CPA Australia has 13 Divisions comprised of Australian states and territories, Europe, Greater China, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore. Each Divisional Council is comprised of members elected by the members within the Division.
Role of the Divisional Councils
As divisions are the primary touch point for members, the Council’s key focus is on member engagement and advocacy of the CPA Australia brand and the integrity of the designation. Council’s function as advisory bodies is an important conduit between the members and the CPA Australia’s Board of Directors. Depending on the size and complexity of the division, regional committee branches, speciality interest and sector committees or networks may support the work of Council in member engagement and advocacy activities.
In support of the Board, the role of the Council is to:
- Contribute to the strategy and direction of CPA Australia for the benefit of all its members
- Develop and implement an annual member engagement plan in alignment with the Corporate strategy
- Enhance relationships with key stakeholders, including employers, government and educational institutions, through representation in the community by promoting the CPA designation and brand to decision makers and leveraging its relationships with community leaders to create external advocates and supporters
- Contribute towards the effective representation of all members within the division, including effective succession planning and management of committees and networks
- Being accountable for any member groups (e.g. Discussion Groups) established by the Council to support it in performing its role
- Provide the forum for professional debate on relevant issues impacting the organisation and the profession
- Promote the value of the CPA Australia designation
- Discharge the responsibilities of the Divisional Council as contained in the Constitution or otherwise delegated by the Board from time to time, including:
- making decisions regarding Special Admission applications to CPA status
- appointing Divisional Council members to the Appointments Council
- nominating members for CPA Australia awards, including Divisional President’s awards
- communicating key messages of the Board to members.
Individual Councillors act as advocates for CPA Australia and for members of the division in their regions and spheres of influence.
As part of good governance practice and continuous improvement, each Council should evaluate the effectiveness of its Council by completing the annual survey distributed by the division.