Date posted: 26/07/2019 5 min read

WA Regional News July 2019

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
  • Upcoming events

Regional Manager Update

The last month has seen our biggest annual event for WA members - WA Business Forum.

Business Forum is our annual one-day conference, created by WA members, that we hold for Chartered Accountants and business professionals in WA. The overarching theme of the forum was twofold, with the morning sessions looking at the pulse of Western Australian Business and technological disruption, and the afternoon sessions focusing on trust in the workplace and business relationships.

We were lucky to also host Professor Peter Klinken, Chief Scientist of Western Australia, over a special lunch session, where he discussed the prospects and pitfalls of new technologies in WA. We hope all who attended enjoyed the day, and please be sure to let us know what you would like to see in next year’s lineup.

Business Forum

We were also honoured to present member Mel Ashton FCA with his well-deserved Meritorious Service Award on the 19th July. The first of its kind awarded in Western Australia since 2014, the Meritorious Service Award for outstanding and distinguished service to our profession and CA ANZ.

Mel has a long history of service to the ICAA and CA-ANZ, both at the state and national / trans-Tasman level. He was instrumental in getting the organisations ICAA and NZICA to a member vote to merge the two and was heavily involved in all of the committees and discussions which took place with NZICA leading up to the decision to ask members in Australia and New Zealand to vote on the merger into a new organisation. It is for this effort especially, that the WA Regional Council recommended Mel to be recognised by CA ANZ for a Meritorious Service Award. WA Regional Council celebrated with Mel, family and friends on this amazing achievement.

Mel and Merit

The high achievers amongst us also gathered on the evening of the 22nd July to celebrate those receiving their Merit Awards for FIN, MAAF and CAP in Semester One of this year. Congratulations to all recipients, and especially Top of State Award Winners Madeleine Greenhalgh (MAAF, not present), Amber Chan (CAP) and Catherine Wang (FIN). Catherine also took out Candidate of the Module for FIN, meaning that she received the top mark across all of Australia and New Zealand – well done Catherine on your amazing effort!

Recap of the last month

Managing the Payroll Function Workshop

This national roadshow hit Perth at the end of June and was a chance for members to gain insights and garner time-critical information. With legislative changes constantly shifting the goalposts, it’s imperative that payroll professionals and advisers stay up to date.

Executive Discussions Lunch – Bringing Value to Your Board

CA Executive members hosted Suzanne Ardagh and James Fairbairn from Lester Blades, discussing the shift in mindset from Executive to Director, and the expectations and opportunities for better engagement on both sides of the Boardroom. The session was fully subscribed with 36 attendees.

CA Resources Community – Embracing Digital

Hosted by KPMG, the second in this events series saw a packed session with 95 people in attendance. The Panel session, featuring panellists from smaller organisations through to the heavy hitters in resources, discussed how they are perceiving and embracing digital technologies to better serve their staff and stakeholders.

CA Catalyst and CA Resources Community

Catalyst Automation Workshop

Led by Chartered Accountant and automation expert Heather Smith, this four-hour workshop empowered members with practical tips and advice to help members make informed decisions in adopting workflow automation within their firms. Perth was first location in this national roadshow, the session was fully subscribed at 65 attendees. Similar sessions are being held in Adelaide, Paramatta, Melbourne, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland.

Building Knowledge Series: Sustainability and Growth

Speakers Tamara Smith, 360 Environmental, and Huia Adkins, Encycle Consulting, discussed the physical and economic effects of sustainability and waste; and how WA can capitalise on the business of sustainability, potential environmental considerations, and what opportunities that can be earmarked for the next phase of growth.

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Upcoming Events

Building Knowledge Series: Family Law, Tips and Traps for the Private Client Adviser - 6 August

As our clients Trusted Adviser, we are expected to not only ensure that we provide them with the most efficient tax outcomes in how they manage their affairs but also how to structure their affairs to minimise risk of loss through the course of their life. This session will include many practical examples to ensure you are able to get a solid understanding of the issues which you need to consider when advising clients.

Indoor Soccer Carnival - 18 August

All members are invited to take the challenge and enter a team in this year's carnival. Players of all levels and experience are welcome and individual registrations will be available so there is no excuse not to get among the action.

Strategies for Success - Learning Bites Series

This series is designed to leverage and develop key soft skills, and each session has been designed as a stand-alone session, or to build on key messages throughout the series to give added benefit and impact.

The Emotionally Aware Professional - Managing Ourselves - 18 September, 5.00 - 7.00pm
The Emotionally Aware Professional - Managing Our Relationships - 6 November, 5.00 - 7.00pm

Table Tennis Tournament - 12 October

Sharpen your reflexes, limber those limbs and ready your bat for this year's grand tournament.

Member Networking Evening - 22 August

Sharing Knowledge Session SMSF Update Perth & Bunbury - 26 & 27 August

Building Knowledge Series: Blockchain - 4 September, 3.45 - 6.30pm

In this session we welcome Dr Vidyasagar Potdar, Director of Blockchain R&D Laboratory at Curtin University as he breaks down myths and misconceptions and looks at commercial application of Blockchain technology.

Building Knowledge Series: Working with the CFO - 12 September, 7.30 - 9.00am

This panel presentation will discuss how to best manage the expectations within the relationship between the CFO of an organisation and the business' accounting firm.

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