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Check-in Lunch & Trade Session

Please check in using the conference app (My Glue), and take time to meet our exhibiting sponsors over lunch

Conference Welcome
Donella RobertsAndrew Morrison
  • Donella Roberts (Conference Coordinator at A Country Practice Accountants Inc)

    Donella Roberts

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  • Andrew Morrison (Director of Paisley Robertson)

    Andrew Morrison

    Director of Paisley Robertson

    Andrew commenced his accounting career in 1998 with a local firm whilst completing his degree at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga). Over this time he has developed extensive experience in servicing client’s accounting and taxation affairs across a vast range of various industries including rural, professionals, trades and retail. He spent a number of years living and working for public practices in Melbourne developing his skills and knowledge. He is a member of CPA Australia, a registered tax agent and a JP. For a large amount of his career he has provided clients with SMSF administration and advice. He has obtained a Diploma of Financial Planning enabling him to provide superannuation and SMSF advice. Andrew is a limited authorised representative (number 1239966) of Merit Wealth Pty Ltd (AFSL 409361).

    Out of the office Andrew is an active member of South Wagga Apex Club and is the treasurer of Wagga Wagga’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch which helps raise fund for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. He is also the current Chair of CPA Wagga Wagga Branch.

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Helping your Business and Agribusiness clients grow
David ChargeGeorge Last

This session will focus on providing an insight into the changing Business and Agribusiness landscape, outlining what impact this will have on the professional service firms servicing the sector.
• The changing capital landscape
• Tackling business transition and succession
• Determining the most appropriate means to fund business expansion
• Exploring the opportunities for Accounting firms to “add value” to business and agribusiness clients

  • David Charge (Managing Partner – Central NSW at Sprout Agribusiness)

    David Charge

    Managing Partner – Central NSW at Sprout Agribusiness
  • George Last (Partner at Sprout Agribusiness)

    George Last

    Partner at Sprout Agribusiness
Economic UpdateWhat this means for Australian Agriculture
Tim Hunt
  • Tim Hunt (Manager - RaboResearch at Rabobank)

    Tim Hunt

    Manager - RaboResearch at Rabobank

    Tim Hunt is the General Manager of the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness division across Australia and New Zealand. In addition to managing the RaboResearch team, Tim advises corporate and rural clients across a multitude of sectors on a range of issues, including: the rise of substitute foods, why supply chains must change, and winning consumer trust. He is a regular facilitator at Rabobank’s Executive Development Program and hosts Rabobank’s Australia/New Zealand podcast channel.

    Prior to his current role, Tim Hunt was based in New York as the Global Sector Strategist and team leader of Rabobank’s dairy research team. Tim’s responsibilities included analyzing developments in the regional and global dairy markets, coordinating Rabobank’s medium-term dairy forecasts, advising Rabobank on its engagement with the dairy industry, advising clients on the implications of market developments for their businesses, and assisting with mergers & acquisitions advisory. Tim is a regular and highly sought after speaker at local and international conferences. In his time with the bank, Tim has regularly visited and engaged with clients in North America, Latin America, China, Southeast Asia, and western Europe.

    Tim is a professional economist with 25 years’ of experience working with leading financial institutions and strategic consultancies in Australia, England, and the United States. Tim holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Bachelor of Arts degree, and an Honors degree in Economics from the University of Melbourne.

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Professional Indemnity Insurance for Accountants in a Changing Market
Karen McDonald

We are entering into a ‘hard market’ for Professional Indemnity insurance for accounting professionals. This presentation will cover what to expect, who is more vulnerable, and what you can do in terms of risk management.

  • Karen McDonald (Associate Director – Professional Risk of Accountancy Insurance)

    Karen McDonald

    Associate Director – Professional Risk of Accountancy Insurance
Tax Audit Insurance Claim Trends Affecting Accountants
Rod Spicer

This talk focuses on the prevalence of audits and reviews by the ATO or other State Revenue Authorities. You will hear about the proportion of claims of Audit Shield clients in a number of the most prevalent claim areas, the proportion of claims in different categories, and who is being audited. This represents a group of over six hundred thousand Individuals, Businesses and Self Managed Superannuation Funds. Rod will also provide some predictions of ATO audit activity areas in 2021.

  • Rod Spicer (Associate Director - Claims and Underwriting of Accountancy Insurance)

    Rod Spicer

    Associate Director - Claims and Underwriting of Accountancy Insurance
Afternoon Tea & Trade Session
Technical UpdateThe latest in superannuation strategies
Peter Johnson
  • Peter Johnson (Founder of Advisers Digest)

    Peter Johnson

    Founder of Advisers Digest

    Industry leader is an apt title for Peter Johnson. A chartered accountant with significant tenure as both practitioner and practice owner; a highly respected instructor for CPA Australia; an SMSF specialist and sought-after SMSF keynote presenter…Peter is dually gifted as technician and network facilitator.

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What’s new in Global Agriculture
Tim Hunt
  • Tim Hunt (Manager - RaboResearch at Rabobank)

    Tim Hunt

    Manager - RaboResearch at Rabobank

    Tim Hunt is the General Manager of the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness division across Australia and New Zealand. In addition to managing the RaboResearch team, Tim advises corporate and rural clients across a multitude of sectors on a range of issues, including: the rise of substitute foods, why supply chains must change, and winning consumer trust. He is a regular facilitator at Rabobank’s Executive Development Program and hosts Rabobank’s Australia/New Zealand podcast channel.

    Prior to his current role, Tim Hunt was based in New York as the Global Sector Strategist and team leader of Rabobank’s dairy research team. Tim’s responsibilities included analyzing developments in the regional and global dairy markets, coordinating Rabobank’s medium-term dairy forecasts, advising Rabobank on its engagement with the dairy industry, advising clients on the implications of market developments for their businesses, and assisting with mergers & acquisitions advisory. Tim is a regular and highly sought after speaker at local and international conferences. In his time with the bank, Tim has regularly visited and engaged with clients in North America, Latin America, China, Southeast Asia, and western Europe.

    Tim is a professional economist with 25 years’ of experience working with leading financial institutions and strategic consultancies in Australia, England, and the United States. Tim holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Bachelor of Arts degree, and an Honors degree in Economics from the University of Melbourne.

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Think Tank: Corporate & Employer Branding in the Emerging 'New Normal'

In the emerging ‘new normal’ post Covid-19 pandemic corporate and employer branding is set to become one of the most critical investments for accounting firms to attract and retain clients and customers.
This member knowledge sharing session prompts the discussion of ideas to evolve corporate and employer branding and build brand strength in the ‘new normal.

Networking Drinks & Trade Session

Networking drinks sponsored by Chamberlain's SBR

Please take the time to engage and check-in with our trade exhibitors using the My Glue App

Welcome Dinner

Join fellow ACP members and our supporting sponsor representatives for a casual welcome dinner at The Union Bank (84 Byng St).

Arrival Tea/Coffee & Trade Session

Please take the time to engage and check-in with our exhibitors

Chair's Welcome Address
Andrew Morrison
  • Andrew Morrison (Director of Paisley Robertson)

    Andrew Morrison

    Director of Paisley Robertson

    Andrew commenced his accounting career in 1998 with a local firm whilst completing his degree at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga). Over this time he has developed extensive experience in servicing client’s accounting and taxation affairs across a vast range of various industries including rural, professionals, trades and retail. He spent a number of years living and working for public practices in Melbourne developing his skills and knowledge. He is a member of CPA Australia, a registered tax agent and a JP. For a large amount of his career he has provided clients with SMSF administration and advice. He has obtained a Diploma of Financial Planning enabling him to provide superannuation and SMSF advice. Andrew is a limited authorised representative (number 1239966) of Merit Wealth Pty Ltd (AFSL 409361).

    Out of the office Andrew is an active member of South Wagga Apex Club and is the treasurer of Wagga Wagga’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch which helps raise fund for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. He is also the current Chair of CPA Wagga Wagga Branch.

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Cyber Security Landscape in 2021
Aron Robertson

COVID-19 saw a massive swing towards flexible working arrangements during 2020 leading to large numbers of people working from home for the first time. Hot on the heels of this trend were the hackers and criminal organizations seeking to benefit from newly uncovered security holes and naive IT users who were not prepared.
This session will provide attendees with a broad overview of the current threats facing Australian businesses. It will also highlight some of the “must-have” defensive tactics to keep your data & business safe.

  • Aron Robertson (Director - Business Development of Strategic Group)

    Aron Robertson

    Director - Business Development of Strategic Group
Breakout Session 1: Choose a topic of interest
David ChargeMatt ConnorsLisa HennesseyPeter JohnsonGeorge LastTrent Taylor

Hot topic discussions with key sponsors - pick a topic of interest:
1. Teach It Forward - 'The 5 Things NOT to do when Systemising your business?' - with Trent & Lisa
2. Sprout Agribusiness - 'How accountants can assist in streamlining the finance approval process for their clients – a significant value add for your firm’s business clients' with David & George
3. Auditmatch - 'The new audit independence rules' - with Peter
4. Xero - 'Moving your practice to the cloud' - with Matt

  • David Charge (Managing Partner – Central NSW at Sprout Agribusiness)

    David Charge

    Managing Partner – Central NSW at Sprout Agribusiness
  • Matt Connors (Senior Account Manager at Xero)

    Matt Connors

    Senior Account Manager at Xero
  • Lisa Hennessey (Business Manager at Teach it Forward)

    Lisa Hennessey

    Business Manager at Teach it Forward
  • Peter Johnson (Founder of Advisers Digest)

    Peter Johnson

    Founder of Advisers Digest
  • George Last (Partner at Sprout Agribusiness)

    George Last

    Partner at Sprout Agribusiness
  • Trent Taylor (CEO & Founder of Teach it Forward)

    Trent Taylor

    CEO & Founder of Teach it Forward
Morning Tea & Trade Session

Please take the time to engage and check-in with our trade exhibitors

How is your firm comparing to Benchmark?
Mark Holton

Research released by benchmarking.com.au has uncovered the accounting industry is losing its growth momentum. Findings, which analyses a sample of 184 accounting firms across Australia, showed average net profit for SME accounting firms in Australia decreased by 41% from 2013-2018; revealing the industry is well into its mature lifecycle. This dynamic session will measure participating ACP firms against common accounting benchmarks and allow you to see how your firm compares, and where it can improve in the future.

  • Mark Holton (Director of Smithink and Smithink Advisory)

    Mark Holton

    Director of Smithink and Smithink Advisory
Breakout Session 2: Choose a topic of interest
Adam FairlessKaren McDonaldRod Spicer

Hot topic discussions with key sponsors - pick a topic of interest:
1. Strategic Group - 'Unified Communications: Driving Productivity and Collaboration' - Live Demo + Q&A with Adam
2. Accountancy Insurance - 'ATO Claim Trends & Risk Management for Accounting Professionals' - Q&A with Rod & Karen
3. Rabobank - ' The journey to become a Trusted Advisor' - with the Rabobank Staff

  • Adam Fairless (GM –Telecommunications at Strategic Group)

    Adam Fairless

    GM –Telecommunications at Strategic Group
  • Karen McDonald (Associate Director – Professional Risk of Accountancy Insurance)

    Karen McDonald

    Associate Director – Professional Risk of Accountancy Insurance
  • Rod Spicer (Associate Director - Claims and Underwriting of Accountancy Insurance)

    Rod Spicer

    Associate Director - Claims and Underwriting of Accountancy Insurance
Lunch & Trade Session

Please take the time to engage and check-in with our trade exhibitors

Having Difficult Conversations
Scott Henderson

Difficult conversations are unavoidable in management, teams and relationships. In fact, any time you’re dealing with other people, issues will inevitably come up. Unfortunately, many of us tend to procrastinate and avoid having these conversations. But unless you raise the issue, the other party may not know this is a problem (in psychology this is called implied approval). And unless you’re able to discuss and come to a resolution, you can’t move on and will carry residual negative feelings towards the other person. When I was a clinician, I discovered that couples don’t have a lot of arguments, they have the same arguments a lot of times (because they were never resolved).

So how do you prepare for these discussions? What should you say? What should you not say? This session will show you how to plan your approach, find the right mindset, listen, empathise and understand the other person, but most importantly how get your point across in a respectful way that motivates the other party towards a mutually beneficial outcome. This session will help you to address underperformance, deal with staff conflict and confidently navigate difficult situations.

  • Scott Henderson (Director & CEO of BSI Learning Institute)

    Scott Henderson

    Director & CEO of BSI Learning Institute
Afternoon Tea & Trade Session
How to have conversations with clients around Additional Services
Trent Taylor

Accounting firms are talking with clients more now than ever due to the Coronavirus implications. While having more conversations with clients is what you ultimately want, so you can build your relationship with the client, and potentially fill some of their needs with services you offer - yet how do you do that? How do you have these conversations which are outside of your comfort zone or different to tax structures, minimising tax legally and ensuring their technology is compliant and easier for them/you to use and access?
Trent will share some critical tips, processes and methods to help you approach these conversations from a place that not only builds YOUR confidence, yet also the confidence of your clients in you to help them navigate these tricky times.

  • Trent Taylor (CEO & Founder of Teach it Forward)

    Trent Taylor

    CEO & Founder of Teach it Forward
Practical Mindfulness for Accountants
Petris Lapis

Always wondered what mindfulness was, what it involved, how to do it, why mindfulness practitioners tend to live longer and how it could help you in a practical way on a daily basis?

This session provides a practical introduction to mindfulness and how you can use it in your life and career for greater focus, coping skills, personal growth and more happiness and peace even in the middle of difficult situations.

Attendees will also receive access to ‘The Mindful Accountant’ eBook.

  • Petris Lapis (Director of Petris Lapis Pty Ltd)

    Petris Lapis

    Director of Petris Lapis Pty Ltd
Closing Remarks
Official Conference Dinner @ the Greenhouse
Scott Reardon

Join your fellow members and our sponsor representatives at the official conference dinner and be inspired by our guest dinner speaker Scott Reardon. Please dress to impress.

  • Scott Reardon

    Scott Reardon

Arrival Tea/Coffee & Trade Session
Member's Meeting

Annual General Meeting of A Country Practice Accountants Group Inc.

Morning Tea & Trade Session

Please take this final opportunity to engage with our sponsor representatives

Key Note Speaker: Jon Dee'How accounting firms can be leaders in bringing about positive community change'

Be inspired by this year's closing key note speaker; NSW Australian of the Year 2010, Planet Ark co-founder, change agent, Jon Dee.

Jon will be sharing thought on how accounting firms can be leaders in bringing about positive community change.

  • Jon Dee (NSW Australian of the Year 2010, Planet Ark co-founder, change agent.)

    Jon Dee

    NSW Australian of the Year 2010, Planet Ark co-founder, change agent.
Prize Draw & Close

Members are entered into prize draw when they check in with sponsors during trade sessions using the My Glue app

Farewell Lunch & Wine Tasting

Let's wrap up ACP21 with a casual lunch on The Greenhouse lawn. See Saw Wines will be on hand to offer a complimentary wine tasting and their wines available to purchase by glass or bottle with lunch, or purchase for takeaway or delivery.