Lee White CEO

Lee White

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6 Oct 2015 @ 3:35 | Lee White

Corruption - the Next Business Battleground

Who knew that Volkswagen, famous for some of the iconic cars of our time - the Golf, the Beetle and the Passat - would also b...

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22 Dec 2014 @ 1:07 | Lee White

A message from Lee White

                2014 has been an exciting year. I want to thank you for supporting us to drive the change you voted for. We...

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1 Sep 2014 @ 5:08 | Lee White

Financial literacy makes dollars and sense

Having the knowledge to manage your own money and finances is one of the most important skills you can learn and apply every ...

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1 Aug 2014 @ 12:09 | Lee White

Stand out from the graduate crowd

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is giving university students an exciting opportunity to gain work experience...

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21 Jul 2014 @ 2:46 | Lee White

New capping liability scheme

The recent approval by the Professional Standards Council of our five year limitation of liability scheme provides much-neede...

Taxing issues

Michael Croker

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17 Oct 2016 @ 1:30 | Michael Croker

Tax whistleblower legislation needs to be more than just protecting the individual

Indications are that the Government will soon start a dialogue with the tax community about tax whistleblower protections fla...

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9 Oct 2016 @ 11:37 | Michael Croker

India gears up for GST, and Australian and New Zealand CAs with GST expertise are getting involved

Implementation of the GST regime in India, described by some as the biggest tax reform since Independence, is now a step clos...

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19 Sep 2016 @ 8:01 | Michael Croker

Here’s your loan and insurance policy. Want tax advice with that?

Digital disruption to the tax profession isn’t just about the ATO’s reinvention plans. Financial institutions have entered th...

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12 Sep 2016 @ 1:02 | Michael Croker

ATO’s one chance rule on tax penalties a step in the right direction for individual and small business taxpayers

The ATO has just released a consultation document proposing a ‘one chance’ rule to alleviate first-time tax penalties on indi...

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7 Sep 2016 @ 12:39 | Michael Croker

Backpacker tax delay likely whilst policy-makers consider big picture framework for Australia's labour needs

One suspects the Government is looking for a convenient hole to bury the so-called backpacker tax announced in the 2015-16 Fe...

Getting to the heart of members

Simon Grant

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22 Apr 2013 @ 3:52 | Simon Grant


Are you an inner or an outer, or just someone trying to keep all the balls in the air while managing a smile and trying to ha...

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24 Mar 2013 @ 11:27 | Simon Grant

Looking out for number one

Welcome to the first instalment of my monthly blog, Getting to the Heart of Members. As the general manager of members, my re...


Liz Stamford

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13 Oct 2016 @ 1:04 | Liz Stamford

Enhanced auditor reporting – one year on

At Rio 2016 he cemented his status as the greatest sprinter of all time. He was never first out of the blocks, yet he was fas...

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18 Aug 2016 @ 5:11 | Liz Stamford

Data, data and more data …

The amount of data being generated, collected and stored has been growing exponentially. Everyone’s talking about ‘big data’ ...

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18 Jul 2016 @ 5:23 | Liz Stamford

Forewarned is forearmed

Ever heard a group of auditors talking about their experiences? Generally when you do, your mind starts thinking about how th...

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22 Jun 2016 @ 11:44 | Liz Stamford

Be audit you can be

“For those of you who are auditors, no explanation is necessary, and for those of you who are not auditors, no explanation co...

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26 May 2016 @ 1:11 | Liz Stamford

Is audit quality on your agenda?

To remain a meaningful profession, and to add value to our local communities and national economy alike, there has to be trus...


Michael Fraser

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29 Mar 2016 @ 1:49 | Michael Fraser

What’s special about Special Purpose Financial Reporting in Australia?

It’s not every day that technical accounting debate makes the front page of a newspaper. However that is exactly what happene...

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2 Mar 2016 @ 7:12 | Michael Fraser

New Zealand Charities – it’s time to tell your story!

As a collective charities draw upon a significant  resource base, face challenges that differ to other types of organisations...

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4 Feb 2016 @ 2:06 | Michael Fraser

The Future of Financial Reporting: will you help shape it?

This New Year I found myself in the middle of a rubber plantation, explaining to my six-year-old how people from different co...

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16 Dec 2015 @ 4:21 | Michael Fraser

Digital Disruption – what does it mean for us?

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand recently launched a publication titled Disruptive Technologies: Risks, Opport...

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19 Nov 2015 @ 2:35 | Michael Fraser

Reporting Essentials is coming to town

The festive season is nearly upon us. I know this because my local supermarket has been blasting shoppers with the same ten C...

Financial advisory services

Hugh Elvy blog

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7 Sep 2016 @ 3:32 | Hugh Elvy

Sporting Clubs and Financial Literacy

Back in 2010 the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that 2.3 million or 14% of the adult population undertook voluntary wo...

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24 Aug 2016 @ 11:53 | Hugh Elvy

“This journey of a 1000 miles begins with a first step”

The financial services industry, government and regulators continue the ongoing discussions and reform around how to resolve ...

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27 Apr 2016 @ 2:16 | Hugh Elvy

Time to revisit disclosure

Maybe it is time to revisit our disclosure documentation to assist consumers better understand the advice they are receiving...

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31 Mar 2016 @ 4:43 | Hugh Elvy

Are we really changing culture?

The financial services industry continues to be in a state of reflection and review but are we really addressing the key issu...

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16 Dec 2015 @ 4:14 | Hugh Elvy

Between a rock and a hard place – sales and professional standards

Critically for the Government and especially the financial services industry is the development of an enduring and robust eth...

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26 Nov 2015 @ 3:22 | Hugh Elvy

Leadership and culture are vital for success

While it is more than 5 years since the global financial crisis, around the globe countries and their regulators are still tr...

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1 Oct 2015 @ 12:50 | Hugh Elvy

Independence, the enduring debate

One of the enduring debates in the financial services industry is the value and importance of independence? Naturally within ...

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26 Aug 2015 @ 3:03 | Hugh Elvy

How do we ensure there is greater access to affordable financial advice?

It is a generally accepted premise that the provision of quality financial advice is of value to all individuals to varying d...

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27 Jul 2015 @ 1:14 | Hugh Elvy

Trust and confidence: Ethics or more rules?

As we all know the financial services industry both here and globally continues to go through ongoing regulatory reviews and ...

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24 Jun 2015 @ 11:28 | Hugh Elvy

Ongoing change – greater need for more and better financial advice (for longer)

In the last few weeks a couple of issues have been debated and discussed that reiterate why it is critical that we get the de...


Liz Westover

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29 Oct 2015 @ 1:25 | Liz Westover

Super Borrowing – is the government’s response to the FSI the right one?

Following the recommendation contained in the Financial Systems Inquiry (FSI) report to ban direct borrowing in superannuatio...

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14 Oct 2015 @ 10:42 | Liz Westover

Winding up a self-managed super fund – who will advise?

With the removal of the ‘accountants’ exemption’ from 1 July 2016, professional accountants will no longer be able to recomme...

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1 Oct 2015 @ 1:34 | Liz Westover

Lodging Auditor Contravention Reports – a risk factor or not?

SMSF auditors are required to lodge an Auditor Contravention Report (ACR) with the ATO when they identify a significant or ma...

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17 Sep 2015 @ 1:59 | Liz Westover

Independent SMSF audits – no excuses

At the Chartered Accountants ANZ National SMSF Conference this week, ATO Assistant Commissioner Kasey MacFarlane fired off an...

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20 Aug 2015 @ 10:35 | Liz Westover

Super Guarantee compliance

Employer’s compliance with their super guarantee obligations has been on my radar for some time.   While I appreciate the com...

Business policy & sustainability

Karen McWilliams

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29 Sep 2016 @ 1:41 | Karen McWilliams

Measure what matters

When Robert Kennedy spoke at the University of Kansas in 1968, he remarked about Gross National Product and famously said ‘it...

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3 Aug 2016 @ 1:03 | Karen McWilliams

Incorporating the SDGs into your business

I have talked about the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in previous blogs such as the to do list for the planet and the ...

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22 Jul 2016 @ 3:18 | Karen McWilliams

Measuring natural capital in business just got a whole lot easier

Last week the natural capital protocol was launched in London. This represents the culmination of a project over four years.T...

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11 May 2016 @ 11:29 | Karen McWilliams

Social Progress – what works?

#WhatWorks2016  @socprogress On 28 April, social innovators from 6 continents gathered in Reykjavik to join Harvard Business ...

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29 Apr 2016 @ 4:56 | Karen McWilliams

Climate change and innovation

Australia's natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef, is significantly at risk from the impacts of climate change. Sir David At...

Practice management

Paul Meredith

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2 Jun 2014 @ 11:05 | Paul Meredith

Be alert to ethical challenges on social media

Accountants' use of social media is increasing. A recent survey of UK accountants showed three out of four accountants now us...

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4 Feb 2014 @ 10:53 | Paul Meredith

Can a CA witness a statutory declaration?

In an ideal world, questions like whether a CA can witness a stat dec would have a simple Yes or No answer. It will come as n...

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4 Feb 2014 @ 10:24 | Paul Meredith

How to witness a statutory declaration

Now that we've established whether a CA can witness a statutory declaration, let's examine what the witness needs to do.Accor...

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23 Dec 2013 @ 11:13 | Paul Meredith

Fraud Risk Self-Assessment Tool

Any business is potentially at risk of fraud. Accountants can assist their clients, and themselves, to identify the controls ...

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13 Dec 2013 @ 12:10 | Paul Meredith

Handover of electronic data on change of accountant

When a client transfers to another accountant, the Institute's Regulation 9 requires that a member in public practice must pr...

Corporate Governance

Geraldine Magarey

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15 Sep 2016 @ 4:01 | Geraldine Magarey

Are you clear on NOCLAR?

If you’re lost already, don’t panic! NOCLAR is the widely used abbreviation for non-compliance with laws and regulations. The...

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29 Apr 2016 @ 12:25 | Geraldine Magarey

Protecting our future with cyber

The Australian government has finally released its updated Cyber Security Strategy to replace the last one done in 2009. Cybe...

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23 Sep 2015 @ 10:12 | Geraldine Magarey

The World Cup for talent

It is not just Australian and NZ rugby players who are currently heading to the UK to compete. Ten of Australia’s most promis...

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23 Jun 2015 @ 4:18 | Geraldine Magarey

Fast Forward: leading in a brave new world of diversity

Diversity is often portrayed as something that is nice to do. However, recently at two future[inc] events I have heard busine...

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18 Dec 2014 @ 12:53 | Geraldine Magarey

Quotas for Germany – is this a sign of things to come?

Germany is the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. It has an elected female chancellor in Dr Angel...


James Guthrie

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24 Aug 2016 @ 11:46 | James Guthrie

Professions need to adapt and innovate to avoid becoming irrelevant

The past week I have been in Malaysia and made a number of presentations to CA ANZ members and others on this year’s Academic...

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24 Aug 2016 @ 2:12 | James Guthrie

Historical Patterns and the Inevitable Decline of Professional Associations

Recently I was in Adelaide for an event at CA ANZ to discuss the new CAANZ/RMIT Academic Though Leadership publication, “Rele...

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18 Aug 2016 @ 1:50 | James Guthrie

Professional Development Education in the Future

Recently was the Perth event at CA ANZ to discuss the new CAANZ/RMIT Academic Though Leadership publication, “Relevance and p...

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25 Jul 2016 @ 1:01 | James Guthrie

Relevance and professional associations in 2026 - blurring of boundaries?

Recently was the Sydney event at CA ANZ to discuss the new CAANZ/RMIT Academic Though Leadership publication, “Relevance and ...

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30 May 2016 @ 1:29 | James Guthrie

(Re)Inventing the Wheel

Recently, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited Carbon Revolution, a Victorian company that, in partnership with...

Leadership & Advocacy

Rob Ward

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11 Dec 2015 @ 12:02 | Rob Ward

China: One step closer to global economic integration

 Acceptance of the yuan into the IMF’s basket of reserve currencies confirms China as an economic superpower.Last week the In...

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15 Mar 2015 @ 10:09 | Rob Ward

Bitcoin: a disaster waiting to happen?

This editorial piece appeared in The Australian March 16 2015.AROUND the world, national governments are struggling to unders...

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16 Feb 2015 @ 2:45 | Rob Ward

Why the upcoming federal budget should avoid tax announcements

Tax announcements in the upcoming federal budget should not be expected. If the government release piecemeal tax announcement...

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20 Nov 2014 @ 12:23 | Rob Ward

Live blog: World Congress of Accountants 2014

Day 4 and Thank You Roma!Members of our Profession are by nature optimists. They are charged with major responsibilities to c...

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9 Nov 2014 @ 9:48 | Rob Ward

Changes in GST and broader tax reform should be on Tony Abbott’s agenda

This editorial piece appeared in The Australian November 7 2014Tony Abbott did not make any specific announcements about GST ...