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Phone The Ethics Centre’s Australia-wide service, Ethi-call, is free and confidential. Ethi-call does not provide legal advice.
Audio Discussions about ethical behaviour and the professional identity of accountants, and common ethical challenges and obligations in the workplace.

Announcement Covers ethical and legal issues, whistleblowing in the APES, and legal requirements as they relate to whistleblowing for members in business and in public practice.

APESB updates

New and revised standards issued by the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board (APESB). 

View the current Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards.

Restructured Code of Ethics

Effective 1 January 2020, however early adoption is permitted.

• Code of Ethics (PDF)
• Basis for conclusions (PDF)
• Mapping table (PDF)

As a member, you have complimentary access to a video update on the restructured code from the Financial Management Network. Discover:

  • what is meant by professional scepticism
  • how IESBA sets ethics standards for the accounting profession
  • the five fundamental principles of the Code of Ethics
  • how to distinguish between the purposes of confidentiality statutes and the rules on non-compliance with laws and regulations (NOCLAR).

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Auditor Rotation requirements

Effective 1 January 2019.

• APESB technical update (PDF)
Amending standard (PDF)
Technical staff Q&A (PDF) 

Professional Standard for accountants handling Client Monies

Effective for engagements commencing on or after 1 October 2018.

Revised standard (PDF)
Basis for conclusions (PDF)
Information for professional accountants and trust accounts (PDF)
Example: Request to bank to open a trust account (PDF)


Effective 1 January 2018.

Responding to Non-compliance with Laws and Regulations (NOCLAR) 

ethics, audit and reporting


Get a snapshot of upcoming changes to reporting, auditing, and ethical standards and other developments within the accounting profession.



High level snapshots of financial reporting, auditing, and ethics requirements in eight jurisdictions where CPA Australia's members have a significant presence.