Blogs

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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27 Apr 2016 @ 7:45 | Michael Croker

Interesting snippets from the ATO's latest appearance before the Senate Economics Committee

It’s sad I know, but I spent part of the long weekend reading the Hansard transcript of the ATO’s 21 April 2016 appearance be...

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29 Mar 2016 @ 12:52 | Michael Croker

Tax transparency and the investor perspective

Now that the ATO has fulfilled its legislative duty to publish basic data on large listed and private companies, the question...

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21 Mar 2016 @ 12:01 | Michael Croker

Explaining the economic benefits of a company tax cut

Understanding the economic thinking that says a company tax rate cut is good for growth could come in handy during your discu...

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14 Mar 2016 @ 1:32 | Michael Croker

The rise of the faceless, no responsibility taken, limited service, low cost tax service provider

As the ATO moves all of us quickly into an online tax world, and tax software companies seek to sign-up tax and BAS agents as...

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7 Mar 2016 @ 2:37 | Michael Croker

A Tax Integrity election, not a Tax Reform election?

I hope I’m wrong, but I’m getting the distinct feeling that the next Federal Election will be more about the integrity of the...

Getting to the heart of members

Simon Grant

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22 Apr 2013 @ 3:52 | Simon Grant

Leaning-in

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...

Audit

Liz Stamford

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13 Apr 2016 @ 11:26 | Liz Stamford

Who is the future auditor?

Prosperity is not a science, it’s an art - as we are exploring through our Art of Prosperity campaign. This campaign highligh...

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17 Mar 2016 @ 1:14 | Liz Stamford

A question of audit quality…

…or even 100. That’s how many questions there are in the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board’s (IAASB) most ...

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18 Feb 2016 @ 3:48 | Liz Stamford

Narrative assurance

Can auditors go beyond the financial statements to provide trust and credibility over an entire annual report? If so, is ther...

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28 Jan 2016 @ 9:17 | Liz Stamford

Guiding you into the New Year

The New Year is a time for reflection, taking a breath from the previous year and looking forward to the new. This may seem d...

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2 Dec 2015 @ 9:24 | Liz Stamford

Proud to be an auditor

I have just booked to go to the new James Bond movie when it opens. While the phrase “licensed to audit” doesn’t quite have t...

Reporting

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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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...

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27 May 2015 @ 11:14 | Hugh Elvy

Professional and professionalism – another light globe moment

Currently in the financial services industry, there is a word or 2 that is getting used a lot, they are professional and prof...

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26 Feb 2015 @ 2:46 | Hugh Elvy

The time is always right to do what is right.

2015 has well and truly commenced and many of us are wading through a range of consultations and recommendations from the Par...

Superannuation

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 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...

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9 Mar 2016 @ 12:21 | Karen McWilliams

The ‘To do list’ for the planet

On the 25 September 2015, all 193 member states of the UN agreed to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) – or the glob...

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13 Jan 2016 @ 10:28 | Karen McWilliams

Accounting for sustainability will be critical for our future

Chartered Accountants ANZ have been members of the Accounting Bodies Network (ABN) of the Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sus...

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14 Dec 2015 @ 2:26 | Karen McWilliams

What is the future for offshoring?

Is Australia making a fundamental mistake of offshoring work?When we posed this question online earlier this year and it gain...

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16 Nov 2015 @ 12:31 | Karen McWilliams

10 intellectual property lessons from around the globe

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand have recently released their updated Business Briefing paper Maximising the p...

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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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...

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17 Nov 2014 @ 10:52 | Geraldine Magarey

Protecting our cyber future

The world of crime has evolved. Twenty years ago criminals would physically walk into a bank, hold up the staff and customers...

Education

James Guthrie

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14 Apr 2016 @ 2:10 | James Guthrie

Relevance and Professional Associations in 2026

What will you be doing in 2026? This was the provocative question that opened the Chartered Accountants ANZ Thought Leadershi...

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4 Apr 2016 @ 12:14 | James Guthrie

The relevance of professional associations in 2026

I am in Melbourne today to attend the Chartered Accountants ANZ Thought Leadership Forum. I will be chairing Ross Dawson’s se...

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31 Mar 2016 @ 2:32 | James Guthrie

How automation will transform the professions

Professional associations abound, existing at local, state, national and global levels. Many professions have professional as...

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24 Feb 2016 @ 1:38 | James Guthrie

Making research happen

Chartered Accountants ANZ has just announced its 2016–17 Research Funding Scheme. Expressions of interest are now open!Creati...

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9 Feb 2016 @ 10:34 | James Guthrie

Universities’ future is society’s future

Like most of us, universities must confront the challenges of the future. Much of my work over the last year has been focused...

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 ...