Call for nominations

Nominations for election to Divisional Councils must be lodged electronically on the prescribed nomination form by no later than 5.00pm (AEST) Melbourne time on Monday 31 August.


The ballot for the election of Divisional Councillors for the three-year term 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023 will be conducted over the period 28 September to 19 October 2020.

Information for members

The number of vacancies per Divisional Council are listed below. Some existing councillors will be eligible to re-nominate for a further three-year term.

Australian Capital Territory 5
Europe 4
Greater China 4
Malaysia 8
New South Wales 8
New Zealand 4
Northern Territory 5
Queensland 2
Singapore  6
South Australia 7
Tasmania  3
Victoria 4
Western Australia  2


Members holding the status of CPA or FCPA are entitled to nominate for election and vote in their local Divisional Council elections.

Associate members, honorary members, members under suspension, and members with outstanding fees, fines or other amounts payable to CPA Australia that are more than three months overdue are not entitled to stand for election or to vote.

Information for potential candidates

Divisional Councillors are elected for a three-year term from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023 and may be re-elected for one further three-year term.

Divisional Councillors are volunteers and commit time and effort without remuneration for the benefit of CPA Australia and its members, to the accounting profession and the wider community.

Councillors are expected to attend regular Divisional Council meetings (monthly or bi-monthly) and participate in and lead regular engagement activity between council meetings. This could include meeting with committees and discussion groups, attending events and networking activities, and representing CPA Australia in various external forums. Attendance at certain activities could count towards councillors’ CPD obligations.

Commitment requirement for candidates

All Divisional Councillors must agree to the Volunteer Code of Conduct, declare conflicts of interest as they arise and adhere to the CPA Australia Privacy Policy. Further administrative requirements are covered in the Divisional Council Handbook which is updated annually. Copies of these documents can be obtained by contacting the local Returning Officer.

Nomination Process

Overview of nomination process

  1. Sign in to member account on CPA Australia’s website to access the online nomination form.
  2. Complete the nomination form by 5.00pm AEST on Monday 31 August.
  3. Submit nomination form and include a headshot image (JPEG or PNG).
  4. CPA Australia’s Secretariat will provide formal acknowledgement of each nomination received.*
  5. CPA Australia reviews each candidate profile with final approval by candidates.
  6. Approved candidate profiles are transferred automatically to the Divisional Council ballot.

Candidates must nominate through the BigPulse secure portal (accessed via the nomination form link) which will go live on Wednesday 29 July.

Candidates can begin their electronic nomination form, save their details and return to the form to review, amend and add further details before submitting.

In accordance with Part 6 of the By-Laws, candidates will be asked to provide personal particulars and further details that will be rendered into a standardised format to be presented to voters. Refer to the example as a guide when completing the nomination form.

Candidates will be asked to confirm their details have been presented accurately prior to the distribution of the ballot to voters.

Each nomination form must be signed electronically by two members eligible to vote in the election. The candidate must provide the names, email addresses and membership numbers of the two members, who will be asked to confirm that they are prepared to sign the nomination.
Note that these confirmations must be received by the close of the nomination period, to allow time for the two members to be contacted and to respond.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to provide a black and white photograph to accompany their nomination. This should be a ‘head and shoulders’ shot taken against a light (ideally white) background which will be displayed in black and white. Photographs will need to be uploaded with candidates’ details, and further guidance is provided on the online nomination form. Inclusion of a photograph is optional, and will be replaced by a blank space if not submitted.

Candidates will receive an immediate automated acknowledgement from BigPulse that their nomination has been lodged.

*Nominations will not be considered to have been lodged without the electronic acknowledgement.

Conduct of elections and voting by members

Elections are conducted in accordance with Part 6 (Election Procedure) of CPA Australia’s By-Laws.

Where the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies to be filled, a ballot will be held. Divisional Council elections are conducted on behalf of CPA Australia by the independent online polling firm BigPulse.

Members eligible to vote in their Divisional Council election will receive ballot information on or around Monday 28 September, and the ballot will open at 9.00am local time on that day. The ballot will close at 5.00pm local time on Monday 19 October.

Members with email addresses recorded by CPA Australia will receive their invitations to vote electronically. Members without email addresses will receive their invitation to vote through the post. Members will have electronic access to candidate details and can lodge their ballots electronically.

Instructions on how to lodge a valid vote will be provided with the voting information in accordance with Part 6 of the By-Laws, the ballot will be conducted as optional-preferential.

Election Results

Results of the 2020 Divisional Council elections for councillors to commence on 1 January 2021 will be announced in November in the local editions of CPA Update, local divisional newsletters and on the CPA Australia website.

Returning Officers

Local Divisional General Managers, Country Heads, and Regional Heads are Returning Officers for the ballots conducted in their respective Divisional Council.

Queries concerning eligibility to nominate for election or regarding the conduct of the ballot should be referred to local Returning Officers.

Further queries

If you have any questions about the process, contact your local Divisional General Manager, Regional or Country Head. Alternatively, email to [email protected].