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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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.

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 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 16, 2017

Do start-ups innovate better than corporates? Yes - they do! Why do so few corporates have a strategy for external innovation to harness disruption? What brands are doing this well around the world? What's the solution and how can we create a process so that both sides achieve amazing commercial outcomes? Karen dares to show you how.

Oct 4, 2017

Part two 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. Today’s topic explores the importance of understanding your business, including the development of a mission statement and gaining clarity into exactly WHY you are in business.

Sep 15, 2017

In this podcast representatives from both the AFL Players Association and Hall and Wilcox Lawyers talk to CPA Australia’s Head of Policy about the ATO’s draft public consultative guideline on the tax treatment of payments for use and exploitation of a professional sportsperson's public fame or image. The draft public consultative guideline pragmatically offers a safe harbour for certain sportspeople, and if fully adopted it will help cut a swathe through tax red tape for both the players and ATO.

May 11, 2017

Following the release of the 2017 budget on Tuesday 9 May 2017, Stuart Dignam, General Manager Policy and Corporate Affairs at CPA Australia, is joined by his colleague Paul Drum, Head of Policy to discuss the finer points of Treasurer Scott Morrison’s second budget in more detail: What is the expected economic impact over coming years? How realistic is the Australian government’s optimism about GDP growth? Are we too reliant on world growth to support our own prosperity? Have the structural issues in our economy been effectively addressed?

Dec 9, 2016

This podcast reports considers how integrated reporting has influenced Boardroom decision making.  Interviews with Directors of top Australian and South African companies reveal what integrated thinking means and how ideas about what is of value are changing.  The research was funded by CPA Australia and conducted by Carol Adams.  In this podcast John Purcell asks her about her findings.

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