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The With Interest podcast brings you unrivalled commentary and thought leadership for businesses, accounting and finance professionals. Each week, we share expert industry opinions, insights and resources across accounting, public practice, taxation, auditing, finance, strategy, leadership, economic and business-related issues. Subscribe today to stay up-to-date with the latest episodes. With Interest is presented by CPA Australia, one of the world’s largest accounting bodies, with core services that include education, training, technical support and advocacy. In 2018, CPA Australia won an Award of Excellence at the 24th Annual Communicator Awards in the category of 'Podcasts - General-Corporation/Business'. CPA Australia publishes three podcasts: With Interest, INTHEBLACK and Excel Tips. To find out more about our podcasts, visit https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/tools-and-resources/podcasts - or search for the shows in your podcast service. To contact the podcast team email us at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au.
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Now displaying: 2023
Dec 25, 2023

With Interest presents an episode from CPA Australia's INTHEBLACK Out Loud podcast.

The stress and burnout that have permeated the working environment in recent years have increased the importance of empathy at work.

Empathy and authentic vulnerability have become vital in the workplace, and both are often regarded as key leadership traits.

Listen to the full episode.

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INTHEBLACK Out Loud is presented by CPA Australia.

CPA Australia publishes four podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting:

Search for them in your podcast platform.

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Dec 11, 2023

With Interest presents an episode from CPA Australia's INTHEBLACK  podcast.

Penetration testers hack into your company servers. Don’t worry – these are friends who can help your company stay safe from the dark web’s cyberthreats.

“Pen testers” do it to protect you from the real hackers out there trying to steal your data.

In this episode we meet a lead penetration tester. Learn what he does, how he does it and how you can improve your own organisation’s cyber security.

Host: Garreth Hanley, podcast producer, CPA Australia
Guests: Dan Weis, Practice Lead - Penetration Testing, Nexon Asia Pacific

CPA Australia has its own cyber security resources and support.

You can also check out the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), which has useful information for small and medium businesses.

If you've been hacked there is online support and you can phone 1300CYBER1

For global news and security events

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CPA Australia publishes four podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting:

Search for them in your podcast platform.

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Nov 13, 2023

Did you know that more than $683 billion in tax was collected across all levels of Australian government in 2021-22? 

These funds were allocated to everything from health, education, infrastructure and defence, and biosecurity surveillance. Even fishing rods for school kids. 

With ever-growing government debt and stubborn deficits, key questions emerge: where is the money being spent, how is it being collected and from whom?

Today’s episode addresses these questions, giving you expert analysis and insights on Australia's major tax events and changes in 2023.

Host: Simon Downes, External Affairs Lead, CPA Australia

Guest: Elinor Kasapidis, Head of Policy and Advocacy, CPA Australia

For more insights, listen to an earlier episode of With Interest which examines super’s proposed changes

You can read more about what was discussed in today’s episode here:

CPA Australia publishes four podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Oct 30, 2023

Planning for retirement is crucial. For many Australians this involves managing and increasing contributions to their superannuation fund. 

Government policies, however, significantly affect retirement savings. Recent draft legislation proposed by Treasurer Jim Chalmers aims to reduce tax concessions for those with super savings exceeding $3 million.

This draft legislation was released within a month of the government revealing plans to define an “objective of superannuation” for future generations and parliaments, with the purpose of preserving savings in an equitable and sustainable way.

What does this all mean for you? Tune in now for expert insights. 

Host: Simon Downes, External Affairs Lead, CPA Australia

Guest: Richard Webb, Senior Manager Financial Planning and Superannuation Policy, CPA Australia

You can read CPA Australia’s submission on the Better Targeted Superannuation Concessions Bill on our website.

CPA Australia publishes four podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Oct 16, 2023

Receiving communications from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) can often be stressful for taxpayers and their advisers. 

Nevertheless, being aware of what to anticipate and how to appropriately react can alleviate some of the anxiety. 

As the deadline for submitting your tax return approaches (October 31), we’ve got you covered. This timely episode provides valuable insights and guidance on what’s essential.

Tune in now.

Host: Dr Jane Rennie, Head of Media and External Engagement, CPA Australia

Guest: Elinor Kasapidis, Head of Policy and Advocacy, CPA Australia

For more insights on today’s topic, CPA Australia has a tip sheet on responding to ATO enquiries. Additionally, the ATO has a taxpayer charter with further information. 

CPA Australia publishes four podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Oct 2, 2023

This is a special cybersecurity awareness month edition of With Interest.

Governments, businesses large and small, and individuals – no-one is safe from man in the middle attacks. Just ask Google, Facebook or Puerto Rico.

Also known as payment redirection or invoice fraud, these schemes are devasting, highly profitable, growing and evolving.

Join our cyber and consumer experts to find out what it takes to defeat these money mules.

Tune in now.  

Host: Jacqueline Blondell, Editor, CPA Australia

Guests: Alastair MacGibbon is Chief Strategy Officer at CyberCX. He’s has spent 20 years in the cyber security space, including as a former special advisor to the Australian Prime Minister on cyber security.

Delia Rickard is a former Deputy Chair at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and has spent a decade fighting scammers.

Show notes

The ACCC’s Scamwatch website includes fraud prevention advice, case studies and up-to-date data on what different types of frauds are costing the Australian people.

If you’d like to read more about invoice fraud, including the schemes discussed in this episode, these links have information through press releases, documents and news articles. 

CPA Australia publishes four podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast app. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Sep 18, 2023

Did you know that the audit function dates back to ancient Rome? Or that it was Henry I who coined the word “audit”? Explore these and other interesting facts about the audit profession in the lead-up to Auditor Proud Day.

This wide-ranging conversation covers the audit expectation gap, how auditors respond to climate change and what would happen to the economy if there weren’t enough auditors. 

Tune in now.  

Host: Dr. Jane Rennie, Head of Media and External Engagement, CPA Australia

Guest: Ram Subramanian, Senior Manager Audit & Assurance, CPA Australia

Additional show notes:

PDF: Guide on climate risks and its impacts on the audit of financial statements

Pre-recorded webinar: Climate risk – what external auditors need to consider [Password:CPAAustralia2023]

Video: Understanding International Standard on Sustainability Assurance 5000 (IAASB ED 5000)

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast app. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

 

Sep 4, 2023

Do businesses using AI outperform those that don’t? What AI tools are accountants using? 

Our subject matter experts answer these questions and more as they break down CPA Australia’s third annual Business Technology Report, a survey of technology used by businesses in the Asia-Pacific. 

Host: Simon Downes, External Affairs Lead, CPA Australia

Guest: Gavan Ord, Business Investment Policy Manager, CPA Australia

Read CPA Australia Business Technology Report 2023 for the full findings of our survey.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has detailed information about the Essential Eight cybersecurity risk mitigation strategies. 

CPA Australia member benefits, tools, guides and links for technology and cybersecurity are available on our website.

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast app. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Aug 31, 2023

We examine the recent Government review into insolvency with the report Chair. 

Broken or fit for purpose? We put Australia’s corporate insolvency regime under the spotlight. 

Tune in now.

Host: Dr Jane Rennie, Head of Media and External Engagement, CPA Australia

Guest: Senator Deborah O’Neill, the Chair of a Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporate and Financial Services (PJCCFS) which released a report into corporate insolvency in July 2023 

For more insights, you can read the corporate insolvency in Australia report online and CPA Australia’s submission to the review. 

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

 

Aug 21, 2023

JobKeeper was the biggest stimulus payment to business in Australian history.

CPA Australia’s expert panel takes a look at how this A$88.9 billion stimulus package stacks up against other programs and evaluates its effectiveness. 

Was it worth the cost? Tune in now. 

Host: Dr Jane Rennie, Head of Media and External Engagement, CPA Australia

Guests: Elinor Kasapidis, Head of Policy and Advocacy, CPA Australia, and Gavan Ord, Senior Manager Business Policy, CPA Australia 

In June this year, the Australian Government called for feedback on the JobKeeper program. CPA Australia made a submission, which you can read online

CPA Australia publishes four podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast app. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Aug 7, 2023

Do you need to enhance your understanding of Australia's property market? Whether you’re a homeowner, investor, buyer or renter, this episode will provide you with valuable property insights. 

Uncover expert perspectives from one of Australia's most respected economists by tuning in now. 

Host: Dr Jane Rennie, Head of Media and External Relations, CPA Australia

Guest: Warren Hogan, Chief Economic Adviser at Judo Bank, Managing Director and Founder of EQ Economics, former chief economist of the ANZ Banking Group and a principal adviser to the Federal Treasury. Hogan also undertakes residential property research as an economic adviser to Halo Technologies

For more on today’s topic, Hogan was a guest on With Interest earlier this year, offering expert insights on Australia’s property market. 

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Jul 24, 2023

The ISSB's new reporting standards IFRS S1 and S2 are set to have a wide-ranging impact. If you’re a business, finance or accounting professional, these expert insights on the two new reporting changes will come in handy. 

Tune in now to so you can better understand how these reporting changes might impact your business.

Hosts: Patrick Viljoen, Senior Manager ESG policy, CPA Australia and Ram Subramanian, Senior Manager, Reporting Policy, CPA Australia

Guest: Terence Jeyaretnam, Partner and APAC Leader of Ernst & Young Climate Change and Sustainability team based in Melbourne

For more information on today’s topic, CPA Australia has insights on sustainability reporting – IFRS S1 and S2 and the implications for Australian entities and their boards

Additionally, in the light of climate-related risks becoming a major area of focus for organisations today, CPA Australia has a climate risk and audit of financial statements overview guide.

 

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Jul 10, 2023

Financial performance isn’t the only corporate benchmark these days.

Investor and public information needs are evolving towards a broader set of performance measures, such as climate change, modern slavery and human rights. 

Tune in now to learn more.   

Host: Ram Subramanian, Senior Manager Reporting and Audit Policy, CPA Australia

Guest: Dr Andreas Barckow, Chair of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) 

For more information, the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFSB) website has an article that explains the benefits of connectivity in reports.

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Jun 26, 2023

Are you concerned about data fraud at tax time? If so, this podcast can help. 

Learn how to avoid online scams and keep your personal and business data safe with expert advice from the ATO. Join Assistant Commissioner Tim Loh and CPA Australia’s senior tax manager as they explain smart ways to avoid online scammers at tax time. 

Tune in now. 

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

 Guest: Tim Loh, Assistant Commissioner Australian Tax Office (ATO)

For more information, the ATO website has multiple resources for online security tips and advice. The myGovID website is also updated regularly with support materials.

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Jun 19, 2023

Are you a property investor? Then this is the tax time podcast for you. 

Join ATO Assistant Commissioner Tim Loh together with CPA Australia’s senior tax expert as they outline what you need to know ahead of tax time 2023. 

Don’t miss out on this essential guide for property investors. 

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

Guest: Tim Loh, Assistant Commissioner Australian Tax Office (ATO)

For more tax-time insights, the ATO’s toolkit for investors is a helpful place to start.

The ATO has further guidance on main residence exemption for foreign residents.

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast provider. 

Email our podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Jun 12, 2023

Are you a tradie? Then this is the tax time podcast for you. Join ATO Assistant Commissioner Tim Loh as he outlines tradies’ work-related expenses for 2023.

Also featuring CPA Australia’s senior tax expert, this is the ultimate guide for Aussie tradies at tax time. 

Tune in now. 

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

Guest: Tim Loh, Assistant Commissioner Australian Tax Office (ATO)

If you’re an employee or sole trader working in the trades, the ATO has guidance for you.

For more on what tradies can claim, the ATO has advice for employees or those who run a small business.

The ATO also lists information on personal services income and tradesperson income and work-related deductions.

Additionally, in the ATO app there is a handy tool called myDeductions that makes it easier to keep records in one place.

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast provider. 

Email our podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Jun 5, 2023

ATO Assistant Commissioner Tim Loh is in the studio to explain what you need to know for tax time 2023. Along with CPA Australia’s senior tax expert, this is your ultimate guide to tax time. 

Do not miss out. Tune in now. 

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

Guest: Tim Loh, Assistant Commissioner Australian Tax Office 

For more essential insights, With Interest has covered the ATO’s changes to working from home deductions, and outlined the new online economy tax changes.

Additionally, if you would like to understand more about FBT-free EVS, there is an episode from 2022 that outlines key information on this topic. 

Furthermore, the ATO has guidance on its website for the fixed rate method, and information on motor vehicle and car expenses as well as the sharing economy reporting regime

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

May 22, 2023

Australia's Productivity Commission aims to double philanthropic giving by 2030. Is this a realistic ambition? 

Tune in now for CPA Australia expert analysis of the Commission’s review into philanthropy and find out what you need to know. 

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

Guest: Ram Subramanian, Senior Manager Reporting and Audit Policy, CPA Australia

If you’d like to read more about this topic, CPA Australia’s submission to the Productivity Commission is online. 

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

May 10, 2023

The Treasurer’s Federal Budget 2023 has been delivered with CPA Australia's tax and business experts dissecting the announcement. 

Stay informed with this in-depth budget breakdown. Listen now.

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

Guests: Elinor Kasapidis, Senior Manager Taxation Policy CPA Australia and Gavan Ord, Senior Manager Business Policy, CPA Australia

For additional coverage, head online for CPA Australia’s 2023-24 Federal Budget coverage. 

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Apr 25, 2023

There’s a crisis in Australia. 

Construction companies are going into liquidation at a record rate, leaving home buyers, tradespeople, employees and the industry in shock. 

CPA Australia’s insolvency expert shares advice and need-to-know insights. 

Listen now. 

Host: Jennifer Duke, External Affairs Lead, CPA Australia

Guest: Kristen Beadle, Manager Public Practice and SME, CPA Australia

And for more, CPA Australia has a guidance page on indicators of financial distress for SMEs

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Apr 3, 2023

Australia’s superannuation system is a global leader. 

Worth around AUD $3.4 trillion, the nation should be proud of the world’s fifth-largest super system, one that covers around 16 million Australians as they work towards retirement. 

So, why is the Australian Government seeking to legislate an “objective” for super? A public consultation on the objective recently closed, and CPA Australia has made a submission. 

CPA Australia thinks that superannuation is only one component of a broader retirement savings system and, therefore, should not be considered in isolation. 

Furthermore, there should be a clear long-term vision articulated for Australia’s retirement savings system. 

We speak with the author of CPA Australia’s submission to learn more. 

Listen now. 

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

Guest: Michael Davison, Senior Manager Advocacy and Retirement Policy, CPA Australia 

For information on today’s topic, you can read CPA Australia’s submission on legislating an objective for the superannuation system. 

And for more, CPA Australia has a summary page with policy perspectives to government policy, legislative or administrative announcements

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Mar 27, 2023

Did you know the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) was last reviewed in 1981? That was the Campbell inquiry reporting to the then Fraser Government. 

Much has changed since then. 

Little wonder there’s great interest in this current review to be delivered to the Federal Government imminently, and which was triggered by the reporting of senior Sydney Morning Herald and The Age correspondent Shane Wright. 

The respected correspondent joins Jennifer Duke, CPA Australia’s Walkley Award-winning former economics correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. 

They discuss the potential impact of this review. In particularly, the origins of the RBA and the broader implications for the Central Bank of this review. 

And with the RBA firmly in the spotlight for its aggressive cash rate rises since May 2022, there will be much focus on this review when it’s delivered to the Treasurer Jim Chalmers. 

“The reserve bank has this fantastic graph,” Wright says in this episode, “showing its forecast for wages growth from about 2012 marked against reality. And never the twain shall meet. 

“This is the Mary Celeste of forecasting.” 

Listen now. 

Host: Jennifer Duke, External Affairs Lead at CPA Australia

Guest: Shane Wright, Senior Economics correspondent with the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

You can read Shane’s reporting on the origins of the Reserve Bank and the case for a review.

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Audio of RBA Governor Philip Lowe: Source: Reserve Bank of Australia 2021

Mar 20, 2023

A new Asia-Pacific Small Business survey by CPA Australia was released this week. 

And the survey has some surprise findings, despite the economic turbulence and COVID-19-related issues. 

However, we’ve flagged issues with the government that we believe could harm our future growth.

Want key learnings from CPA Australia’s 14th annual Asia-Pacific small business survey? 

We received responses from 4280 small businesses in:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Mainland China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam

In this episode, we chat with one of the report’s authors to deep dive into the findings. 

Listen now. 

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

Guest: Gavan Ord, Senior Manager Business Policy, CPA Australia 

And after you’ve listened to the podcast, have a read of the CPA Australia’s Small Business Survey and vote in our LinkedIn poll

There is also a media release on this podcast topic.

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Mar 13, 2023

Retirement and financial wellbeing depends on ensuring all Australians can access appropriate, high-quality financial advice. Right? However, aspects of this sector haven’t worked as well as they could. Instead, consumers and advisers are grappling with high costs, a lack of trust and excessive documentation. 

For these reasons, there has been a review (Michelle Levy’s Quality of Advice Review, otherwise known as the QAR)

The aim of the review is to improve the accessibility and affordability of quality financial advice. The recommendations were made public in February 2023.

 To dive into the QAR are two CPA Australia experts who made submissions and worked closely with government and industry to help find some practical solutions. 

Want to learn more? Listen right now. 

Host: Jennifer Duke, External Affairs Lead at CPA Australia

Guests: Keddie Waller, Head of Public Practice and SME at CPA Australia, and Michael Davison, Senior Manager, Advocacy and Retirement Policy at CPA Australia

You can also have a look at CPA Australia’s Quality of Advice Review – Proposals for Reform.

And read the media release explaining why the Joint Associations Working Group welcomes the release of the final report of the Quality of Advice Review

For further information, CPA Australia has produced a Value of Advice research report which has some excellent insights.

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance and accounting: 

Search for them in your podcast platform. 

You can email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au

Mar 6, 2023

In this special episode, we explain what this statement actually means. And why a professional accounting organisation like ours is actively supporting reconciliation.  

And we ask the tough questions, such as, is this an appropriate thing for businesses to be doing? And is there a risk that some will engage in so-called ‘social washing?

Providing perspective and insights on this important issue are two experts from CPA Australia. 

Simone Spaulding, CPA Australia Senior Manager, Culture, Capability and Wellbeing, and Patrick Viljoen, CPA Australia Senior Manager Environmental, Social and Governance Policy.

Listen now. 

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

Guests: 

Simone Spaulding, CPA Australia Senior Manager, Culture, Capability and Wellbeing

Patrick Viljoen, Senior Manager Environmental, Social and Governance Policy at CPA Australia.

CPA Australia publishes three podcasts, providing commentary and thought leadership across business, finance, and accounting: 

Search for them on your podcast platform. 

Email the podcast team at podcasts@cpaaustralia.com.au 

You can also read CPA Australia’s response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2022-2024 on our website

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