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Business Forum 2014 Vic

Over the past 25 years, Business Forum has earned its reputation as one of Australia’s premium business events. In 2014 we once again bring together the best minds in accounting, law, business and politics, to expand your knowledge and challenge your thinking. Don’t miss your spot.

Over three days, you’ll hear from some of the best minds as they share their secrets for successfully adapting to change and give you practical tips for adding value to your organisation, no matter what the economic climate.

Thought-provoking, often provocative and always inspiring, Business Forum will give you the skills you need to get ahead, and stay there.

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14 - 16 MAY

Offering excellent value and
real flexibility

Our individual and group packages will help you get the most out of
Business Forum

 

SESSION HIGHLIGHTS

W1 Change from the top - Opening plenary panel
Peter Bush, Former CEO McDonalds; David Hall FCA, CEO, Jetstar Australia & New Zealand; Robert Scott CA, Finance Director, Coles Group Limited; Moderated by Lee White FCA, CEO, Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia

Presented as a Q&A panel format, you’ll hear first hand from a range of Executives as they discuss their approach to change and the techniques they’ve used for thriving in today’s multi-speed economy.

L1 Business lunch - Federal Budget
Tom Elliot, Host, 3AW's Drive Program and co-presented by Michael Croker, Head of Tax Policy, Institute of Chartered Accountants

He may be best known now for his role as 3AW’s drive time host, but Tom Elliot has been analysing and reporting on state and federal budgets, superannuation, investments and financial reform for years. Join Tom and Michael as they share their entertaining and enlightening views on the Federal Budget.

W3 Managing tax disputes – current best practice
Carmen McElwain, Partner – Tax Controversy, Maddocks Lawyers
Melanie Baker, Barrister, Victorian Bar

If you work in tax, it's likely that you'll face a dispute from the ATO at some point. What's important is a proper understanding of the process, and the skills to navigate the various issues that may arise.

W14 Building a Leading Procurement Function for your corporate competitive advantage
Warren Smith CA, Client Engagement Manager, Portland Group

If you’re looking to keep your costs under control, a well-functioning procurement department is a must. But, as Warren Smith will show you, procurement teams can also help generate revenue, mitigate operational risks and improve overall supplier performance.

W5 Building dynamic budgets and forecasts with Excel
Tim Heng, Associate, Corality Financial Group

When you consider how quickly markets change these days, it’s not surprising that forecasting is regarded as one of a business’s most important functions. In fact, having the tools to successfully forecast different scenarios can be the difference between ongoing success and being left stranded in the past.

W12 What the ATO have to say about SMSFs
Matthew Bambrick – Assistant Commissioner, Superannuation Australian Taxation Office
Liz Westover FCA – Head of Superannuation, Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia

If you work in the SMSF sector, you’ll know how much the industry’s grown in recent years. You might also be wondering how to keep on top of changing regulation, and ahead of the competition.

SPEAKER HIGHLIGHTS

Tom Elliot
L1 Business lunch - Federal Budget

Tom Elliott He may be best known now for his role as 3AW’s drive time host, but Tom Elliot has been analysing and reporting on state and federal budgets, superannuation, investments and financial reform for years. Join Tom as he shares his entertaining and enlightening views on the Federal Budget.

Andrew Demetriou
F16 Staying ahead of the game - Day 3 closing plenary

Andrew Demetriou Andrew Demetriou has been involved with football for most of his life. In 1998 - a year after finishing his playing career with North Melbourne - he was appointed CEO of the AFL Players Association. In 2003 he became CEO of the AFL itself. Over the past ten years he’s overseen the expansion of the league and brokered landmark television rights deals.

James Kirby
F1 Business breakfast - Forecasting our economic future

James Kirby Join James Kirby as our MC at Business Forum VIC. James is one of Australia's most experienced financial journalists and author of the best selling 'Business Secrets' series. Apart from regular television and radio commentary with the ABC and Sky Business, James has also been a business columnist with The Age newspaper.
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