December 2020

Read the December 2020 issue of INTHEBLACK magazine.

Hacia Atherton, who is a CPA Australia committee member for the Emerging Leaders Network, credits the CPA program with giving her the strategies to aid her recovery. Photo: Jarrod Barnes.

How Hacia Atherton CPA conquered the C-suite


Cybersecurity has evolved from being an IT issue to a material business risk that is of critical importance to accountants and finance professionals.

Cybersecurity evolves in response to digital transformation


Many experts are predicting a surge in M&A transactions over the medium term, as opportunities arise out of the current crisis for companies to acquire distressed businesses and assets at heavily discounted prices.

The new-normal of mergers and acquisitions


The kind of perks employees will value often comes down to personality and style of working.

Top tips on perks for remote employees


Some economists insist that reforming the tax system is the only way to pull the nation back from the brink of economic disaster.

Is it time for tax reform?


Jim Stanford, director of the Centre for Future Work, based at the Australia Institute.

Jim Stanford: Why economics should be informed by social responsibility


The Monitoring Group says it wants all levels of the governance and oversight framework to be subject to transparent accountability processes, including regular effectiveness reviews and enhanced reporting in the public domain.

Assessing the reset on international standard-setting


The largely deserted forecourt of the Louvre in Paris, in October 2020. The Louvre is one of the most visited museums in the world, but visitor numbers have dwindled to less than a third compared to the same time last year.

Tourism sector: Dealing with a vanishing market


Fadi Mawal CPA, sales director at Ford Motor Company Australia.

Fadi Mawal CPA: From CFO to sales director


Far more important than the measure of diversity, though, is the purpose or the cause of that diversity.

Diversity on boards: Strong processes, good governance


Plant-based products can also complement animal products as Australia seeks to ramp up its meat exports.

A matter of taste: Meat alternatives market set for growth


The sooner an insolvency practitioner is made aware of a client’s financial difficulties, the more options become available to the accountant and client.

Insolvency: How to recognise the signs


Pursuing interests outside of work can help accountants and finance professionals develop skills and knowledge that can advance or diversify their lives and careers.

How extra-curricular activities boost your career


In a period of uncertainty, timing is critical. The middle of a lockdown, for example, might not be the best time to assess performance.

Performance reviews: The art of feedback


Choosing who will be the first to return to the office should be carefully considered, as these individuals will have a large role to play in establishing a new culture.

How to reset your workplace culture


Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold2 5G folds out to become a tablet.

Tech treats: Smartphones, speakers and tablets


How to use slicers on formatted tables in Excel


Himansu Kaushik CPA (second from left) with fellow Rotarians at the president changeover event in 2016.

Himanshu Kaushik CPA: How giving back grows leadership skills