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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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)


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.

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