• MC Emma Alberici

    MC Emma Alberici

  • CEO Lee White and the Panel

    CEO Lee White and the Panel

  • Theresa M. Grafenstine

    Theresa M. Grafenstine

  • Cath Ingram

    Cath Ingram

  • Ian Mackintosh

    Ian Mackintosh

  • Emma Alberici and Ian McPhee

    Emma Alberici and Ian McPhee

  • Cath Ingram and Ian Mackintosh

    Cath Ingram and Ian Mackintosh

  • Rob Ward and Theresa M Grafenstine

    Rob Ward and Theresa M Grafenstine

  • Lee White and Emma Alberici

    Lee White and Emma Alberici

  • Maria Storti, Fran Raymond and Lynnere Gray

    Maria Storti, Fran Raymond and Lynnere Gray

  • Soodi Tabasi and Anne Chung

    Soodi Tabasi and Anne Chung

  • Ian McPhee, Kerry Jacobs and James Guthrie

    Ian McPhee, Kerry Jacobs and James Guthrie

  • Amy Fox, Carla Jago and Ian Goodwin

    Amy Fox, Carla Jago and Ian Goodwin

  • David Robjent and Stephen Doyle

    David Robjent and Stephen Doyle

  • Rona Mellor and Jocelyn Ashford

    Rona Mellor and Jocelyn Ashford

  • Bruce Glanville and Matthew Booth

    Bruce Glanville and Matthew Booth

  • Puspa Dash, John Jones, Kristian Gage, Jo Bushell and Gary Leckie

    Puspa Dash, John Jones, Kristian Gage, Jo Bushell and Gary Leckie

  • Grace Yan and Lee Jnani

    Grace Yan and Lee Jnani

  • Kevin Riley, Peter Gunning and Assunta Corbo

    Kevin Riley, Peter Gunning and Assunta Corbo

  • Dale Stoddart Amelia Pomery and Fiona Sheppard

    Dale Stoddart Amelia Pomery and Fiona Sheppard

  • Keshini Richards and Christina Pilkington

    Keshini Richards and Christina Pilkington

  • Jess Bain, Val Simonetti, Sam Montenegro, Kathryn Berkelmans and Liz Chen

    Jess Bain, Val Simonetti, Sam Montenegro, Kathryn Berkelmans and Liz Chen

  • Nicole Evans, Sophie Pereira, Damien Howse and Anthony Mora

    Nicole Evans, Sophie Pereira, Damien Howse and Anthony Mora

  • Steven Favell and Jerry Liao

    Steven Favell and Jerry Liao

  • Soodi Tabasi and Archana Moses

    Soodi Tabasi and Archana Moses

  • Kirsty White, Mayooran Sinnathurai and Chloe Woolf

    Kirsty White, Mayooran Sinnathurai and Chloe Woolf

  • Cath Ingranm and Ian Mackintosh

    Cath Ingranm and Ian Mackintosh

  • Lee White and Renee Le Grande

    Lee White and Renee Le Grande

Chartered Accountants Australia - Public Sector Symposium Dinner and Forum

12 August 2015

Chartered Accountants are the real number crunchers. The diligent and precise backbone of the world of commerce, business and government. Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is a formidable membership of 100,000 professionals with a reputation for their integrity and discipline, and pride themselves on continuing the education and information that members need in today’s rapidly changing business world.
The 2015 Public Sector Symposium is an annual event encouraging members who work with government to take advantage of a forum where the best in the business join them for a dinner and discussion, with a bit of practical networking thrown in.

And the topic was Revolutionising Reporting: Why Care?

And unless you’re in the business of number crunching it would probably make your eyes glaze over but sometimes when you least expect it you can learn a whole lot of interesting things.

The ever charming Emma Alberici was the host for this year’s forum discussion and she’d done her homework asking all the right question of the guest speakers which included Theresa M. Grafenstine, Inspector General of the US House of Representatives who has a formidable CV and is responsible for planning and leading audits and investigations of the financial and administrative functions of the house. What a delightful lady. Quietly spoken and so sensible.

Our own sensible speaker was Ian McPhee, recently retired Auditor-General for Australia who believes in ‘simple English’ in the business of auditing. Cath Ingram is the Chairman of Partners in KPMG in Canberra, with 30 years experience and a valuable understanding of the government’s accountability framework with Ian Mackintosh, the former chief accountant of ASIC and currently the vice-chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board.

So the scene was set for a fireside chat at the National Press Club with the quickly installed and very stylish pretend fire and lounge room that encouraged a feeling of warmth in the room and a comfortable gathering of bods who instinctively wanted to warm their rear ends in front of it.

For us, the general public, there are changes coming late next year in the way auditors communicate with investors and other users. There’s complex policy reform to deliver and unless it’s your area of expertise I reckon its best left to the experts to learn and implement. With CA – Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand – I’m happy they’re the ones who care!