March 2019

Read the March 2019 issue of INTHEBLACK magazine.

Ruth Medd FCPA (right) and Claire Braund, co-founders of Women on Boards. Photographer: Nic Walker

Women on boards: are we making any progress?


'Ho Chi Minh City skyline viewed from across the Saigon River.

Vietnam: Asia's quiet economic achiever


Foreign bribery is inherently difficult to detect and enforce. The OECD says it takes on average 7.3 years to bring a foreign bribery matter to conclusion.

Anti-corruption update: what it means for accounting


The fiercely determined and furiously busy Dr Angie Lang: creator of Swirlit, dental surgeon, self-described inventor and one of Richard Branson's Change Makers Rule Breakers.

A soft drink that's good for your teeth? Enter Swirlit.


Study findings indicate that even in ideal circumstances disclosure does not ensure consumers make better decisions.

Insurance policies and other financial documents: Why consumers don't read the fine print


Yvonne Chan FCPA is CFO of one of the busiest ports in the world. Photographer: Rebecca Toh

As CFO of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Yvonne Chan FCPA is not afraid to say no


To make unlimited annual leave work, trust and transparency are essential.

Should you offer unlimited annual leave?


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


'David Mazzone FCPA brings problem-solving skills and a keen sense of justice to his role as COO of the Legal Services Commission of South Australia. Photographer: Lightly Salted.

AI dispute resolution: is a robot coming for your divorce?


Many small business owners and their accountants don't yet have a clear understanding of fintech. Illustrations: Michael Killalea

How should accountants talk to clients about fintechs?


'Hong Kong's fintech initiatives have overtaken Singapore but are still no match for mainland China.

Government support spurs fintech optimism in Hong Kong


Bernie Madoff arrives at Federal Court in New York to face charges of fraud in 2009. His long-running commercial fraud spectacularly unravelled in 2008.

The upside of commercial fraud


In Australia, tiredness kills at least one person a day due to an industrial or motor vehicle accident.

7 ways you can create a positive sleep culture


'Imagine what you could achieve if you had someone you could trust to take care of all your office essentials.

6 ways your partnership with Officeworks is better for business


Martin Bowles FCPA started his 40-year career in public service at Queensland Rail.

Martin Bowles FCPA: a career in public service


'A fixed mindset might be holding back your career.

5 ways to develop a practice growth mindset


Mel Yates FCPA, director – reporting, red tape reduction and ACNC corporate services, says working for charities presents unique challenges.

Is working for a charity right for you? Three CPAs share their insights.


'Customer service is all about mindset, and leaders have to empower staff to be aware of that.

Getting customer service right in the retail sector


Power BI offers a wide range of visualisations with various options in how you display data.

Data visualisation - how a BI app helps you paint a picture worth a thousand numbers


Improve your Excel moves by converting a budget into a forecast

Convert a budget into a forecast in Excel


Above left: Frank Barta with students in a music class. Above: Frank and Rosey Barta with Maya (centre), one of the students they support.

Putting accounting skills to work at Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission