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. Winner of the Award of Excellence at the 24th Annual Communicator Awards in the category of 'Podcasts - General-Corporation/Business'.
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Jul 13, 2018

There are a number of current developments and other forthcoming changes that will have an impact on the operations of many charities around Australia in the near future. In this podcast episode, hear Melville Yates, Director for Reporting and Red Tape Reduction at the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission speak with Ram Subramanian, Policy Advisor in Reporting at CPA Australia, on the latest regulatory developments for charities.

Jul 6, 2018

The dynamics are constantly shifting for women at work. Speaking up, getting recognised, time off for family and attaining leadership roles are just some of the challenges women can face. How do we meet these challenges in the workplace when there are so many ways to approach gender equity? The answer: Take action and share stories, however big or small. In this podcast episode, hear Suzi Finkelstein, Program Director, Women & Leadership Australia, discuss these topics and more as she advocates for 100 Days for Change, an initiative that aims to catalyse people into making achievable, practical changes to improve gender equity at work. Suzi is in conversation with Jillian Bowen, General Manager of Content and Social Media at CPA Australia.

Jun 29, 2018

Like many sectors, health care is going through an enormous shift. New technologies, the expectations of patients across generations, and how to engage a diverse workforce, are just some of the challenges. In this podcast episode, hear Martin Bowles, National Chief Executive Officer of Calvary Health Care Australia speak with Dr. Avi Ratnanesan, CEO of Energesse, on how he is tackling the big issues by keeping things simple. Not only for those working within health care, this episode will give any leader tips on building their organisation and driving their career.

Jun 21, 2018

How do you ask your manager if you can work from home? Do you trust your employees or team to be working when they’re not in the office? In this podcast episode, junior staff right through to business owners can learn how working remotely will help retain talent and increase the productivity of a team or organisation. You’ll also find tips on how to speak to your manager about working flexibly, and some of the barriers to implementing flexible work practices. Join Phu Nguyen, Chief Finance Officer, City of Melbourne, and Corey Hale, Director Corporate Services from Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group for their thoughts on this topic. Facilitated by Mel Yates, Director, Reporting and Red Tape Reduction, ACNC Corporate Services at Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. 

Jun 14, 2018

With every new version of Excel, Microsoft adds more and more features and functions. Depending on your version, you could be sitting on some hidden gems. In this podcast episode, Excel expert and Principal of A4 Accounting Neale Blackwood CPA, discusses what you might have missed in Excel over the past 10 years, version by version. Crucial for anyone who uses Excel, this information will help you work faster, look professional, impress your boss and grow your career.

Jun 8, 2018

Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan has stated that the over-claiming of work-related expenses is estimated at $2.5 billion. In this podcast episode, Robert McDowall, partner at Arabon, Trisha Aventurado, Manager Public Practice Support Service at CPA Australia and Gavan Ord, Manager – Business and Investment Policy at CPA Australia, discuss what the ATO is doing about it, whether accountants should be auditing everything, and the ATO’s three golden rules for accountants and self-preparers when putting together work-related expenses.   

May 31, 2018

Have you ever wondered why some people are so successful when others are not? In this podcast, Gary Pittard, author of Why Winners Win, talks about what it takes to be successful at work, in business, in an accounting practice, and in every day life. He identifies four fatal flaws behind poor performance, how to become a winner, and the habits you need to put in place everyday to achieve success.

May 25, 2018

As the saying goes: If you’re in business, you’re in the business of relationships. So, when you’re hiring staff, how do you make sure your potential new talent feels comfortable in the interview? And how do you meet their expectations of the job role, and then retain the talent you’ve managed to find? Dr Jenny Brockis answers these questions and more with an in-depth look into brain science and the workplace. This presentation will show you how to hire for both aptitude and attitude, be aware of the brain’s role in subconscious bias, and how it’s often the simple things that will help you retain your top performers.

May 17, 2018

In this episode, David and Kim Harland discuss the changes they are noting in the family business sector and what proactive family businesses (and their advisers) are doing to benefit from those changes. Family businesses are the oldest and most frequent business ownership model in the world. By nature they have to be both nimble and dynamic to survive.

David Harland FCPA (FPS) is the Executive Chairman of FINH and is a leader in the family business advisory field. He provides family business clients with expert advice on such challenges as succession and transition planning, family governance strategies, raising liquidity and sourcing capital.

Kim Harland is the Managing Director of Insights, provider of customised online resources to family business.  Insights team understand that specialised tools and information play a vital role in managing family businesses risks and improving the longevity, growth and most importantly, the sustainability of each and every family business.

May 9, 2018

In this episode of the CPA Australia Podcast, INTHEBLACK editor Jan McCallum and CPA Australia Head of Policy Paul Drum FCPA discuss the 2018 Federal Budget in finer detail. Jan and Paul discuss the winners, the losers and also missed opportunities of the third Turnbull/Morrison Budget.

May 4, 2018

In today's episode of the CPA Australia Podcast, Jillian Bowen speaks with Justin Lurie who is a congressional candidate and also experienced in mergers, acquisitions, strategy consulting and commodity markets. Justin will discuss the importance of strategy, what a strategic principle is and also how to implement strategy step by step.

May 1, 2018

In part four of our mini episode series, Excel expert Neale Blackwood CPA will discuss using multiple windows in Microsoft Excel. Neale will explain how this multi-tasking tip of using windows will not only save you time but also make your everyday accounting tasks so much easier to do in Excel. (6 mins 27 sec)

Apr 27, 2018

Are you feeling stuck? Overwhelmed? Wondering how to forge on at work? Learn how to push past fear and paralysis to make up your mind and move past indecision. Leadership facilitator, motivational speaker and coach on emotional intelligence and career transition, Tiffany Quinlan, encourages us to embrace fear head on, to challenge ourselves and change our mindset to become better decision makers. Hear techniques that will help you decide to be more decisive and to know what it means to be prepared to live with the consequences of your decisions.

Apr 23, 2018

In part three of our mini episode series, Excel expert Neale Blackwood CPA will explain one of the most important shortcuts you can use: the Ctrl key. Listen to hear how you can use the Ctrl key on the keyboard to make your work in Excel so much easier and quicker. (6 mins 50 sec)

Apr 19, 2018

In this episode, Jason Cunningham CPA explains the key drivers of business value and how to develop an exit strategy to deliver your desired value. This episode is the final episode of a seven part podcast series about the seven key ingredients of business success.

Apr 17, 2018

Part two of our mini episode series, Excel expert Neale Blackwood CPA will discuss right clicking and why accountants should use this shortcut to make the most out of Microsoft Excel. Right clicking will allow you to access the most commonly done actions in Excel efficiently. (5 mins 53 sec)

Apr 13, 2018

Explore the steps to stronger self-belief with behaviour specialist, Suzanne Waldron, as she presents the impact of genuine leadership to a live audience at CPA Congress. Suzanne explains the importance of taking time for ourselves and focusing on our strengths are crucial in order to lead others.

Apr 10, 2018

Every Tuesday over the next month CPA Australia Podcast will present a mini podcast episode from Excel Expert Neale Blackwood CPA, who has more than 20 years’ experience using and writing about Excel for accountants. Neale will explain why double clicking is a must-know shortcut for accountants using Microsoft Excel. (6 mins 14 sec)


Mar 28, 2018

Not many people openly talk about the day they plan to sack themselves.  In this episode, Jason Cunningham CPA explains why it’s important to create a self-sufficient business. Jason’s shares his experience with prioritising the team over the importance of the individual and how that can deliver a business that will continue to grow, even if he decides to give himself his own marching orders.

This episode is part six of a seven part podcast series about the seven key ingredients of business success, featuring Jason Cunningham CPA. 

Mar 22, 2018

Do you want a little more out of life? Searching for that promotion at work? Really want to save money? Do you feel that something is holding you back? We talk to Anthony Bonnici about mental barriers or ‘Brain Blinkers’ that are like road blocks in our brain. They prevent us from achieving our best, from exploring our world, from connecting with others. They can reinforce old unhelpful rituals and help explain why people get stuck in a rut. They explain why we can sometimes struggle with change. By taking a closer look at our own beliefs around change, we can substantially affect our response to change and thus the outcome of change.

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.

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.


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 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.

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