CPA Australia Podcast

The CPA Australia Podcast brings you the best in on-demand commentary and thought leadership across a variety of topics related to business, leadership and accounting. Each week, our podcast will help you increase your knowledge of business related topics and point you to some of the world’s best resources in strategy, finance and public practice accounting. Never miss an episode by subscribing today via iTunes.
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Mar 15, 2018

The UnderstandingSuper team has been developing different ways to improve financial literacy in the field of superannuation. They’ve created a series of simple to understand videos and interactive activities, housed within a free app and website, that aims to help people better understand super. Meet the team behind the UnderstandingSuper app, hear about their passion to make super more accessible and why CPA Australia is proud to support them.

Mar 9, 2018

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to transform the way we work. In this podcast, we explore the implications of machine learning on the future of the accounting profession. This podcast explores why we should not fear Artificial Intelligence and instead embrace the fantastic future ahead, should we choose to seize it.

Mar 1, 2018

In this podcast, Steve Hui CPA, Founder and Chief Executive of iFLYflat discusses his transition from a corporate accounting career to entrepreneurship. Steve (aka the points whisperer) explains how he developed an industry first travel solution, helping companies to collect more reward points and save up to $250,000 on their business travel.

Feb 22, 2018

Thea and Adrian discuss current corporate insolvency surveillance priorities and outline the implications of recent and foreshadowed insolvency law reform. Adrian reflects on his tenure as Senior Executive Team Leader, and both he and Thea provide valuable insight into the economic and market significance of effective insolvency law administration. 

Guests: Thea Eszenyi (Senior Executive ASIC Insolvency Practitioner Team) and Adrian Brown (Senior Executive ASIC Phoenix Taskforce)

Feb 15, 2018

In this podcast, Clare Mann, Managing Director of Communicate31, discusses the role of business owners in mitigating mental health risks in the workplace and the characteristics of a workplace that is mentally healthy.


Feb 8, 2018

Excel is a valuable tool in the professional world and a must-have for accountants. Learning your way around Excel keyboard shortcuts is a great way to master the platform and a neat way to improve productivity. We chat to Excel Expert Neale Blackwood CPA, who has more than 20 years’ experience using and writing about Excel for accountants

Jan 31, 2018

Which comes first: the tactics or the outcome? In this podcast, Jason Cunningham CPA explains why it’s important to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve before you develop the necessary tactics, and explains how a focus on people and process will help you achieve that goal. This episode is part five of a seven part podcast series about the seven key ingredients of business success, featuring Jason Cunningham CPA. For links to previous episodes, scroll down to the further resources section.

Jan 24, 2018

This episode examines a series of ARC Linkage Grant funded projects which investigated the early evolution of integrated report including its relationship with changing expectations of corporate behaviour and reporting, along with exploring challenges and opportunities posed for audit and assurance.

Jan 19, 2018

This podcast discusses Michael Samu’s financial planning journey hints and tips for those who are starting as well as those in a renewal phase of business. Hear out how Michael continually adds value to his clients via his one stop shop and how he engages with millennials’ to position his firm for the future.

Jan 11, 2018

A discussion with Douglas Niven, Senior Executive Leader at ASIC about the recently released financial reporting focus areas.  The discussion will also cover ASIC’s findings from its financial report surveillance program.

Jan 4, 2018

Money, money, money, money. Most businesses are driven by numbers. But according to Jason Cunningham CPA the numbers we focus on are often the wrong ones.

In the podcast, Jason explains why just focusing on historical data limits your strategy to outcomes but are not the key drives of success. And he outlines exactly what you should be looking at, and how, to keep your business on the money.

This episode is part four of a seven part podcast series about the seven key ingredients of business success, featuring Jason Cunningham CPA. For links to previous episodes, scroll down to the further resources section.

Dec 21, 2017

If the key intangible resources of a business such as its powerful brand are not legally protected, they may be freely used by others without limitation. IP Australia discusses trademarks, the most common IP right that a small business should consider as it distinguishes your client’s goods and services from those of their competitors.

Dec 15, 2017

In today's episode, we're exploring the idea that leadership is broken at all levels, and how can this be fixed? Joining me is Sebastian Salicru, the author of Leadership Results. Sebastian is a thought leader who regularly presents at national and international conferences and industry events on the latest developments on leadership. He's the founder and principal consultant at PTS Consultants and works with executives and organisations around the world to help them deliver exceptional results.

Dec 7, 2017

Raising taxes can be a death sentence for any government. How, then, do governments adapt and thrive in an environment of economic scarcity – when they’re required to do more for the community with less revenue? The challenge of any modern government is how to raise additional revenue without passing the burden to taxpayers. But, as governments get smaller, budgets get tighter – could good, old fashioned accounting be the answer? Join the City of Melbourne CFO Phu Nguyen and Municipal Association of Victoria CEO Rob Spence as they discuss how finance professionals can add value to this age-old conundrum.

Nov 30, 2017

The Financial Markets Authority’s Audit Quality Monitoring Report for 2016-2017 identifies areas for improvement in audits by NZ’s licenced auditors. Jacco Moison, Manager of Auditor Oversight at the FMA, discusses the key findings with Claire Grayston at CPA Australia and identifies actions auditors can take to improve audit quality. Jacco also explains what others, including directors and audit committees, can do to support audit quality.

Nov 23, 2017

Social enterprises will be explained with guest David Shires, Director, Capacity International. Also discussed will be how accountants skills to can assist them to progress and develop.  Importantly the discussion will cover how working with Social Enterprises can offer significant benefits to members such as obtaining new clients, to give back for social good and to engage with social entrepreneurs in the latter stages of a career.

Nov 16, 2017

A discussion with Jason Cassas and Peter Kidd (Grant Thornton Australia) about the legislation and recently issued guidance by the ATO that requires certain taxpaying entities to lodge General Purpose Financial Statements with the ATO.  The discussion will focus on the legislative requirements, the underlying reasons for the legislation and how the ATO sees the legislation being applied in practice, as set out in the ATO guidance. 

Nov 9, 2017

Part three of a seven part podcast series with Jason Cunningham CPA about the seven key ingredients of business success which is based on Jason’s book Have Your Cake and Sell It Too. Our latest podcast explores the importance of customers and how you can best serve your clients. It’s looking at your business through the eyes of your customer and understanding that you can’t be all things to all people. Jason explains why you must put your customers first and the difference between marketing and selling. The bigger picture says get as many people through the door as possible - this episode will help you get the customer mix right.

Nov 2, 2017

Medium Charities are able to obtain a review instead of an audit and small charities are not obliged to have either. Nevertheless, many of those charities continue to obtain an audit, even though that is more onerous than a review and is required to be conducted by a Registered Company Auditor. Mel Yates at the ACNC discusses with CPA Australia whether charities should be encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity for red tape reduction and what impediments to the conduct of reviews need to be overcome.  Or does an alternative solution need to be explored?

The ACNC was created in 2012 by the ACNC Act and has now been in operation nearly 5 years. Read the inaugural commissioner’s, Susan Pascoe, reflection on those first 5 years in ACNC five years on: Reflections of the Inaugural Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM in which she notes that, under the Charities Act, the ACNC Act is required to be reviewed after five years in operation. That review is expected to be announced in 2017 and stakeholder input sought.

Oct 26, 2017

Is your business ready for the next global economic disruption? Women offer a lucrative $28 trillion dollar market, yet they’re often underserved, neglected or ignore, despite the fact they drive the majority of our purchases. In this episode, gender intelligence pioneer Bec Brideson reveals how you can tap into the modern female market and reap the financial benefits before your competitors do.

Oct 23, 2017

A discussion with Melville Yates, the director or reporting and red tape reduction at the ACNC about the recently issued 2017 Annual Information Statement.  The podcast provides an overview of the information that is requested through the revised AIS, what the changes are and what the ACNC’s expectations are when charities complete and submit the AIS.

Oct 20, 2017

Productive change can be exciting and challenging, helping develop stronger more cohesive teams. Unproductive change can generate fear and mistrust, resulting in disrupted teams. In this podcast, accomplished speaker, trainer and facilitator Nigel Sutton explores the qualities, skills and tools needed to lead productive change, with a focus on high performance and multi-generational teams and the effect change has on individuals, teams and organisations.

Oct 19, 2017

In partnership with CoreLogic, a team of CPA Australia members took part in a two-day workshop at CPA Congress Melbourne to create a strategy for young Australians to overcome housing affordability challenges. These ambitious, young thought leaders, took counsel from speakers, specialists and CPA Australia members within a transparent structure at the exhibition area. The findings will be published in an eBook which will be available to all CPA Australia members and delegates following the event.

Oct 18, 2017

In this podcast, master of interaction and creativity Cyriel Kortleven explains how we can challenge ‘stuck thinking’ to make room for new ideas, new products and services, more revenue and less red tape. Cyriel’s survival kit will equip you to get the right mindset for change, dare you to go for your ‘GiGa’ dream and suspend your judgement and teach you a simple method to triple the number of ideas you have.

Oct 17, 2017

This podcast looks at ways to gain traction with your financial analysis and communications to deliver compelling commercial proposals and positive business outcomes. Following on from a popular keynote at CPA Congress in Brisbane and Melbourne, Brendan Hargreaves CPA, Divisional General Manager at Cleanaway, teaches us ways to transform our financial presentations and communications to make them more accessible and impactful to all stakeholders in an attempt to help you do less, but influence more.

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