CEO lauds fruitful 2015
Addressing the 2015 IPA National Congress, IPA CEO Andrew Conway discussed a number of significant highlights achieved by the Institute this year, including the acquisition of the UK-based Institute of Financial Accountants.
“The acquisition formed the IPA Group and we are now the largest SME-focused accountancy organisation in the world,” Mr Conway proudly stated.
He also used the speech to highlight the IPA’s advocacy carried out across the year,
including the Institute’s signature tax policy recommendation of reducing the tax rate for unincorporated small businesses, which was included in the May federal Budget.
In total, Mr Conway said that the IPA’s advocacy effort included more than 90 written submissions and representation on key policy forums.
However, while very proud of the advocacy work being done, of most importance this year, according to
Mr Conway, has been the Institute’s continued emphasis on enhancing member services – something that has been a key focus of the IPA since Mr Conway took charge in 2009.
“This includes the CPE online diary, online renewal process, licensing and referral options to meet FoFA requirements and including the introduction of a framework to assist with ‘transitioning your practice’ tools and resources,” Mr Conway said.
“The year has also provided members with many CPE opportunities with national and state-based congresses and symposiums. The effort that goes into having events such as this congress is to ensure we have provided you with the best continuous professional development available, so you are equipped with the latest information and tools that help you service your clients and support your businesses’ growth and prosperity.”
Mr Conway also acknowledged the IPA’s event partners, giving particular thanks to National Congress
principal partner Reckon for their continued support.