CPA Congress perth 7 – 9 October


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Tuesday 8 October

8.30AM - 9.00AM
Registration and arrival
09.00AM - 09.15AM
Official Opening and Welcome to Country
09.15AM - 10.00AM
KN1: Sir Charles Court Oration
10.00AM - 10.30AM
Morning tea
10.30AM - 11.15AM
KN2: Reimagining the future through the lens of digitisation and automa…
Science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, transparent and abundant. Future Crunch will help you to generate optimism and shift perceptions to create new and better ways of doing things in the 21st of century.
  • Tané Hunter
    Cancer Researcher and Big Data Scientist, Future Crunch

    Tané is a big-data scientist, cancer researcher and bioinformatician. He's a co-founder of Future Crunch, as well as data analytics startup, Lighthouse.

    He holds a Masters in Bioinformatics from the University of Melbourne and has worked for the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases using by analysing DNA with data-mining and machine learning.

    He believes that cognitive code can help solve some of the biggest problems in finance, business and science. He is currently completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, using molecular biomarkers in DNA and analysing them using artificial intelligence to improve treatments for people suffering from cancer. He's also a former US mountain biking champion and an avid sailor.

11.20AM - 12.00PM
KN3: Future of digital currency and revenue raising
  • Leigh Travers
    Chief Executive Officer, DigitalX Leigh Travers is Managing Director of ASX-listed blockchain technology and asset management firm DigitalX Ltd and serves as Vice Chairman of Australia's blockchain industry body.

    Leigh has co-founded a blockchain media and education company and the Perth Blockchain Centre, a co-working space that serves as a home for Perth tech and investment professionals. Leigh previously worked for seven years at an ASX-listed wealth management firm. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Communications from the University of Western Australia and a Fintech Certification from MIT while living in Boston during 2016.
12.00PM - 12.45PM
KN3-FS: Future Skills Think Tank
  • Dr Simon Eassom
    Executive General Manager, Education, CPA Australia Dr Simon Eassom is a proven thought leader and subject matter expert on the future of learning and the alignment of technology with business strategy for the higher education and corporate education sectors. He has over 30 years’ experience as an academic and a business development executive delivering transformational projects as well as developing, consulting on, and selling innovative digital solutions for education.

    Simon has been a leader in the adoption of AI, predictive analytics, blockchain, and the Internet of Things for the sector and has been instrumental in the creation of digital solutions at the leading edge of the transformation of learning. He has been a senior leader within the university sector, a global industry executive for one of the world's most iconic technology companies and is currently Executive General Manager (Member Education) for the one of the largest professional member organisations for accountants and finance professionals.
12.45pm - 1.30PM
Exhibition lunch
Concurrent sessions
1.30PM - 2.15PM
Operational transformation
A1: Accelerating automation
1.30PM - 2.15PM
Finance fundamentals
A2: : Finance in a digital world
Key Points:
- The transforming role of finance in a digital world
- An overview of the key technologies disrupting finance operations
- Key lessons learned from the early adoption of these technologies
- What new technology means for the finance professional of the future
- How technology is enabling real time reporting and what this means for the month end close.
  • Mark Laybourn
    Director Corporate Advisory, Deloitte

    Mark is a Director in the Deloitte Advisory team in Perth with over 16 years of experience in Consulting, Corporate Finance and Accounting working with local and multinational corporations in the mining, energy and technology sectors. Mark supports CFOs and finance organisations to define their purpose and augment strategy, technology and talent to better satisfy the needs of their stakeholders.

    In his current role, Mark has experience across a wide range of projects including finance strategy, business partnering, technology selection and implementation, analytics and visualisation.

1.30PM - 2.15PM
Strategy and leadership
A3: Managing Up
We are frequently taught how to “manage” or “lead” from a top down perspective.

What about from a bottom up? How do we establish a great working relationship with our boss, and maybe our boss’s boss?

In this session author and workplace productivity expert, Donna McGeorge will share with it what it takes to establish trust, credibility and confidence between you and your manager, and why it’s important.

Take a non-political approach to handling workplace politics.
  • Donna McGeorge
    Time Management expert and author

    Donna McGeorge makes work work. 

    She is passionate about enhancing the large amount of time we spend in our workplace (too much, for many) to ensure it is effective and productive, as well as enjoyable. 
    Donna has worked with managers and leaders throughout Australia and the Asia-–Pacific for over 20 years. She delivers practical skills, training, workshops and facilitation to corporates — such as Nissan Motor Company, Jetstar, Medibank Private and Ford Motor Company — so they learn to manage their people well and produce great performance and results. 

    She also knows that when we decide to be intentional, we can surprise ourselves with what we can achieve.  Donna has authored 6 books and her CV includes:  Manager of Theatre, Sports & Concert Tours for the UK-based Keith Prowse; Asia–Pacific Organisational Development Manager for Ford Motor Company in Shanghai, China; as well as roles at Telstra, Qantas & Ernst & Young.

1.30PM - 2.15PM
Personal development
A4: How personal branding is a win-win for you and your organisation

In today’s fast-changing business environment, it’s crucial to elevate the professional profiles of your people and give them the personal brand confidence and tools they need to effectively represent the organisation, build trust and communicate powerfully with clients and prospects.

Join Julissa, a branding advisory specialist explore branding guidelines:
- Why is personal branding so important in a professional practice?
- How your personal brand is shaped, in person and online – with or without your knowledge!
- Why build a team culture of confident personal brands? What’s in it for the organisation… and the individual working there?
- The challenge of ‘ownership’: Empowering, rather than overly restricting, how team members use their personal social media profiles.

  • Julissa Shrewsbury
    Managing Director, New Work Consulting

    Julissa Shrewsbury is the founder and managing director of New Work Consulting, a specialist brand advisory working with professional service organisations on how their people represent themselves and the company brand, both online and in-person. Julissa’s strategic approach to branding is about highlighting your people as your point of difference. Her method involves drawing out people’s key strengths and helping them communicate the value they bring to stakeholders, leading to stronger positioning, connectivity and visibility to reach individual and company KPIs.

    Author, speaker, LinkedIn Influencer and Australia-wide thought leader in personal branding for business, Julissa regularly writes and speaks on topics such as personal branding for professional people, how to make an impact online, and how to use LinkedIn and networking in strategic and targeted ways to build real business relationships.

Concurrent sessions
2.25PM - 3.10PM
Operational transformation
B1: How AI is transforming data analytics to drive business decisions
  • Lovesh Patni
    Director, Consulting, Analytics & Cognitive, Deloitte Lovesh Patni is a director with Deloitte Consulting’s Analytics and Cognitive practice. He specialiszes in advising clients to achieve competitive advantage through data and analytics powered transformations that enable our clients to make strategic choices. He has served a range of clients and industries, including energy & resources, logistics, public sector and airline industry.

    He has over 13 years of experience in supporting organisations from concept and business case through to implementation in areas of data management, data modernisation, reporting and analytical solutions.  Lovesh holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics & Communication from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India and an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW Business School).
2.25PM - 3.10PM
Finance fundamentals
B2: ICT skills – are we meeting the needs of the profession
2.25PM - 3.10PM
Strategy and leadership
B3: The human side of Change Management

Long-term structural transformation has four characteristics:
- scale (the change affects all or most of the organisation)
- magnitude (it involves significant alterations of the status quo)
- duration (it lasts for months, if not years) and;
- strategic importance.

Yet companies will reap the rewards only when change occurs at the level of the individual employee.

2.25PM - 3.10PM
Sector in focus
B4: Real Innovations in the not-for-profit sector

In today’s rapidly changing landscape, failing to innovate puts any organisation at risk of failure. We all know that most not-for-profit (NFP) organisations don’t have unlimited resources to fund big radical innovation initiatives. What is the right approach for organisations within the NFP sector to achieve real innovations to ensure they continue delivering their mission to their beneficiaries?

Join Melinda Nota, a CPA member and the CFO of VisAbility, as she elaborates on the key points below:
- Three key types of innovation
- Categories of innovation
- Degrees of innovation
- Drivers of innovation
- Where to start with innovation / The Innovation Process
- Culture as the most enabling factor in embracing innovation
- Management Innovation
- Business Model Innovation
- Design Thinking (speeding up innovation)

  • Melinda Nota
    CFO, VisAbility

    Melinda Nota is currently the CFO and Head of ICT of VisAbility Limited/Guide Dogs WA/Guide Dogs Tasmania. As the CFO, she brings financial rigor, discipline and financial transparency to VisAbility. Her operational insights, superior analytical skills, project management and merger and acquisition skills help steer VisAbility through a period of steady growth and long-term financial sustainability.

    As head of ICT, she is responsible for formulating VisAbility’s Digital Transformation Strategy. She has more than 26 years’ experience in senior management and finance executive roles within the commercial and not-for-profit environment across different industries including: financial audit, telecommunications, banking, retail, production, engineering systems, health advocacy and disability services. A passionate supporter of learning/mentoring and the academe, Melinda also has over 5 years’ experience as university lecturer. She recently undertook part- time tutorial classes at Murdoch University. She also volunteers as non-executive director to other not-for-profit organisations and is a member of a school board.

    Melinda is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), a professional member of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Melinda believes that in the not-for-profit space, having sustainable resources to fund your mission is much better than just having the good intention (mission). The aim should always be a long-term commitment to your beneficiaries and stakeholders and financial sustainability is the key. Melinda is by nature an introvert, but she believes that each of us have big idea, knowledge and expertise to share to the world.

3.10PM - 3.40PM
Aftenoon tea
Concurrent sessions
3.40PM - 4.25PM
Finance fundamentals
C1: Robotics in finance
3.40PM - 4.25PM
Strategy and leadership
C2: Increasing value through finance business partnering
3.40PM - 4.25PM
Trends and business impacts
C3: Cybersecurity – what to do in a breach
3.40PM - 4.25PM
Personal development
C4: Accountants – The Data Storytellers

When you combine numbers with stories, you’re taking the numb out of numbers. And when you take the numb out of numbers, what you’ve got left is ERS: effective, relatable stories.

Technology today is changing the work we do. AI, bots, machine learning and automation mean that the repetitive number-crunching pieces of our jobs are going away, and what’s left for us will be what the robots can’t do. That means we need better communication skills now. We need to be data storytellers.

4.35PM - 5.20PM
KN4: The new business imperative: Social Impact as Business Strategy

Technological disruption, increased competition and internationalisation represent major challenges to organisational survival. However, the greatest threats to firm performance may not be commercial issues but instead social issues.

Professor Williamson will talk about the link between social issues and organisational performance and how leaders can harness the opportunities created by major social challenges and help their organisations and communities thrive.

  • Prof Ian Williamson
    Pro Vice Chancellor & Dean of Commerce, Victoria Business School, Orauariki (NZ) Professor Williamson is a globally recognised expert in the area of human resource management. His research focuses on how human and social capital influences operational and financial outcomes, how talent management drives an organisation’s innovation and the impact social issues have on organisations. A passionate educator, Professor Williamson has been recognised for his innovative approaches to business education. He is a past recipient of teaching awards at the University of Maryland and the Melbourne Business School.

    Professor Williamson has provided consulting services in over 20 countries across six continents for organisations such as Accenture, ANZ, Kiwi Bank, Bunnings, BHP Billiton, Etihad Airlines and Petronas, to name but a few.

day two

Wednesday 9 October

8.30AM - 9.00AM
Registration and arrival
9.00AM - 9.45AM
KN5: Economic Update
9.45AM - 10.15AM
Morning tea
10.15AM - 11.15AM
KN6: Ignite your thinking!
Ignite 1 - ish: The problem with our pursuit for perfection
Excellence, quality and continuous improvement are important - but the pursuit of perfection …not so much.  Our drive to make things look or seem perfect is dangerously on the rise and has dire consequences for how we feel about ourselves, how we live and work and how we collaborate with others. But there is a way out of and beyond perfection. Join Lynne as she shares the latest thinking on being more ‘ish’.

Ignite 2

Ignite 3
You don’t need to be extraordinary; ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.

  • Lynne Cazaly
    International Keynote Speaker and Author Lynne Cazaly helps individuals, teams and organisations transition to new ways of working. She is an international keynote speaker, mentor and master facilitator and the author of six books including 'Agile-ish', 'Leader as Facilitator', and ‘Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough’. Her most recent book being ‘ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection’. Lynne works with executives, senior leaders and project teams on their change and transformation projects. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/lynne-cazaly.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=fd2fa85c6b394aa1992b2a07b4064f9d
  • Steve Plain
    ICMI Speaker, Project 7 in 4

    In 2018 Steve Plain was awarded Australian Adventurer of the Year by Australian Geographic for his record-breaking Seven Summits expedition. In 117 days, Steve reached the summit of the highest mountain on every continent, achieving his own personal goal and breaking the previous world speed record in the process. Steve’s story is inspiring considering the obstacles he overcame before he even started. His story demonstrates how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results through resilience, determination and hard work.

    In 2014 an accident at Cottesloe Beach left Steve with a broken neck and damaged spinal cord. With a long recovery ahead of him and no mountaineering experience to speak of, he set himself the ambitious challenge to climb the Seven Summits in under four months. Following an intense training regime and a number of practice expeditions to the New Zealand Southern Alps, the Peruvian Andes and the Himalayas, Steve successfully completed "Project 7in4" in May 2018. Through Project 7in4 Steve was keen to give back to those who had helped him by raising awareness and funds for Surf Life Saving WA and SpinalCure Australia. With the generous support of the community around him he raised over $45,000 for these organisations and is continuing work in this area as Ambassador for Surf Life Saving WA.

Concurrent sessions
11.25AM - 12.10PM
Finance fundamentals
D1: Essential Tax Update

Supported by comprehensive training materials, this Essential Tax Update session will ensure you are informed of ATO announcements and rulings; court and AAT decisions; proposed changes to the tax law; and emerging tax issues.

  • Michael Messner
    BSc (Banking & Finance) Hons, MSc (Economics), MBus (Professional Accounting), CPA, CPA Canada, Registered Tax Agent Senior Tax Trainer, TaxBanter Michael has a passion for tax law and sharing his knowledge about it. Prior to becoming a tax trainer at TaxBanter, he worked in Tier 1 investment banks in Europe, Asia and Australia. After six years of working in derivative structuring at assistant vice president level, he worked in public practice for several years with a focus on tax advisory, structuring and training staff members, ultimately becoming principal in a CPA firm. Over the years, he has developed significant experience in the taxation of trusts, non-residents and small business.

    As Michael is very advisory-focused on his career, he finds it easy to engage with training groups. He endeavours to convey not only the subject matter on hand, but also the reason and application to provide a full picture. His passionate approach allows him to engage all audiences and maximise the value derived by his audience.
11.25AM - 12.10PM
Strategy and leadership
D2: CFO to Chief Value Creation Officer
11.25AM - 12.10PM
Sector in focus
D3: Machinery of Government changes – what have we learnt?
11.25AM - 12.10PM
Operational transformation
D4: Agile Culture: New ways of working

Agile is a vast global movement and it’s transforming the world of work. Agile is spreading rapidly and while it was born in software development, plenty of other industries, sectors and leaders are leveraging the benefits of adopting an agile culture and agile ways of working.

These includes greater productivity, profitability, increased customer value and greater employee engagement. So what is it… and how do you get on board?

Join this session to learn how having an agile mindset can make incredible differences to how your work, what the business does and how it delivers value to customers.

  • Lynne Cazaly
    International Keynote Speaker and Author Lynne Cazaly helps individuals, teams and organisations transition to new ways of working. She is an international keynote speaker, mentor and master facilitator and the author of six books including 'Agile-ish', 'Leader as Facilitator', and ‘Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough’. Her most recent book being ‘ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection’. Lynne works with executives, senior leaders and project teams on their change and transformation projects. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/lynne-cazaly.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=fd2fa85c6b394aa1992b2a07b4064f9d
12.10PM - 1.50PM
Business lunch
Concurrent sessions
1.50PM - 2.35PM
Finance fundamentals
E1: Accounting Standards Update
1.50PM - 2.35PM
Strategy and leadership
E2: Managing generational diversity
An age gap of nearly 50 years between the oldest baby boomers and youngest in Gen Z can lead to a stark difference in needs and attitudes amongst the workforce. In this engaging session, Nigel Sutton will explore a different mindset that leaders must consider to strategise and balance generational bias. The stories we tell and hear every day in the workplace contribute to real and perceived generational bias, discover the story you are telling and how it impacts your leadership.
  • Nigel Sutton
    Director, NDS Productions Nigel is an accomplished speaker, trainer and creative consultant. He has worked with a diverse range of industries as a trainer and consultant developing team cultures and translating strategy into operational outcomes. He has international experience in successfully training, developing, and leading multi-generational teams through periods of change and cultural transformation. From sharing the screen with Billy Connolly, working with zookeepers and silverback gorillas, to developing education programs for a slavery museum in Qatar, Nigel’s unique perspectives will bring refreshing insights to managing generational diversity at the workplace. /-/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/nigel-sutton.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=31444249d4de426c83e8b1316e284b55
1.50PM - 2.35PM
Personal development
E3: The high cost of ignoring mental health in the workplace

Apart from moral and ethical reasons to ensure mental health of employees, the financial argument is compelling.

With claims of mental health absenteeism on a rise in rapidly changing work environments, increased pressure to meet deadlines and budgets, longer hours and conflict in relationships - leaders can help staff become more resilient by empathising with their experience and reconnecting them to the two key drivers of change: purpose and progress.

1.50PM - 2.35PM
Trends and business impacts
E4: Risky business - The importance of risk management in finance

  • Paul Chivers
    Director, Riskfacilitator

    Paul Chivers is the founding director of Riskfacilitator and has over 22 years’ experience in developing, implementing and introducing risk management frameworks, programs and systems worldwide. Paul’s heuristic approach is focused on risk intent, process and practice.

    His simple but effective techniques focus around the concept that people change because they are shown a truth that influences their feelings, not because they were given endless amounts of logical data.  He has worked in a range of industries internationally, which include project and event management, TV and film, inquests, aviation, education, sport & recreation, healthcare and defence.

    Paul has authored risk management graduate courses, research papers and reports, and lectures for a number of industry and tertiary bodies.  Paul’s unique knowledge and experience of risk management has allowed him to become a sought-after facilitator and presenter, with unique and fascinating experiences, including TV producing for multiple versions of the Emmy Award winning “The Amazing Race”, as well as risk & safety oversight for one of the most demanding TV shows in the world, “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here”. 

    Paul currently has the privilege of travelling the world, helping people manage risk with a level due diligence that is practical yet defensible. Paul is considered a subject matter expert in his field; with an energising approach to the way we take risk. 

Concurrent sessions
2.45PM - 3.30PM
Operational transformation
F2: Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
2.45PM - 3.30PM
Strategy and leadership
F3: Creating an environment of positive learning in the finance function
2.45PM - 3.30PM
Trends and business impacts
F4: Megatrends of the future

You have probably all heard of the rise of artificial intelligence, robots, and self-driving cars, and have a view on how these will impact society over time. In this session, we will explore other global technology mega trends and the impact they are having currently in the world, and how this is changing people, companies and governments perception of what is possible.

With technology moving at an ever increasing pace, we will unpack how traditional businesses may be impacted, and what you can do to prepare to transition to a future, which will ultimately impact every government, business and person on the planet.

  • Andy Lamb
    Director, Innovation Studios A born innovator and entrepreneur, Andy is unable to sit still in a world of constant change. He works with businesses of all sizes to challenge the status quo and to help drive a cultural change towards building products and services that people actually require. He works with some of Australia’s smartest researchers to help support the commercialisation journey of deep tech and science- based projects, as well as high growth potential digital startups and spinouts from large ASX listed companies.

    A blend of global corporate clients and his own startup and scale-up businesses has led to developing a number of models which supports his "Disruption by Doing" mantra.

    Andy holds a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is an Honorary Fellow of Innovation from the University of Western Australia.
3.30PM - 4.00PM
Aftenoon tea
4.00PM - 5.00PM
KN7: Building your circle of influence

Many of us appreciate the benefits of broadening our professional network, yet most of us would likely admit at times it’s just a dutiful necessity and at worse can be just plain awkward. In this fun and engaging session designed to get you to really engage and connect in with people, Jen takes you through the fine artistry of good networking.

Learn how you can:
- expertly move in and out of groups and better remember people’s names
- read and deliver handshakes
- be more at ease when networking across hierarchical divisions
- be more strategic with networking and enhance your personal brand.

You can then take these skills to the networking drinks where you will have the opportunity to put all this into practice and connect beyond just ‘work stuff’.

  • Jen Harwood
    Director, The Jenerator A recognised speaker who can move and inspire an audience to think differently and create a positive change. For almost 20 years Jen has worked with over a thousand business owners and executives throughout Australia, as well as New Zealand, South Africa, China, USA, Thailand and Indonesia.

    A certified business coach and an award-winning business planning consultant, Jen is also an author of three business networking books. In 2015 Jen was named Business Person of the Year for the North Shore of Sydney and in 2014 her company, The Jenerator, was named most outstanding Professional Services business.
5.00PM - 6.00PM
Connections - Networking Drinks


  • Economy, regulation and business

  • Finance fundamentals

    Enhance your core accounting and finance skills in the areas of tax, audit and assurance, compliance, financial planning, analysis and reporting.

  • Operational transformation

    Find out how to transform your business using improved processes and management skills, the latest technologies and shared services.

  • Personal development

    Refine your skills and become a highly productive, effective and well-rounded individual.

  • Sector in focus

    Hear the latest trends and opportunities specific to your sector, including corporate, SME, not for profit and public sector.

  • Strategy and leadership

    Become an outstanding finance leader by enhancing the power of innovation, successfully managing change and driving a high-performance culture.

  • Trends and business impacts

    Understand shifts in the domestic and global economy, the regulatory environment, the latest fraudulent activities, and consumer and competitive markets to build risk mitigation strategies.



Tuesday 8 – Wednesday 9 October

Great Eastern Highway, Burswood WA 6100


Monday 7 October

1/140 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000