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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Jun 29, 2017

Host: Claire Grayston, Policy Adviser on Audit & Assurance, CPA Australia

Guest: Doug Niven, Senior Executive leader, Financial Reporting and Audit, ASIC

Doug Niven at the Australian Securities and Investment Commission talks to Claire Grayston at CPA Australia about ASIC’s audit inspection findings for the 18 month period to December 2016, released in June 2017. Doug highlights ASIC’s key findings on audit files and firms’ quality control systems, which identifies the areas which firms can focus on in order to improve audit quality. He explains which firms are inspected, ASIC’s own quality processes and how ASIC’s findings are reviewed prior to release. He also identifies initiatives for firms to improve audit quality and the work being done internationally on tackling audit quality.

Jun 14, 2017

An overview of the new accounting standard for insurance contracts, how this will affect the insurance industry and the global capital markets.

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?

Mar 9, 2017

Continuing the focus on the July 2017 super changes, what are the implications for transition to retirement income streams and reversionary pensions?

Mar 9, 2017

From 1 July 2017, there will be a $1.6 million cap on the total amount of accumulated superannuation an individual can transfer into the tax–free retirement phase.  What are the implications for SMSFs with regard to segregation of assets and CGT relief?

Mar 9, 2017

From 1 July 2016, all accountants are required to be covered by an AFS licence to give financial advice about SMSFs.  During 2017 ASIC will be undertaking surveillance of accountants both licensed and unlicensed to test accountants compliance with the new obligations.

Jan 30, 2017

Imagine working behind the scenes at the biggest tennis tournament in the Asia Pacific region – the Australian Open in Melbourne. That is exactly what Vivien Lei did at the 2017 event after she was awarded CPA Australia’s Australian Open Work Experience opportunity through the CPA Australia Network. In this podcast, she speaks with CPA Australia’s Content Manager Jarrod Cardy about the experience, what she learnt and her advice for future applicants.

Jan 11, 2017

This video podcast will discuss the following topics such as what are the new and emerging technical skills that NFP Boards will be considering as part of their skills matrix over the next 5 years. Also as a CPA who has excellent financial skills, what other skills should I consider developing to make myself ready to join a NFP Board?.

Also how many NFP Board Directors are sitting at the table on a voluntary basis. How can NFPs attract and retain highly-skilled Directors?. What is the leadership required on the Board to keep Directors engaged and therefore enhance Board performance? And finally if NFPs remunerate Directors, will this enhance Board accountability, engagement and effectiveness?

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.

Dec 7, 2016

The IAASB’s new auditor reporting requirements commence in December 2016. Standard setters in many jurisdictions, including Australia and New Zealand, have issued the new requirements with the same effective date, whilst others have committed to issue the standards but have not yet done so. The UK have had similar requirements in place since 2013 and some firms in other countries have early adopted the IAASB’s  requirements. Jim Sylph, Co-chairman of the IAASB’s Auditor Reporting Implementation Working Group, and Merran Kelsall, IAASB member and AUASB Chairman spoke to CPA Australia about the uptake and impact of enhanced auditor reporting around the globe.

Nov 28, 2016

After the release of the FMA’s Audit Quality Monitoring Report for 2015/2016, Senior Advisor at the FMA, Jacco Moison, speaks to Claire Grayston at CPA Australia about the key findings from the Audit Quality Reviews. Jacco explains what auditors can do to address the areas for improvement identified in the report and the part directors can play to support audit quality. Access FMA 2016 Audit Quality Monitoring Report

Nov 28, 2016

KPMG were the first of the early adopters of enhanced auditor reporting in Australia. Having now issued enhanced auditor’s reports for a second reporting period, KPMG partners, Carolyn Ralph and Cameron Slapp, spoke to CPA Australia about their experience of implementing the new requirements. This podcast explores why KPMG chose to early adopt, whether they have found the new approach beneficial, how time consuming drafting key audit matters has really been and whether investors have taken notice. Leading into the first mandatory reporting period end, KPMG’s tips on implementation will help other auditors, who are implementing the new requirements for the first time, prepare for the change of approach.

Nov 28, 2016

A brief discussion to discuss the regulator’s views on the three new accounting standards (financial instruments, revenue and leasing) that become effective in the near future.

Nov 11, 2016

Professor Miklos Vasarhelyi , leading researcher in data analytics and a widely published professor on the topics of continuous audit, data analytics and big data, speaks to CPA Australia on whether data analytics is fundamentally transforming the audit or if it is just a new means of gathering the same evidence as in the past. Prof. Vasarhelyi talks about how data analytics is shaping the future of audit and how auditors need to embrace that future. Miklos is KPMG’s Distinguished Professor of Accounting Information Systems at Rutgers University Business School in Newark & New Brunswick in the US, and Director of Rutgers’ Accounting Research Centre and Continuous Auditing and Reporting Lab. Miklos has been a pioneer of continuous auditing, having developed the original continuous audit application, and is a leading academic in developing and promoting data analytics.

Nov 8, 2016

A brief discussion of some of the key features of IFRS 16 and some of the practical issues surrounding its implementation.

Nov 8, 2016

A brief discussion of some of the key features of IFRS 15 and what it means for financial statements of entities from various sectors.

Nov 8, 2016

A brief discussion of some of the key features of IFRS 9 and what it means for financial statements of entities that are not in the financial services sector.

Aug 31, 2016

Join Corey Hale CPA, Corporate Services Manager, Leadership Victoria, and Jenny Lang FCPA, Director, Strategic Treasury and Procurement Consulting, CBA, as they share their experiences on workplace flexibility from both employer and employee perspectives.  They’ll provide tips to plan for a more rewarding and fulfilling career and life, whilst underlining some of the challenges and trade-offs.

Aug 23, 2016

In this podcast Craig Blair from the ATO sets out the areas which the ATO plan to focus on in their forthcoming SMSF auditor compliance program for 2016/17. Craig explains auditor independence and audit quality issues which have been identified through previous reviews of SMSF auditors and the ATO’s data analytics, which the ATO now intend to target. This podcast is essential listening for SMSF auditors to assist them in determining whether any of the independence or audit quality risk factors identified by the ATO may apply so that they may address those issues proactively.

Jun 17, 2016

Professor Emeritus Steven Mintz, Cal Poly State University, USA talks about conflicts, pressures and rationalisations accountants face.  He offers insights on what to expect and advice on how to respond to ethical issues.

May 13, 2016

Join Melville Yates from the Victorian Public Sector and Not-for-profit Committee of CPA Australia as he facilitates a conversation with Fiona Moore, Corporate Learning Solutions Manager at CPA Australia, and Cindy Turner, founder and CEO of Coach Central, on how work is changing for accountants in the public sector. Together they will discuss what employers are looking for in their staff and how members of CPA Australia can remain an integral part of their organisations

Apr 18, 2016

ASIC’s Senior Executive Leader, Doug Niven, discusses the ASIC inspection findings for the 18 months to 31 December 2014 with Claire Grayston, Audit & Assurance Policy Adviser at CPA Australia. The podcast highlights the key lesson for auditors as well as directors and audit committees’ role in improving audit quality, how Australian audits compare to other jurisdictions and ASIC’s areas of focus for the next inspection period.


Host – Claire Grayston, Policy Adviser – Audit & Assurance, CPA Australia

Guest – Doug Niven, Senior Executive Leader, Financial Reporting and Audit, ASIC

Apr 18, 2016

The most significant changes in auditor reporting in decades apply from 2016. The changes will have greatest impact on listed companies, but all auditor’s reports are effected. What’s behind the changes, what will they mean for directors, audit committees and investors and how are they being received around the world?  CPA Australia’s Audit & Assurance Policy Advisor Claire Grayston discusses these issues and more with the architects of the new rules, including International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board Chairman, Prof. Arnold Schilder.

Names of speakers:

Host: Claire Grayston - Policy Advisor – Audit & Assurance, CPA Australia


Prof. Arnold Schilder – International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) Chairman

Chuck Landes - IAASB Deputy Chairman & AICPA Vice President

Merran Kelsall - AUASB Chairman & IAASB Member


Apr 18, 2016

Financial Markets Authority Senior Advisor, Jacco Moison, discusses the key findings from the FMA’s 2015 Audit Quality Review, highlights positive trends and areas for future improvement, relevant to audit firms, audit committees and directors, as well as the FMA’s focus for 2016.

Guest: Jacco Moison, Senior Adviser, Markets Oversight, FMA

CPA Australia host: Claire Grayston

Apr 8, 2016

Private companies providing benefits to shareholders need to be wary of the wide provisions of Division 7A, says CPA Australia senior tax counsel Mark Morris in conversation with Sue Williamson and Megan Bishop of Ernst & Young.

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