Highlights from the CPA Australia Podcast in 2018

Excel shortcuts for accountants

Excel is a valuable tool in the professional world and a must-have for accountants. Learning your way around Excel keyboard shortcuts is a great way to master the platform and a neat way to improve productivity. We chat to Excel Expert Neale Blackwood CPA, who has more than 20 years’ experience using and writing about Excel for accountants.

ATO Spotlight on work-related expenses

Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan has stated that the over-claiming of work-related expenses is estimated at $2.5 billion. In this podcast episode, Robert McDowall, partner at Arabon, Trisha Aventurado, Manager Public Practice Support Service at CPA Australia and Gavan Ord, Manager – Business and Investment Policy at CPA Australia, discuss what the ATO is doing about it, whether accountants should be auditing everything, and the ATO’s three golden rules for accountants and self-preparers when putting together work-related expenses.

Artificial Intelligence and the future of accounting

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform the way we work. In this podcast, we explore the implications of machine learning on the future of the accounting profession. This podcast explores why we should not fear AI, and instead embrace the fantastic future ahead should we choose to seize it.

What do the best finance teams do?

In this podcast episode, Race Strauss FCPA, Executive Manager Finance – Qantas Group, will show you why the best finance teams go beyond the numbers to build valuable insights for their organisation. You will find practical advice on why you need to understand the business beyond the functional work of your team, why building relationships and trust is crucial, and why you need to have the courage to back yourself to become a top performer.

Women in finance: From accountant to CEO

As the CEO for technology solutions company Hotline IT, Michelle Joosse CPA is thriving in a technical, male-dominated industry. In this podcast episode, Michelle tells her story on how a career in finance prepared her to become a CEO, the mistakes made and lessons learnt, and her top tips for anyone stepping up from a finance role to become a CEO. Michelle is in conversation with Coralia Mielczarek ASA, Management Accountant at STREAT Ltd.

Workplace flexibility: Do you dare to work from home?

How do you ask your manager if you can work from home? Do you trust your employees or team to be working when they’re not in the office? In this podcast episode, junior staff right through to business owners can learn how working remotely will help retain talent and increase the productivity of a team or organisation. You’ll also find tips on how to speak to your manager about working flexibly, and some of the barriers to implementing flexible work practices. Join Phu Nguyen, Chief Finance Officer, City of Melbourne, and Corey Hale, Director Corporate Services from Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group for their thoughts on this topic. Facilitated by Mel Yates, Director, Reporting and Red Tape Reduction, ACNC Corporate Services at Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

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