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CPA Australia

CPA Australia is one of the world’s largest accounting bodies with a global membership of more than 155,000 members working in 118 countries around the world, with more than 25,000 members working in senior leadership positions.

Our core services to members include education, training, technical support and advocacy. Employees and members work together with local and international bodies to represent the views and concerns of the profession to governments, regulators, industries, academia and the general public.

Our Vision

CPA Australia is known for being the world’s best member service organisation.

Our Goal

To maximise the share of people who want a career built on professional accounting skills.

You can find our latest integrated report on our website:

https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/about-us/our-organisation

What is a CPA?

A Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) is a finance, accounting and business professional with a specific qualification. The CPA designation is a mark of high professional competence. It indicates a soundness in depth, breadth and quality of accountancy knowledge.

The designation is widely regarded by employers and members. It provides members with an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification as well as the opportunity to complete specialist training and continuing professional development (CPD). To use the CPA designation, a member must:

-complete a degree or a postgraduate award recognised by CPA Australia

-complete the CPA Program, including three years of professional experience in finance, accounting or business

-undertake CPD activities each year

-comply to a strict code of conduct set by CPA Australia

To offer public accounting services, CPAs must also complete CPA Australia’s Public Practice Program, which involves distance learning and a residential component, and must hold a Public Practice Certificate in accordance with the CPA Australia’s by-laws.

PROJECTS

Indigenous Accountants Australia project

CPA Australia, along with other professional accounting bodies are looking to address the under-representation of Indigenous Australians within the accounting profession.

The Indigenous Accountants Australia initiative sees the accounting bodies using their extensive networks, knowledge and expertise to encourage more students, particularly those at, or about to enter, tertiary level studies to consider an accounting qualification as a stepping stone to a professional and rewarding career.

A key element of the initiative is relationship building – connecting with other organisations involved in programs focused on the Indigenous community, businesses and accountants who can assist students in their professional development and offer support.  Get involved to act as a mentor, provide work experience or utilise the opportunity to fill vacancies within your organisation through the below mediums.

Updated e-guide launched for the not-for-profit and public sector

The updated e-guide Valuation and Depreciation (for public and not-for-profit sectors under AASB accounting standards) from CPA Australia and the Australian Asset Management Collaborative Group has a simple objective: to bring clarity and understanding to a complex topic.

The guide places great emphasis on the relationship between financial reporting and infrastructure asset management and how the financial reporting valuation process has provided the mechanism to identify and validate the location and condition of assets, resulting in key data to be used with the asset management framework.

The infrastructure assets of the public sector are very large in range and volume and the same is increasingly true of the private not-for-profit sector as it continues to be used to deliver formerly public sector activities.

When coupled with the complexity of some of the evolving concepts in the financial reporting accounting standards, including AASB 13 Fair Value Measurement, there are many challenges for management, valuers and auditors.

The author of the guide, David Edgerton FCPA, draws on his 25 plus years’ experience in the Queensland Audit Office and in public practice to provide high-level and detailed guidance on a subject that many find complex. The guide provides many examples of a wide range of processes and methodologies.

It  has been written with three distinct types of readers in mind:

  • Non-technical people who only require a high-level understanding
  • Those involved in the non-technical aspects of the valuation process, such as procurement
  • Technical people from different disciplines who will be involved in the valuation process and may include accountants, valuers and engineers

Written for use across borders, the guide refers to the requirements of the International Financial Reporting Standards, the International Public Sector Accounting Standards and their jurisdictional equivalents such as the Australian Accounting Standards.

Staff Volunteering

Volunteering leave is available to all employees who want to contribute to the community through the employee volunteering program.  Below are just two of the annual initiatives undertaken by CPA Australia employees:

September challenge

For 28 days in September CPA Australia teams stepped up to the September challenge by walking, running, cycling to 10,000 steps per day and at the same time raising money for Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Our teams have completed an outstanding number of steps and raised thousands of dollars. This has been a great health and wellbeing initiative which has not only seen some healthy competition between the teams but some innovative fundraising ideas from our participants.

Daniher’s Drive

CPA Australia joins the push to solve the puzzle of motor neurone disease with a four-day adventure across Victoria called Daniher’s Drive.

MND, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease in the US, is an umbrella term for a group of diseases that attack the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control muscle movement. The condition has a cruel progression, trapping people with active minds in increasingly paralysed bodies, unable to move, speak or eat unaided.

CPA Australia chief executive Alex Malley says many members have been touched by MND. He says CPA Australia takes the challenge to help raise research funds for a cure by supporting Daniher and his Daniher’s Drive initiative.

Grants

CPA Australia global research perspectives program:

The Global Research Perspectives Program is CPA Australia’s annual research grants program, which encourages and supports research worldwide that is relevant to our membership, the profession and the global business community.

CPA Australia will consider bold and innovative projects that have merit and potential. CPA Australia supports the dissemination of high quality and innovative research to influence governments, regulators and standards, and inform our members.

New research grants are available for researchers, institutions and consultancies. Partnerships between academe and business are encouraged. We welcome cross-disciplinary applications and requests for joint funding with other organisations.

Proposals for research go through a rigorous review process prior to commissioning and funding.  These short form applications will be reviewed with all applicants informed within six weeks if CPA Australia requires further details for consideration.

CPA Australia and Australian Scholarship Foundation scholarship

CPA Australia provides scholarships to assist members in need to undertake the CPA Program and offer up to five scholarships annually.

The purpose of the scholarship is to enable managers and financial officers of registered charitable organisations to enhance their knowledge and skills to further contribute to the management and accountability of charitable not-for-profit organisations. The scholarship entitles recipients to exemption from all CPA Program subject fees.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship

CPA Australia sponsors up to five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) scholarships. The scholarships aim to help ATSI people to meet the educational requirements for CPA status. The scholarship entitles recipients to exemption from all CPA Program subject fees and their first year of CPA Australia membership free, at Associate level.

Māori scholarships

CPA Australia is offering up to two scholarships annually for students of Māori descent. The scholarships will be awarded each July to the best-qualified applications based on tertiary academic results and will assist recipients to meet education requirements needed to attain CPA status. Scholarship recipients will be exempt from all CPA Program subject fees and first year membership fees as an Associate (ASA).

For more information:  http://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/cpa-program/scholarships

Partnerships

The 21st Century Minds Accelerator Program is an initiative designed to unearth, grow and scale Australia’s best education initiatives focused on building Australia’s pipeline of innovators and problem solvers.

“21st Century Minds was created to help to build the pipeline of innovators and problem solvers Australia needs to become an innovation nation.”

The program is an initiative of PwC that is being supported by a broad range of business, government and education collaborators, including ourselves.  Together, the community will look to support up to 20 STEM education focused initiatives through an intense and bespoke acceleration process to help them achieve rapid and effective scale.

Each initiative will be provided with a dedicated support team of 4-5 mentors for which CPA Australia have staff who are undertaking the opportunity.  This will be a combination of mentors from PwC and the collaborator community, and will support the successful applicants to solve the challenges faced along their journey.

The program will run from February to November 2016.

This is a unique opportunity where mentors will experience first-hand the challenges faced by enterprises seeking to scale.  Mentors will build skills in mentoring, coaching, networking and what it takes to be a leader of change.  Mentors will also have the chance to build a broad and diverse network with fellow mentors, participants and the broader 21CM Network.

Full details of the program can be views at www.pwc.com.au/events/21cm.

Friday, 3rd March 2017

Culturally diverse women are experiencing a “double jeopardy” in ASX leadership, according to a new report which reveals the…Read More

Thursday, 8th September 2016

Despite some progress, Not for Profits are still bound by red tape. Alex Malley, chief executive of CPA Australia, looks at whether…Read More

Tuesday, 12th April 2016

A new guide from accounting peak body CPA Australia, which helps Not for Profits meet the requirements of recently issued accounti…Read More

Wednesday, 6th May 2015

Former accountant Richard Blakeman uses his extensive corporate experience to give purpose and structure to vital Not for Profit…Read More

Thursday, 4th December 2014

Almost half of all Australian Stock Exchange Top 50 (ASX50) companies are failing  to articulate the value being created by e…Read More

Wednesday, 24th September 2014

A social impact study conducted by one of Australia’s major professional accounting bodies has revealed a high level of ski…Read More

Monday, 1st September 2014

It’s just as important for an interviewee to uncover the true culture of a business and the personality of a potential new bos…Read More

Tuesday, 8th April 2014

A new monthly publication will use Pro Bono Australia’s extensive experience and depth of reporting to deliver a synthesis…Read More

Thursday, 20th March 2014

Accounting peak body, CPA Australia has developed a free online publication to help better understand Not for Profit financial re…Read More

Monday, 24th February 2014

The Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Partnerships Australia have partnered in a mentoring program to build leadership…Read More

Wednesday, 11th December 2013

A new global framework has formalised and standardised the principles of an emerging form of corporate disclosure: integrated re…Read More

Wednesday, 11th December 2013

Corporate Australia has enthusiastically embraced cross-sectoral collaboration, with peak accounting body CPA member regist…Read More

Tuesday, 15th October 2013

Accounting peak body, CPA Australia, has released a ‘first of its kind’ guide focussed on helping Australian charit…Read More

Tuesday, 15th October 2013

More than 200 CPA Australia accountants have signed on to the new Not for Profit ‘Mentor the Treasurer’ national prog…Read More

Thursday, 25th July 2013

CPA Australia, in partnership with Pro Bono Australia, is offering qualified accountants the opportunity to add value to the comm…Read More

Thursday, 14th March 2013

Timing is critical for Not for Profits to enter into a corporate partnership, a Not for Profit conference has been told. Partnershi…Read More

Wednesday, 9th January 2013

Scholarships to attend a Not for Profit conference to prepare the sector for regulation through the newly established Australian…Read More

Monday, 12th November 2012

There are some obvious and not-so-obvious clues that it’s time to move on from your current position. This article was first…Read More

Friday, 15th June 2012


Kevin Andrews speaking at a major policy address on a charities commission Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Servic…Read More

Tuesday, 12th June 2012

CPA Australia are holding a week-long conference including a day dedicated to Not for Profits. Day three of the Adelaide CPA confer…Read More

Thursday, 17th May 2012


Pro Bono Australia's Karen Mahlab and CPA's Eddie Ripard at the launch of the new partnership. Accounting and finance pea…Read More

Thursday, 10th May 2012

Charity Reform expert Linda Lavarch has predicted that there can be a ‘Nirvana’ for the Not for Profit sector under th…Read More

Thursday, 26th April 2012

Passion and goodwill alone can no longer drive the Not for Profit (NFP) sector – a balance of goodwill and corporatisation is…Read More

Wednesday, 28th March 2012

SPONSORED ARTICLE: Charities will receive first hand information on the progress of the establishment of the Australian Chariti…Read More

About Us

CPA Australia is one of the world’s largest accounting bodies with a global membership of more than 155,000 members working in 118 countries around the world, with more than 25,000 members working in senior leadership positions.

Our core services to members include education, training, technical support and advocacy. Employees and members work together with local and international bodies to represent the views and concerns of the profession to governments, regulators, industries, academia and the general public.

Our Vision

CPA Australia is known for being the world’s best member service organisation.

Our Goal

To maximise the share of people who want a career built on professional accounting skills.

You can find our latest integrated report on our website:

https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/about-us/our-organisation

What is a CPA?

A Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) is a finance, accounting and business professional with a specific qualification. The CPA designation is a mark of high professional competence. It indicates a soundness in depth, breadth and quality of accountancy knowledge.

The designation is widely regarded by employers and members. It provides members with an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification as well as the opportunity to complete specialist training and continuing professional development (CPD). To use the CPA designation, a member must:

-complete a degree or a postgraduate award recognised by CPA Australia

-complete the CPA Program, including three years of professional experience in finance, accounting or business

-undertake CPD activities each year

-comply to a strict code of conduct set by CPA Australia

To offer public accounting services, CPAs must also complete CPA Australia’s Public Practice Program, which involves distance learning and a residential component, and must hold a Public Practice Certificate in accordance with the CPA Australia’s by-laws.

PROJECTS

Indigenous Accountants Australia project

CPA Australia, along with other professional accounting bodies are looking to address the under-representation of Indigenous Australians within the accounting profession.

The Indigenous Accountants Australia initiative sees the accounting bodies using their extensive networks, knowledge and expertise to encourage more students, particularly those at, or about to enter, tertiary level studies to consider an accounting qualification as a stepping stone to a professional and rewarding career.

A key element of the initiative is relationship building – connecting with other organisations involved in programs focused on the Indigenous community, businesses and accountants who can assist students in their professional development and offer support.  Get involved to act as a mentor, provide work experience or utilise the opportunity to fill vacancies within your organisation through the below mediums.

Updated e-guide launched for the not-for-profit and public sector

The updated e-guide Valuation and Depreciation (for public and not-for-profit sectors under AASB accounting standards) from CPA Australia and the Australian Asset Management Collaborative Group has a simple objective: to bring clarity and understanding to a complex topic.

The guide places great emphasis on the relationship between financial reporting and infrastructure asset management and how the financial reporting valuation process has provided the mechanism to identify and validate the location and condition of assets, resulting in key data to be used with the asset management framework.

The infrastructure assets of the public sector are very large in range and volume and the same is increasingly true of the private not-for-profit sector as it continues to be used to deliver formerly public sector activities.

When coupled with the complexity of some of the evolving concepts in the financial reporting accounting standards, including AASB 13 Fair Value Measurement, there are many challenges for management, valuers and auditors.

The author of the guide, David Edgerton FCPA, draws on his 25 plus years’ experience in the Queensland Audit Office and in public practice to provide high-level and detailed guidance on a subject that many find complex. The guide provides many examples of a wide range of processes and methodologies.

It  has been written with three distinct types of readers in mind:

  • Non-technical people who only require a high-level understanding
  • Those involved in the non-technical aspects of the valuation process, such as procurement
  • Technical people from different disciplines who will be involved in the valuation process and may include accountants, valuers and engineers

Written for use across borders, the guide refers to the requirements of the International Financial Reporting Standards, the International Public Sector Accounting Standards and their jurisdictional equivalents such as the Australian Accounting Standards.

Community

Staff Volunteering

Volunteering leave is available to all employees who want to contribute to the community through the employee volunteering program.  Below are just two of the annual initiatives undertaken by CPA Australia employees:

September challenge

For 28 days in September CPA Australia teams stepped up to the September challenge by walking, running, cycling to 10,000 steps per day and at the same time raising money for Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Our teams have completed an outstanding number of steps and raised thousands of dollars. This has been a great health and wellbeing initiative which has not only seen some healthy competition between the teams but some innovative fundraising ideas from our participants.

Daniher’s Drive

CPA Australia joins the push to solve the puzzle of motor neurone disease with a four-day adventure across Victoria called Daniher’s Drive.

MND, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease in the US, is an umbrella term for a group of diseases that attack the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control muscle movement. The condition has a cruel progression, trapping people with active minds in increasingly paralysed bodies, unable to move, speak or eat unaided.

CPA Australia chief executive Alex Malley says many members have been touched by MND. He says CPA Australia takes the challenge to help raise research funds for a cure by supporting Daniher and his Daniher’s Drive initiative.

Grants

CPA Australia global research perspectives program:

The Global Research Perspectives Program is CPA Australia’s annual research grants program, which encourages and supports research worldwide that is relevant to our membership, the profession and the global business community.

CPA Australia will consider bold and innovative projects that have merit and potential. CPA Australia supports the dissemination of high quality and innovative research to influence governments, regulators and standards, and inform our members.

New research grants are available for researchers, institutions and consultancies. Partnerships between academe and business are encouraged. We welcome cross-disciplinary applications and requests for joint funding with other organisations.

Proposals for research go through a rigorous review process prior to commissioning and funding.  These short form applications will be reviewed with all applicants informed within six weeks if CPA Australia requires further details for consideration.

CPA Australia and Australian Scholarship Foundation scholarship

CPA Australia provides scholarships to assist members in need to undertake the CPA Program and offer up to five scholarships annually.

The purpose of the scholarship is to enable managers and financial officers of registered charitable organisations to enhance their knowledge and skills to further contribute to the management and accountability of charitable not-for-profit organisations. The scholarship entitles recipients to exemption from all CPA Program subject fees.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship

CPA Australia sponsors up to five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) scholarships. The scholarships aim to help ATSI people to meet the educational requirements for CPA status. The scholarship entitles recipients to exemption from all CPA Program subject fees and their first year of CPA Australia membership free, at Associate level.

Māori scholarships

CPA Australia is offering up to two scholarships annually for students of Māori descent. The scholarships will be awarded each July to the best-qualified applications based on tertiary academic results and will assist recipients to meet education requirements needed to attain CPA status. Scholarship recipients will be exempt from all CPA Program subject fees and first year membership fees as an Associate (ASA).

For more information:  http://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/cpa-program/scholarships

Partnerships

The 21st Century Minds Accelerator Program is an initiative designed to unearth, grow and scale Australia’s best education initiatives focused on building Australia’s pipeline of innovators and problem solvers.

“21st Century Minds was created to help to build the pipeline of innovators and problem solvers Australia needs to become an innovation nation.”

The program is an initiative of PwC that is being supported by a broad range of business, government and education collaborators, including ourselves.  Together, the community will look to support up to 20 STEM education focused initiatives through an intense and bespoke acceleration process to help them achieve rapid and effective scale.

Each initiative will be provided with a dedicated support team of 4-5 mentors for which CPA Australia have staff who are undertaking the opportunity.  This will be a combination of mentors from PwC and the collaborator community, and will support the successful applicants to solve the challenges faced along their journey.

The program will run from February to November 2016.

This is a unique opportunity where mentors will experience first-hand the challenges faced by enterprises seeking to scale.  Mentors will build skills in mentoring, coaching, networking and what it takes to be a leader of change.  Mentors will also have the chance to build a broad and diverse network with fellow mentors, participants and the broader 21CM Network.

Full details of the program can be views at www.pwc.com.au/events/21cm.

Sustainability

News

Friday, 3rd March 2017

Culturally diverse women are experiencing a “double jeopardy” in ASX leadership, according to a new report which reveals the…Read More

Thursday, 8th September 2016

Despite some progress, Not for Profits are still bound by red tape. Alex Malley, chief executive of CPA Australia, looks at whether…Read More

Tuesday, 12th April 2016

A new guide from accounting peak body CPA Australia, which helps Not for Profits meet the requirements of recently issued accounti…Read More

Wednesday, 6th May 2015

Former accountant Richard Blakeman uses his extensive corporate experience to give purpose and structure to vital Not for Profit…Read More

Thursday, 4th December 2014

Almost half of all Australian Stock Exchange Top 50 (ASX50) companies are failing  to articulate the value being created by e…Read More

Wednesday, 24th September 2014

A social impact study conducted by one of Australia’s major professional accounting bodies has revealed a high level of ski…Read More

Monday, 1st September 2014

It’s just as important for an interviewee to uncover the true culture of a business and the personality of a potential new bos…Read More

Tuesday, 8th April 2014

A new monthly publication will use Pro Bono Australia’s extensive experience and depth of reporting to deliver a synthesis…Read More

Thursday, 20th March 2014

Accounting peak body, CPA Australia has developed a free online publication to help better understand Not for Profit financial re…Read More

Monday, 24th February 2014

The Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Partnerships Australia have partnered in a mentoring program to build leadership…Read More

Wednesday, 11th December 2013

A new global framework has formalised and standardised the principles of an emerging form of corporate disclosure: integrated re…Read More

Wednesday, 11th December 2013

Corporate Australia has enthusiastically embraced cross-sectoral collaboration, with peak accounting body CPA member regist…Read More

Tuesday, 15th October 2013

Accounting peak body, CPA Australia, has released a ‘first of its kind’ guide focussed on helping Australian charit…Read More

Tuesday, 15th October 2013

More than 200 CPA Australia accountants have signed on to the new Not for Profit ‘Mentor the Treasurer’ national prog…Read More

Thursday, 25th July 2013

CPA Australia, in partnership with Pro Bono Australia, is offering qualified accountants the opportunity to add value to the comm…Read More

Thursday, 14th March 2013

Timing is critical for Not for Profits to enter into a corporate partnership, a Not for Profit conference has been told. Partnershi…Read More

Wednesday, 9th January 2013

Scholarships to attend a Not for Profit conference to prepare the sector for regulation through the newly established Australian…Read More

Monday, 12th November 2012

There are some obvious and not-so-obvious clues that it’s time to move on from your current position. This article was first…Read More

Friday, 15th June 2012


Kevin Andrews speaking at a major policy address on a charities commission Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Servic…Read More

Tuesday, 12th June 2012

CPA Australia are holding a week-long conference including a day dedicated to Not for Profits. Day three of the Adelaide CPA confer…Read More

Thursday, 17th May 2012


Pro Bono Australia's Karen Mahlab and CPA's Eddie Ripard at the launch of the new partnership. Accounting and finance pea…Read More

Thursday, 10th May 2012

Charity Reform expert Linda Lavarch has predicted that there can be a ‘Nirvana’ for the Not for Profit sector under th…Read More

Thursday, 26th April 2012

Passion and goodwill alone can no longer drive the Not for Profit (NFP) sector – a balance of goodwill and corporatisation is…Read More

Wednesday, 28th March 2012

SPONSORED ARTICLE: Charities will receive first hand information on the progress of the establishment of the Australian Chariti…Read More

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