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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!