From championing female representation in accounting to taking on Wall Street titans, Australian accountants have quietly played profound roles in fighting for what is right. INTHEBLACK celebrates seven extraordinary accountants who have gone beyond the balance books.
Giving charity schemes a second look: A review of the ACNC, Australia’s charities and not-for-profits regulator, calls for a national scheme for the charity sector.
Australia's bankruptcy exclusion period is being reduced from three years to one year. Will this really reduce barriers and improve economic growth?
Accounting software companies are developing products at a breakneck pace for small business and accountants. Here are the pros and cons of Xero, MYOB, Sage and more.
Podcasts can reach virtually anyone, anywhere, anytime, but for an accounting firm, launching a podcast is not a decision to be made lightly. Here's what to think about before you decide.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in accounting will rapidly move from a tool for compliance and towards the delivery of advice, but will never replace a human accountant, the World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) heard.
Evolving technology, finding and retaining the right talent, and providing better advisory services to clients present the greatest challenges – and opportunities – for small- and medium-sized practitioners (SMPs), heard attendees at the World Congress of Accountants (WCOA).
The role of the accountant is changing, with technical skills needing to be supplemented by strong interpersonal relationships and the ability to influence clients. These soft skills are crucial in protecting the future value and authority of industries like accounting, where much of the work can be delivered by an algorithm, attendees at the World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) heard on the second day of the event.
Closer collaboration between tax authorities around the world is closing the net on tax evaders and the intermediaries who enable their activities, the World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) heard on 6 November.
Teaching staff about empathy and how to communicate with clients: a panel discussion at the World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) argued that these “soft skills” are just as important to the modern accounting firm as technical skills.
Depending on who you believe, accounting is either doomed to obsolescence in a few short years or in the midst of an evolution that will see accountants hold the most trusted role in a business.
Too expensive, when will you find time to do it and how do our clients benefit anyway? These are typical rejections to requests from finance teams wanting to upgrade their technology, delegates to the World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) heard on November 5.
Digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain would “cut out the middleman” in financial services, leaving the accountants of the future to focus less on compliance and more on strengthening relationships and delivering insights to clients, the World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) heard today.
Social license to operate: a fair and measured approach to good corporate governance or a socialist Trojan horse? CPA Australia investigates why proposed changes to governance for Australian listed companies have stirred controversy.
Analyst, communicator and business partner. Meet the new management accountant.
Fifty years ago, when their now-famous research paper was finally published, young Australian academics Ray Ball and Philip Brown forever changed global accounting, as well as their own lives.
There is an overwhelming selection when it comes to choosing an accounting program. This ebook is the definitive resource for accountants and small business owners who want to understand the options in online accounting software, the idiosyncrasies and the ambitions of the companies behind them.
A lively panel discussion at CPA Congress Melbourne on the future of financial reporting explored how a rapidly-changing business environment heavily influenced by technology –from cloud computing to cryptocurrencies – is driving the need to keep accounting standards relevant.
Auditors of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) have been in the regulatory spotlight since 2013, when registration became a requirement under the government’s Stronger Super reforms.
Time is money, as the saying goes – and if you’re using a manual expense management system, you’re probably losing both.