We aim to complement your students’ academic qualification by connecting them to opportunities within the profession. We also provide students with information and advice that helps them build their careers. This neatly dovetails with the work of academic institutions, helping to put more prepared and qualified people in the field.

Building careers

CPA Career Mentor

CPA Australia supports the next generation of talent, with a focus on finance and accounting professionals, by providing a valuable set of career resources.

The CPA Career Mentor website is your 24/7 career mentor and the home of these resources, including job seeking, career and professional development advice, information on how to become a CPA and inspirational stories from CPAs on the leadership track. Visitors can also Ask A Mentor a question and get an answer from a pool of highly-respected CPAs and FCPAs from across the globe.

CPA Australia network

Once part of the CPA Australia network, your students will gain the insights and opportunities that can springboard a rewarding career.

As subscribers to CPA Australia network your students have instant access to the career edge they need including:

  • Career Expo – an event connecting students to leading employers
  • Employer partners – to be among the first to hear about internship and graduate employment opportunities

For more information visit the CPA Australia network.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships are available through CPA Australia, to help Indigenous Australians to meet the educational requirements for CPA status. Scholarship recipients are exempt from all CPA Program professional level segment fees. They will also have membership fees waived for their first year as an Associate member. For more information visit scholarships.

Indigenous Accountants Australia

Indigenous Accountants Australia is a joint initiative to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to pursue careers in accounting. CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia are collaborating to address the under-representation of Indigenous Australians in the accounting profession.

The project aims to promote accounting as a professional career path for Indigenous Australians through engagement with students, universities and employers.

For more information Indigenous Accountants Australia.

Student prizes and awards

CPA Australia rewards student excellence with a variety of sponsored prizes for first year, second year and graduating students across various university campuses. For more information email network@cpaaustralia.com.au  

On your campus

We actively promote the profession and encourage students to major in accounting. Our tertiary relationship managers are visible on every university campus providing students with an industry resource and the opportunity to engage with a professional body.

Student associations

We sponsor accounting and business student associations across various universities in Australia and internationally.

Lecture presentations

Our tertiary relationship managers deliver presentations to students, designed to provide a snapshot of the profession, an introduction to the exciting opportunities open to them and explain how the CPA designation can benefit their careers. They can also deliver presentations designed to provide an insight into the importance of a professional designation and to how the CPA Program is structured. Information sessions may include guest speakers, giving students the opportunity to connect with professionals.

Campus stalls

Campus information stalls are designed to give students the opportunity to connect with CPA Australia. We use events such as orientation week and careers fairs to promote student membership programs, competitions and incentives for students.

Student ambassadors

Students who wish to maximise the opportunities that CPA Australia offers can apply to become a student ambassador. As ambassadors, they will develop leadership and personal development skills as they assist CPA Australia’s tertiary team with campus activities.

Campus liaison officers

Campus liaison officers are academic staff that act as key contacts within their faculty for CPA Australia. They assist CPA Australia with a range of activities such as organising lecture presentations and answering student questions about CPA Australia. For more information email network@cpaaustralia.com.au 

Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition

Through our partnership with Business Educators Australasia, we support secondary school business educators. The peak body aims to promote and extend business education at the secondary school level to improve the calibre of students attending University. We share this goal, and support it through our sponsorship of the Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition. The competition invites secondary students in Australia to submit a business plan on a creative idea for a small business.

Find out more.