IMPACT POLICY GLOBALLY AND BE ACTIVE IN COMMUNITY ADVOCACY

To support this goal, there are four initiatives. Explore CPA Australia's progress on each below.  

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6.1 DEVELOP NEW APPROACH FOR POLICY AND ADVOCACY WORK
Media Presence

In 2018 there has been a significant increase in CPA Australia’s media presence from the perspective of policy and advocacy on issues of interest to members. The key topics have included blockchain, the Australian Federal Budget, New Zealand’s Tax Working Group review, year-end tax tips, ATO tax gap analysis, and work related expenses.

In early 2019, CPA Australia has commented widely on a number of issues: 

  • Cost of managing tax affairs (COMTA)
  • Refundable franking credits policy 
  • Hayne Royal Commission (PDF)
  • Pre-Budget Submission plus extensive
  • ASX Corporate Governance Principles
  • The accounting profession and the ever-increasing regulatory costs and compliance burden
  • Review into the effectiveness of the Tax Practitioners Board/Tax Agent Services Act 2009 (the Act) and the Tax Agent Services Regulations 2009

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6.2 INCREASE POLICY AND ADVOCACY WORK
Representing Members

In November, CPA Australia represented members at the Australian House of Representatives Economics Committee on the implications of removing refundable franking credits. 

Hong Kong Economic Survey

CPA Australia conducted a survey on Hong Kong’s economic outlook for 2019, the results of which were released in November 2018. The report received widespread coverage on TV, radio, print and online. View the media release in English (PDF) or Chinese (PDF). 

CPA Australia China Economic Survey

A survey of 220 CPA Australia members in Greater China to measure business sentiment. View the media release in English (PDF) or Chinese (PDF).

Singapore Budget commentary

CPA Australia provided commentary on major initiatives in Singapore 2019-20 Budget (PDF).

Audit guides

CPA Australia developed joint publications with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) on behalf of the Australian Auditing and Accounting Public Policy Committee (APPC) to improve audit quality.  


Submissions

CPA Australia is providing thought leadership and representing views of members on issues affecting the profession. 

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6.3 UTILISE EXPERT MEMBERS TO COMMUNICATE POLICY

Progress will be reported against this initiative during 2019. 

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6.4 UTILISE MEMBER FEEDBACK WHEN DEVELOPING POLICY POSITIONS
Centres of Excellence

CPA Australia has recently renewed and refreshed its Centres of Excellence – structured forums where experienced specialists assist in developing CPA Australia’s policy position. 

The Centres of Excellence are:

  • Environmental, social and governance
  • External reporting
  • Retirement savings
  • Taxation.

The Board has also recently approved the establishment of two new centres:

  • Ethics and professional standards
  • Business transformation / technology.
Greater Bay Area Initiative

A recent example of how we have utilised members to help develop policy position is the Greater Bay Area Initiative: Factors important to its success (PDF). This research is based on a survey of members and structured one-on-one discussions with member experts.

Greater Bay Area Initiative: Factors important to its success

Policy and Advocacy Roadshow

A series of events across Australia where members can provide input on CPA Australia’s position on policies announced as part of the 2019 Australian federal election, including franking credits, the cost of managing tax affairs, CGT, negative gearing, the Hayne Royal Commission and other current issues.

Recorded in Melbourne on Tuesday 9 April 2019.

Final Report on the Banking Royal Commission

A summary of recommendations (PDF) and call for input from members to inform CPA Australia’s position.

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