Lachlan Colquhoun

Lachlan Colquhoun

Lachlan Colquhoun has worked for some of the world's best known mastheads in a four decade career as a journalist. Beginning as a cadet on the Adelaide Advertiser, he has written for the Financial Times, the South China Morning Post, the London Evening Standard and the Scotsman (and many others) in addition to several years in radio at ABC Radio National and Triple J. He is obsessed by medieval and 20th century history, playing the bass guitar and riding classic motorcycles.

The Black Economy Taskforce estimated the black economy could be worth as much as 3 per cent of national GDP, or about A$50 billion a year.

Public swamps ATO tip-off line on black economy behaviour


While insolvency might be the ultimate solution for a failing company, expert advice can help a business recover from insolvency, keep trading and save jobs.

The dangers of trading while insolvent


RPA will minimise the drudgery of many manual tasks that are done today and improve the quality of work, while also finding efficiencies and value for the business.

What RPA really means for management accounting


At 9 per cent of GDP, franchising as a business model is perhaps too big to fail, but it stands on the cusp of significant reform.

Will a stronger franchising code of conduct clean up the sector?


Liam Bastick sees people wasting their lives manipulating data. If you go on a three-day course, at the end of two months you will have made up that time, and you will never look back.

Saving time with Excel Power Query


Recent controversy over pursuit of whistleblowers in the public sector, has put the spotlight back on public sector reform.

Australia has new whistleblowing laws. Now for the governance.


How to forecast in Excel with the push of a button


Accounting for the robots


Carbon Group founders Jamie Davison CPA and Nathan Hood CPA.

Carbon Group: good chemistry, unique elements combine for impressive growth


The election result has also given a strong indication that people want more positive action on climate change. AAP Image.

Federal election result positive for financial certainty


Accountants do not currently provide designated services specified under the AML/CTF Act and their responsibilities in this area are essentially ethical, and not regulatory.

Accountants must prepare early for AML compliance


Easing the regulatory burden on practitioners and improving Australia’s investment and savings regimes are the two main themes of CPA Australia’s submission to the Australian Government ahead of the Federal Budget to be delivered on April 2.

Encouraging investment, cutting red tape: CPA Australia's pre-budget submission


How technology and data are transforming accounting and audit


With AI increasingly ubiquitous and part of modern existence, concern about its biases has inspired a push towards a governance framework that is ethical, unbiased and transparent. Illustrations: Adam Nickel

The good, bad and ugly of AI ethics


The ATO identified incorrectly-claimed work-related expenses as the chief cause of the tax gap found in a July 2018 report.

ATO reports tax agents over work-related expenses


According to LinkedIn research technology skills now have a life cycle of only two to three years and accountants should focus more on the soft skills of collaboration, teamwork and communications as they build their careers.

Successful accounting careers need lifelong learning: LinkedIn


There are many repetitive tasks that AI could perform, and which accountants would not regret losing because it would make their jobs more creative and interesting.

AI in accounting: moving beyond compliance


A more diverse workforce can create challenges and complications for managers but “makes for greater rewards" Prof Ian Williamson tells the World Congress of Accountants (WCOA).

Diversity and profit: there is a link


To remain relevant, accountants will need to focus on becoming 'strategists with a future perspective'

Soft skills or technical skills? How accountants stay relevant in a changing world.


Accountants should remember that they will remain the “anxiety transfer experts” for clients, allaying fears and concerns and delivering insights into their business.

Accountants and AI: adapting to the digital future