Date posted: 17/05/2018 5 min read

WA Regional News May 2018

Find out what has been happening in WA and learn about upcoming events

In brief

  • Regional manager's update
  • Recap of last month's events and activities
  • Summary of upcoming events

Regional manager update

This month, the Perth office played host to a number of teenagers from selected metropolitan schools over two days. These lucky students participated in the ‘High Achievers Meet Business Leaders’ where they were able to find out more about being a Chartered Accountant and the different and fascinating career paths that CA can take you. Thank you so much to the eight CAs who graciously shared their time and experiences with these groups. 

WA, Meet the Business Leaders event

Participants at the High Achievers Meet Business Leaders event

Members who sit on the national Rural and Regional Advisory Committee (RRAC) travelled to Perth, and then down to Mandurah, to hold their regular meeting. They took the opportunity to host a half-day session for over 60 members in the South West where we organised a speaker to discuss Mental Health and warning signs, a tax update from our Tax Lead Michael Croker (fresh off the plan from the Federal Budget lock-up), and panel sessions on the Business Banking Relationship and a Town Hall panel on member issues and perspectives. Thank you so much to the members of the RRAC for taking the time to come to Perth and Mandurah, and a special thank you to the WA representative Maria Cavallo for organising a member bus from Bunbury for the event, and for rallying the troops to come along.  

WA, Mandurah meeting May 2018

Mandurah meeting

May also saw the official close of the Mentor Exchange Program. Mentor and mentee pairs gathered at the Terrace hotel on 15th May to compare experiences and share the insights that they had gained. Some of the mentees had undergone significant life events during the process, including relocation interstate and overseas, career changes, getting engaged, and choices for future study. It was fantastic to see the steps that had been made through the mentoring experience. Finally, the Perth office also hosted TAX118 marking, and thank you to the generous CAs that took time off over their weekend to mark. We get feedback from the Education team that the Perth markers are a pleasure to work with, and we hope that translates to more opportunities to assist the CA program in the future.

Recap of last month's events/activities

Building Knowledge Session – Insolvency Matters

On the 3 of May, Wayne Rushton and Andrew Smith, partners from Ferrier Hodgson, discussed the practical implications of the new legislation introduced by the Australian Government, and the impact on the corporate restructuring landscape.  

YCA Strategies for Success – Learning Bites Series 2 – Courageous Conversations

Vanessa Vershaw, CEO & founder of Reinvention Consulting, was back by popular demand on the 10 of May to help our Young Chartered Accountants transform their lives one conversation at a time. Attendees left knowing how to identify courageous conversations, recognize their own barriers to having successful conversations and more fully leverage their emotional intelligence.

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Participants attending the Strategies for Success session

Sharing Knowledge Session – Federal Budget Update with Michael Croker

Michael Croker, the Australian Tax Leader at CA ANZ, came to Perth on the 11 May, to give WA members an update on key Federal Budget developments and the implications for individual and business taxpayers.

CAs in Business – Capital Market Outlook Panel Discussion

On the 16 of May, CAs in Business committee put together a power panel discussion session on the Capital Markets Outlook for the 2019 Financial Year. The expert panelists were Brain Beresford, Director of Corporate Finance at Euroz Securities, Jack Quigley, Founder and Managing Director of CrowdfundUpZ, Gary McGrath, General Manager of Commonwealth Bank, chaired by Sherif Andrawes, Partner at BDO WA.  

Audit & Accounting Conference

On the 18 of May we held our annual Audit & Accounting Conference, welcoming over 130 professionals, providing them with expert knowledge on the trends reshaping finance. Including detailed and actionable insights to meet the demands of the year ahead and add value to their organisations.

Warm up this winter with our upcoming June events

Sharing Knowledge Session Lunch & Workshop – Tuesday 5 June

CA ANZ Senior Policy Advisor, Financial Advisory Service, Bronny Speed, will be covering advocacy priorities and activities at a lunch time session open to all members. Followed by a limited capacity workshop for accountants who provide financial product (SMSF) advice under a limited or full Australian Services Licence, as Bronny will explain how to integrate financial planning into an accounting practice, from both technical and practical perspectives.

Business Valuations Special Interest Group Lunch – Wednesday 6 June

This Special Interest Group Lunch will be focusing on Independent expert reports, maintaining independence, as well as details of ASICS’s surveillance program, as Owen Rayer, Senior Specialist of Corporations from ASIC will be presenting after a light stand-up lunch.  

Public Practice Committee Sundowner – Monday 11 June

Join a highly experienced and diverse panel comprised of representatives from ASIC, Academia, the Big 4 and Commerce sectors as we explore and discuss exactly what audit quality means to a range of stakeholders in today’s increasingly complex regulatory environment.  

Business Forum – Wednesday 13 June

Get the pulse of WA business at WA Business Forum 2018 on 13 June. Gain insights and practical ideas from local and global perspectives that you can take back to share with colleagues and apply immediately to your business. Take the opportunity to exchange insights with your peers while gaining up to 6 hours of CPD. The WA Business Forum has been designed and developed locally with input by the WA CAs in Business Panel to provide content relevant to our members in the corporate sector.  

Indoor Netball Carnival – Sunday 17 June

The Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand hotly-contested mixed Netball Carnival will be held on 17 June at Lords Recreation Centre, Subiaco. Members of all levels and experience are encouraged to join in the fun! Teams will be divided into two grades: Blue – for those who just want to have fun (Social) OR Gold – for the fiercely competitive (Premier).  

Retired Members Lunch – Thursday 28 June

We will be welcoming our Retired Members to join us for another light stand-up lunch and presentation on Judge Versus Jury, a fantastic chance to catch-up and listen to an engaging speaker on something different from accounting. For more information on any of our events please email:

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