Audiocast

2019

OCTOBER

Audit in a new light 
The auditing profession is under pressure due to changing expectations, technological shifts and increasing competition; but could these pressures be the catalyst for audit's reinvention?

Teaching machines: the next extension of machine learning
The next extension of machine learning is on its way. Machine teaching promises to bring the power of AI to those unskilled in data science. What could possibly go wrong?

From mentee to mentor
What happens when a mentee-mentor relationship continues throughout two careers and results in the mentee becoming the employer and the mentor becoming the employee? Two CPAs share their experiences.

7 mistakes that lead to staff underpayments
Nearly every week, news breaks of yet another employer in Australia underpaying employees. The penalties are high and the public shaming bad for business. How can employers ensure they comply with the law?

Your career in finance: making the leap from CFO to COO
Are you ready to make the career leap from CFO to COO? What's involved in the step up? We talk to three CPA Australia members about how they did it.

SEPTEMBER

Hidden champions, tech underdogs, change makers: driving innovation in China
Crucial new research explains how Chinese start-ups innovate, compete and grow. Who are the entrepreneurs snapping at the heels of the global names?

Accounting’s brave new blockchain frontier
Can blockchain revolutionise accounting? Is the cost worth the as-yet-to-be-delivered benefits? Find out now.

The perfect elevator pitch: Could you sell your great idea in 60-90 seconds?
A great elevator pitch can create interest in a project but less is definitely more. Here's how to do it.

Gambling tax: should the ATO tax your winnings?
Winnings from gambling are tax free in most jurisdictions. Would there be any point to taxing winnings?

How green are green bonds?
The popularity of green bonds is surging, but they still struggle to show they are helping green assets get built.

AUGUST

How to make your firm more attractive to job seekers
How can a small or medium-sized business be seen as a good workplace and stand out to job seekers? First, create an environment where people want to work.

Retirement in Australia – how much super do you need?
What's a comfortable retirement income in Australia, and how much super do Australians need to achieve it? It depends on who you ask.

TCFD: Linking economic and environmental policy
What's really at stake from the Financial Stability Board's (FSB) Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)?

Outrageous tax claims – why are they so popular?
They're bad for the economy, for the accounting industry and for our clients, so why are outrageous tax claims still so widespread?

Extracting the truth about rare earths
Many high-tech applications, including those in defence, communications, automotive and computing, rely heavily on rare earth metals. They why is this vital industry shrouded in mystery?

JULY

Peppercorn leases: the lowdown on AASB 16 and AASB 1058
Having considered stakeholder feedback, the AASB decided to grant a temporary exemption for peppercorn lease accounting while it considers its next steps. A temporary exemption provides timely relief to the not-for-profit (NFP) sector when dealing with peppercorn leases.

Machine learning: Putting AI to work
When the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) first began looking into developing machine learning algorithms that would look after a time-consuming and laborious task, one of the greatest concerns was how it would make staff feel about job security.

True detective – your career in forensic accounting
Forensic accountants outline why they love their work and describe the financial detective skills they need.

JUNE

Inside the FIRE movement: fantasy vs fact in early retirement
Would you be willing to spend 10 to 15 years working two jobs, living in rented student-style digs and saving and investing every possible dollar, if it meant you could retire in your 30s? A growing number of millennials think FIRE is worth the sacrifice.

AfID: taking accounting skills and putting them to volunteer use
Accounting for International Development (AfID) is a UK-based social enterprise launched a decade ago by Neil Jennings. It enables accounting volunteers to take their skills abroad.

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