IPA offers support to bushfire victims
The Institute of Public Accountants has reached out to its members affected by the ongoing bushfire crisis to offer support as required.
The IPA is calling on its members affected by the crisis to get in touch, as the body pledges to provide support to the victims.
“At the IPA, we are very mindful that many of our members and their families are being or have been affected by the current bushfire crisis which is sweeping across many areas of our country. The authorities have warned that the fire situation may worsen with the predicted weather conditions,” said the general manager for media and strategic communications, Wayne Debernardi.
“For any member affected, we want to hear from you and ask what support we may be able to provide.”
The IPA is also advising its members that have not been affected to check-in with their clients and communities and see what assistance they can provide, particularly in areas that may not have a trusted adviser.
In 2009, the IPA issued a similar call to members during the Victorian Black Saturday fires and Queensland floods. As a result, many members volunteered to assist, particularly in the area of disaster recovery and business continuation planning.
Given the severity of the current crisis, the IPA is also re-establishing its pro-bono register, which will remain open until it is no longer required.
Members may register their interest in offering pro-bono services to small businesses and individuals affected by the fires via email to [email protected].
“These services may be coordinated by state-based emergency response and government agencies including the ATO, which has occurred during past natural disasters,” Mr Debernardi explained.
“For this reason, your permission is needed to enable us to pass on your name and contact details. Please also provide your areas of work interest.
“In the meantime, please take care during these most difficult times.”