Lorne Program

Public Practice Conference 2020

The Public Practice Conference Program is designed by public practitioners for public practitioners.

This conference aims to equip practitioners with the skills and knowledge required to build a sustainable practice for the future by engaging with leaders in accounting, technology, business, and health and wellbeing.

Held over two captivating days of informative keynotes, concurrent sessions and peer-to-peer networking, our extensive program gives you the flexibility to choose your own agenda based on your personal and career goals.




The Future of Work: Planning for Tomorrow’s Workforce

Speaker: Bernard Salt AM, Managing Director, The Demographics Group

The way we work in the future will look vastly different to today's landscape. Globally, it's predicted that the workplaces of tomorrow will be much more mobile, agile and connected as technology changes how and where work is done. In fact, this trend is underway with increasing numbers of people working in the ‘gig economy’ where portfolio careers feature, people work more flexibly, and many work virtually or remotely. The workforce and workplace as we know it is dramatically shifting and it's clear we are entering a time of significant change. Join Bernard as he discusses the new growth areas and what opportunities will arise from this shift.

Essential Tax Update

Speaker: Robyn Jacobson FCPA, Senior Tax Trainer, TaxBanter

With a forecast Budget surplus for 2019–20, the Government will be mid-term and continuing to push through its tax policy agenda. The volume and complexity of constant tax changes over the past year, as well as changes to the way in which agents interact digitally with the ATO, have provided endless challenges to tax practitioners. This crucial and popular session with Robyn, will guide you through the significant tax issues and policy developments of the last 12 months.

Taking the lead through the technology revolution

Speaker: Alan Fitzgerald, Founder, Practice Connections

Technology is a key driver of change. It improves efficiency, cuts costs, is an essential enabler in the delivery of services, and maximises business profitability. So, what do you need to be aware of in the changing trends of accounting technology? What will the landscape look like in the future?

In this session, Alan will demystify technology – in a buzzword free zone, enabling you to discover how efficiency tools might already be at your disposal without even realising it and why choosing the right tools for your business is so important to growth and sustainability internally and externally.




Concurrent sessions

Concurrent session highlights:

  • Cyber Security - what to do in a breach?
  • Social media - do’s and don’ts, how to market your practice and yourself
  • Disaster recovery and continuity plans
  • Insolvency updates
  • Succession planning, how to attract the great problem-solving talent.

There are three streams of concurrent sessions focused on the following topics:

  1. Growing your business - topics on Trends and Business impacts, Operational Transformation & Strategy
  2. Leading the profession - topics on Finance Fundamentals and Essential Updates
  3. Building your personal brand - topics on Personal Development, Leadership, Wellbeing

‘Join the conversation’ sessions (part of the concurrent sessions)

‘Join the conversation’ is an interactive round table discussion facilitated by a fellow practitioner providing the opportunity to gain insights and debate issues with your peers. These sessions will enable public practitioners to share their organisation’s best practices and strategies together on today’s most challenging issues.



Networking Functions

Welcome Function and Networking Drinks

Wednesday 20 May, Mantra Lorne, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Join us on Wednesday evening for an informal networking opportunity to meet your fellow public practice peers.

Conference Dinner

Thursday 21 May, Mantra Lorne, 6.30pm – 10.00pm

Enjoy an evening of entertainment, good food and great conversation. This fun networking dinner will offer you the chance to connect further with your fellow public practice peers in a relaxed and engaging environment.

Building Relationships and networking session

Thursday 21 May, Mantra Lorne, 3.40pm – 5.00pm

Join your fellow Public Practitioners in this facilitated networking experience to build relationships, get people thinking and working together. Running in two concurrent activities, Grape Expectations and Bean around the world, participants will experience something new and fun with their peers.