Member’s name: Raymond Gwatidzo
Date of Hearing: 9 August 2023
Division: Western Australia
Tribunal: One Person
On 9 August 2023 the Disciplinary Tribunal found Mr Raymond Gwatidzo breached the:
• CPA Australia’s Constitution of 22 May 2018 Article 39(a)(ii)(A), by having “breached this Constitution (or the constitution of the Company in force immediately before the Amending Date), By-Laws, Code of Professional Conduct or the Applicable Regulations” by breaching By-Law 4.2 of the 29 May 2020 By-Laws (By-Laws) in failing to produce for inspection a record of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activities in a triennium, with By- Law 4.2 providing:
“Each member undertaking continuing professional development must:
(a) Maintain a record of the precise nature of their Continuing Professional Development, including date, time expended and topics covered;
(b) Retain such record for at least 12 months after the end of the relevant triennium; and
(c) Produce such record to an officer of CPA Australia for inspection upon request.”
• CPA Australia’s Constitution of 14 May 2019 Article 39(a)(ii)(B) by having “been guilty of: 1) dishonourable practice in any profession or undertaking; or 2) conduct which is derogatory to, or not in the best interests of the Company or its Members;” with respect to your failure to adhere to the terms of an executed Letter of Undertaking you provided to CPA Australia on 8 November 2019, in which you undertook inter alia to complete additional 40 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours at any time in the 2019 – 2021 Triennium in addition to the required 120 hours for the next triennium.
Mr Raymond Gwatidzo did attend the Disciplinary Tribunal Hearing, and he admitted both Complaints.
Penalty and Costs:
The Disciplinary Tribunal found the Complaints sustained and imposed the following penalties:
• Forfeiture of membership
A condition of readmission to membership is that Mr Gwatidzo must provide evidence he has undertaken a minimum of 40 hours of CPD activities in the year immediately preceding the date of his application for readmission.
• A severe reprimand.
• A Fine of AUD$4,000.
The Member was ordered to pay a contribution to CPA Australia’s costs of $2,903.74