Accounting conference tackles that taxing issue of carbon

One of the largest public practice and corporate accounting conferences in Queensland is being held on the Gold Coast this week, holding to account the biggest current issue in business - carbon tax.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale is certain to give his frank assessments of key issues.


The WPIAS Congress is being held over Thursday and Friday, 14-15 July at the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove and attendees will hear from keynote speakers City of Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, CEO of the Jetstar Titans Michael Searle, CEO of the Gold Coast Suns Travis Auld, mayoral candidate David Power and Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston.

Industry experts include Karl Morris, executive chairman of financial advisory firm Ord Minnett, Carbon Credit Corporation (C3) managing director Malcolm Borgeaud, technical directors of SMSF industry bodies SPAA and SISFA, Peter Burgess and Rob Jeremiah respectively, and former ASIC Commissioner Barrie Adams.

Now in its second year, the WPIAS Congress is one of a limited number of  regional conference opportunities held outside of the industry bodies CPA and CA, in which accountants can hear about the broader issues affecting their industry.

The event is held in conjunction with My Training Partner, a part of the Williams Partners Independent Audit Specialists (WPIAS) group, a local independent accounting group specialising in the provision of audit and assurance services.

The WPIAS Congress will include a range of well-known keynote and expert industry speakers who will address questions surrounding the impending carbon tax legislation and Australia's $400billion self-managed superannuation funds industry.

Congress convenor, Michael Plehan from the WPIAS group, said the event attracts industry professionals from all over the country and provides an opportunity to update  knowledge and skills in a relaxed and effective learning environment.

"Two of the biggest issues facing the accountancy industry are the impacts upon business from the proposed introduction of a new carbon tax, and the ability of Australians to  provide for their own retirement," Mr Plehan said.

"These issues both have huge flow on effects, not only within our industry, but to the wider economy and ultimately to the hip  pockets of all Australians - hence their importance.

"As such we've assembled a ‘who's who' of experts in these fields and others to inform and educate our delegates."

WPIAS managing partner Reg Williams said the two-day congress has become recognised as a regional calendar event for the industry with plans to grow it to a premier national conference in the coming years.

"The congress has grown enormously since its inception with extremely positive feedback from all those who have attended," Mr Williams said.

"Our goal is to provide finance professionals with quality, value for money knowledge management opportunities on a range of issues that not only affect accountants and their industry, but topics that will invariably affect their clients as well."



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