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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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Now displaying: 2022
Dec 5, 2022

In this episode, we examine the summer employment market. 

We look at what jobseekers, recruiters and employers need to know, including those in the accounting and finance industries. 

We also explore job ads, wages growth, and WFH home trends.

To discuss this is our guest expert Matt Cowgill, Senior Economist at Australian online employment marketplace, SEEK.

Listen now. 

Host:  Dr Jane Rennie, General Manager Media and Content
Guest: Matt Cowgill, Senior Economist at SEEK

For more career insights, CPA Australia’s “Career, Elevated” December 2022 January 2023 Special Edition is out now. 

And for market insights, SEEK has produced an employment report across industries with national and state and territory insights. 

SEEK has also produced a report that examines the advertised salaries index (ASI) trends across a variety of industries up to October 2022. 

This is our last episode of With Interest for the year. 

But we will return in January 2023 with all-new episodes. 

From all of us here at CPA Australia, thanks for listening to With Interest in 2022.

Dec 1, 2022

In this episode, tech evangelist Doug Boyd from Data reFactory delves into different aspects of financial data. 

He simplifies what it is and how financial data can be combined with other data to provide meaningful information and business insights. 

Specifically, he offers his insights into key areas that relate to CPA Australia members and, more broadly, the accounting profession, such as data triangulation, data governance and data sovereignty.

Listen now. 

Host:  Dr Jana Schmitz, Digital Economy Policy Lead, CPA Australia
Guest: Doug Boyd, Director, Data reFactory

Nov 29, 2022

In this episode, we look at the risks and approaches to drought planning, preparedness and recovery and the role that accountants can play in this cycle.

To help explore this topic is our guest expert Courtney Bryant, Assistant Secretary from the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Listen now. 

Host:  Kimberley Ohayon, Manager of Advocacy and Engagement at CPA Australia

Guest: Courtney Bryant, Assistant Secretary from the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

CPA Australia has released two new My Firm, My Future e-learning modules to further support our regional and rural members. 

One on the Drought Support Shared Responsibility Framework which we have referenced in this podcast, and one on Succession Planning for farming clients.

Additionally, you can find more useful information by searching “drought” on the official government department site

Nov 21, 2022

In this episode, we examine Labor’s proposed industrial relations reforms, currently before Parliament.  What will change for business, who might be impacted, and when could this happen? 

To help answer these questions is our guest expert Michael Nicolazzo, who specialises in employment and workplace law at Maddocks law firm.

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Host:  Dr Jane Rennie, CPA Australia General Manager Media and Content

Guest: Michael Nicolazzo, a partner at Maddocks law firm specialising in employment and workplace law

Nov 15, 2022

In this episode, COP27 (the United Nations Climate Change conference of the Parties) is explained by CPA Australia’s Senior Manager of Environmental, Social and Governance Policy. 

From what’s on the agenda to Australia’s participation and the potential outcomes from this major climate change conference, currently being held in Egypt. 

Listen now. 

Host:  Dr Jane Rennie, CPA Australia General Manager Media and Content

Guest: Patrick Viljoen, CPA Australia’s Senior Manager of Environmental, Social and Governance Policy

Nov 7, 2022

In this episode, we discuss the support available to small businesses following a severe storm, flood, bushfire, earthquake, or landslide.

Specifically, we highlight the not-for-profit Small Business Debt Helpline and how it can help small business owners and sole traders in financial difficulty following a natural disaster.

Listen now.

Host: Dr Jane Rennie, CPA Australia General Manager Media and Content

Guests: Helen Davis, Small Business Debt Helpline General Manager and Sandra Blake, Small Business Debt Helpline financial counsellor

You can find the Small Business Debt Helpline online and you can reach them on 1800 413 828. It has qualified financial counsellors who can answer your questions and give you sound advice to help get your business back on its feet.

And CPA Australia’s Disaster Recovery page has sound information as well as resources and strategies for recovering your business following a disaster.

Nov 2, 2022

PivotTables allow you to create reports without using a single formula. The standard calculation for a PivotTable is SUM. 

Oct 26, 2022

Federal Labour has handed down its first Budget since it came to power earlier this year. 

Has this first Budget delivered on what Australia needs in these challenging economic times? How does this Budget rate and what does it mean for small business? 

What were the taxation measures announced? And is there a clear roadmap for future growth from the Albanese Government?

CPA Australia’s policy experts analyse and dissect the Budget announced by the Treasurer Jim Chalmers. 

Listen now. 

Host:  Dr Jane Rennie, CPA Australia General Manager Media and Content
Guests: Gavan Ord, CPA Australia Senior Manager Business Policy and Elinor Kasapidis, CPA Australia Senior Manager Taxation Policy 

And for more analysis and commentary on this the second Federal Budget of 2022, CPA Australia online has you covered. 

Oct 17, 2022

The recent large-scale Optus data breach in Australia is a timely reminder to small business of cybersecurity. 

In this episode, we explain what small businesses can do to avoid falling prey to cyber criminals. 

It includes advice and explanations on the different types of data breaches, email phishing scams, how cyber insurance works and more. 

Additionally, CPA Australia has its own cybersecurity hub which has information on how your business can protect its data. 

Other useful information can be found at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. And the Australian Cyber Security Centre has tips to help you stay secure online.  

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Host:  Jennifer Duke, CPA Australia External Affairs Lead
Guest: Keddie Waller, CPA Australia Head of Public Practice and SME 

Oct 10, 2022

CPA Australia’s Senior Tax Manager Elinor Kasapidis attended September’s invite-only, ATO-hosted OECD Forum on Tax Administration.

At this event in Sydney, discussions took place between global tax regulators, administrators, and business representatives, with a raft of ideas debated.

In this episode, she unpacks what was raised in the forum’s agenda and offers CPA Australia’s perspective on the event.

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Host:  Dr Jane Rennie, CPA Australia General Manager Media and Content

Guest: Elinor Kasapidis, CPA Australia Senior Manager Tax Policy

Oct 7, 2022

In this episode, delve inside the mind of Daniel Pink, a best-selling book author writing on business, work, creativity and behaviour.

Pink, who is a speaker at the CPA Virtual Congress 19-21 October, explains some innovative ways he approaches workplace productivity and behaviours.

And he outlines smart tips and ideas that can help you enhance your potential and mindset at work.  Listen now.

Host: Jackie Blondell, CPA Australia editor
Guest: Daniel Pink, CPA Australia Virtual Congress speaker and author of several best-selling books on business, work, creativity and behaviour

Oct 3, 2022

Disputes can negatively impact small business. In this episode, the Victorian Small Business Commissioner explains how small businesses can put strategies in place to avoid potentially damaging business-to-business disputes. And she outlines the resolution pathways available. Listen now.

Host:  Gavan Ord, senior manager of business policy at CPA Australia
Guest: Lynda McAlary-Smith, the Victorian Small Business Commissioner

Sep 26, 2022

Did you know September 29 is Auditor Proud Day? In this episode, learn more about auditing’s rich history from ancient Roman times to the challenges faced by today’s auditors. These include how digital technology has been incorporated into the role, the changing scope of an audit and how to attract a new generation of auditors. Listen now.

Sep 19, 2022

Over recent months, the ATO-led Serious Financial Crime Taskforce executed a series of warrants across Australia against individuals suspected of being involved in significant GST fraud. Subsequently, it referred details of 29,000 of these individuals to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. Learn how the multi-agency Operation Protego was planned and executed.

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Host:  Elinor Kasapidis, CPA Australia’s Senior Manager Tax Policy

Guest: Michael Morton, Assistant Commissioner, Small Business Risk and Strategy at the Australian Tax Office

Sep 12, 2022

The recently tabled changes to the fringe benefits tax (FBT) are part of the government strategy for boosting electric vehicle (EV) uptake by reducing the price differential between EVs and conventional petrol and diesel-fueled cars.

Is it time to switch to an EV to qualify for FBT exemption? This podcast highlights key factors to consider, such as the vehicles that are eligible and the additional costs of running and maintaining an EV. Listen now.

 

Sep 8, 2022

In this podcast episode, learn about Goal Seek and how it can help you in Microsoft Excel. Hosted by Neale Blackwood CPA.

Sep 5, 2022

Against a backdrop of the lowest unemployment rate in 48 years, and with more job vacancies than unemployed people in Australia, a national Skills and Jobs Summit was held over two days in early September. 

This is the first of two With Interest episodes that explore outcomes from the Summit.  

In this episode, you’ll learn what the summit delivered in terms of solutions for business. 

Listen in as CPA Australia’s subject matter experts discuss.  

Aug 29, 2022

The ATO recently disclosed that more than 180,000 tax returns, or around 4 per cent of the 4.5 million tax returns filed in July, were either manually reviewed by an ATO employee to verify claims and/or adjusted by the ATO.

The ATO has pointed the finger squarely at early lodgments as the culprit for the high number of returns which needed reviewing or fixing.

Does it make more sense to delay the start of tax time? Listen now.

Aug 22, 2022

Organisations around the world are grappling with an array of complex global issues right now. That said, those businesses prioritising technology and digital skills are in a much better position to handle these challenges. CPA Australia recently published its Business Technology Report 2022. Jonathan Ng, policy adviser in CPA Australia’s Hong Kong office, coordinated this major research piece, and in this week’s podcast he discusses the findings.

Aug 15, 2022

In this podcast, public practitioner at Future Advisory and CPA Australia public practice committee member Jason Robinson explores some of these challenges and shares his insights into how the industry is handling these issues.

Aug 8, 2022

There is a global push for businesses to increase the disclosures of the environmental risks their operations pose. With the new draft of International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) standards recently released, we discuss the Board’s approach and how it might compel businesses to disclose their sustainability practices, or lack thereof, to the public.

Aug 5, 2022

When creating a line chart in Excel, you may need to insert a vertical line to mark something on the chart. Listen to this podcast episode to learn how to do it. 

Aug 1, 2022

Until recently, Buy Now Pay Later services have flown under the radar in terms of regulation. They have not typically been considered “credit” and so have been exempted from laws that apply to credit cards and personal loans.

But with this space worth A$14.3 billion to Australia’s GDP in the most-recent financial year  ̶   and with user debt also a concern  ̶   should there be more regulatory scrutiny on this booming micro-credit industry?

Jul 25, 2022

We’re now in the middle of winter and true to form, winter illnesses are surging. The chief, though by no means only, culprit is COVID-19; and like other COVID-19 spikes, it’s having a major impact on workplaces.

In this environment, businesses have to make tough decisions about how to operate sustainably while ensuring staff, clients and customers are kept safe.

Marissa Alley, CPA Australia’s Executive General Manager People and Culture, drops in to discuss how businesses and employees can navigate this difficult environment.

Host:  Dr Jane Rennie, CPA Australia’s General Manager Media and Content

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