CPA Australia's various councils and committees offer members an opportunity to:
- support the organisation and represent members from their location or industry sector
- assist the board and management by providing feedback and guidance on issues impacting members and the profession
- increase their professional knowledge and networks.
The Appointments Council is responsible for appointing the CPA Australia Board of Directors and is comprised of a representative from each of the Divisional and Branch Councils. The Company’s current Branch Councils are the Northern Territory, New Zealand and Europe.
Council of Presidents
The Council of Presidents (comprising the Presidents of each of the Divisional and Branch Councils) advises the Board on strategic issues and opportunities, drawing on the views of the members. The responsibility of the Council of Presidents includes two-way engagement with Divisional and Branch Councils and the Board.
Division and Branch Councils
Members are elected to Division and Branch Councils by members of the division or branch. The Councils are an important channel of communication between members and the Board and are essential for serving members. Their key focus is on member engagement and advocacy of the profession and CPA Australia.
Committees of Directors
The CPA Australia Board of Directors governs five board committees that assist the board in its decision-making and policy processes. The five committees are:
- Audit and Risk
- Member Engagement
- Independent Review Implementation.
All committee members are Directors and are appointed by the Board.
CPA Australia has two Advisory Committees which advise the CPA Australia Board of Directors in the areas of:
- professional qualifications
- public practice.
Two Compliance Committees, the Quality Review Committee and the Disciplinary Committee, evaluate and review the professional conduct of members to ensure they comply with ethical and legal obligations relevant to the accounting and finance professions.
Divisional and Branch Committees
Divisional and Branch Committees are established by Divisional Councils to enhance member engagement. The committees and branches represent the interests of members within a particular sector or group and act in an advisory capacity to the Council, under agreed terms of reference or a charter.
Representative Committees – other locations
CPA Australia has established representative offices in various locations around the world which are not divisions or branches as defined in Article 52 of the Constitution. Representative offices are established to assist CPA Australia members residing in these locations with their continuing professional development and other benefits of membership. These offices may or may not be staffed by CPA Australia and are permitted to form Committees of local members.