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.

Appointments Council

The Appointments Council is responsible for appointing the CPA Australia Board of Directors and is comprised of a representative from each of the Divisional Councils.

Council of Presidents 

The Council of Presidents (comprising the Presidents of each of the Divisional 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 Councils and the Board.

Divisional Councils 

Members are elected to Divisional Councils by members of the division. Divisional Councils key role is member engagement and local support for CPA Australia and in helping to maintain the integrity of the designation. Divisional Councils are an important conduit between the members and CPA Australia’s Board and the organisation more broadly.


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, Risk and Compliance
  • Finance and Policy
  • Nomination
  • Member Engagement
  • People, Remuneration and Culture Committee

All committee members are Directors and are appointed by the Board.

Advisory Committees

CPA Australia has two Advisory Committees which advise the CPA Australia Board of Directors in the areas of professional qualifications and public practice. 

Compliance Committees

Two Compliance Committees, the Quality Review Committee and the Disciplinary Panel, 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 Committees

Divisional Committees are established by Divisional Councils to enhance member engagement. The committees and regional branch represent the interests of members within a particular sector or group and organise or facilitate member engagement and professional development activities in addition to providing advice to the Council. 

Representative Committees – other locations

CPA Australia has established representative offices in various locations around the world which are not divisions 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.