms

Join us as we welcome David Shine and Simon Watson from Office Information Australia as they share their expertise on IT and cloud computing technology.

Building Knowledge Series - I.T & the Cloud Webcast

Register now

Please keep an eye out as we pivot our workshop and events offering for members to access virtually.

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