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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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)


Apr 5, 2018

A discussion with Siva about the AASB Interpretation published last year that could have an impact on tax accounting for some corporates.  The discussion will focus on the accounting and disclosures for certain tax treatments that may arise from applying AASB Interpretation 23, and what entities will have to do in preparation to comply with these requirements.  The discussion will also consider some wider implications including how these requirements might impact on the regulatory approach of taxation authorities including the Australian Taxation Office.

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 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. 

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