CPA Australia's various Councils and committees offer members an opportunity to:
- support the organisation and represent members from their location or industry sector
- assist the board and management by providing feedback and guidance on issues impacting members and the profession
- increase their professional knowledge and networks.
The Appointments Council is responsible for appointing the CPA Australia Board of Directors and is comprised of a representative from each of the Divisional Councils.
Council of Presidents
The Council of Presidents (comprising the Presidents of each of the Divisional Councils) advises the Board on strategic issues and opportunities, drawing on the views of the members. The responsibility of the Council of Presidents includes two-way engagement with Divisional Councils and the Board.
Members are elected to Divisional Councils by members of the division. Divisional Councils key role is member engagement and local support for CPA Australia and in helping to maintain the integrity of the designation. Divisional Councils are an important conduit between the members and CPA Australia’s Board and the organisation more broadly.
Committees of Directors
The CPA Australia Board of Directors governs five board committees that assist the board in its decision-making and policy processes. The five committees are:
- Audit, Risk and Compliance
- Finance and Investment
- Member Engagement and Culture
- Education, Policy and Innovation
All committee members are Directors and are appointed by the Board.
CPA Australia has two Advisory Committees which advise management in the areas of professional education and public practice.
The Best Practice Advisory Committee provides strategic oversight of the Best Practice Program for Public Practitioners.
CPA Australia's Disciplinary Panel can impose penalties on members who do not comply with the organisation's constitution and by-laws, APES 110 Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants or relevant professional standards.
Penalties that can be imposed include:
- forfeiture of membership
- a fine
- reprimanding the member, including by publishing their name
- cancellation or suspension of any certificate, privilege, right or benefit available to the member
- requiring the member to undertake additional hours of continuing professional development.
This panel is comprised of both senior members and non-members. It does not have a charter.
Divisional Committees are established by Divisional Councils to enhance member engagement. The committees and regional branch represent the interests of members within a particular sector or group and organise or facilitate member engagement and professional development activities in addition to providing advice to the Council.
Professional Conduct Oversight Panel
CPA Australia's Professional Conduct Oversight Panel (PCOP) supports the Board with matters relating to professional conduct and discipline of members, with regard for the law, the highest standards of governance and member diversity. The PCOP plays an advisory role and is authorised to exercise the powers expressly delegated to it by the Board. Expressions of interest for appointment to the PCOP are now open.
Representative Committees – other locations
CPA Australia has established representative offices in various locations around the world which are not divisions as defined in Article 52 of the Constitution. Representative offices are established to assist CPA Australia members residing in these locations with their continuing professional development and other benefits of membership. These offices may or may not be staffed by CPA Australia and are permitted to form Committees of local members.