A Country Practice Accountants Group looks forward to welcoming members and supporting sponsors to our annual conference being held in Wollongong NSW 6 - 8 March 2024.

The exciting 2024 conference program has been carefully planned by the ACP Conference Committee with the aim to inspire members, to embrace new ideas and industries, grow their practice, build resilience and take advantage of the ever changing face of the accounting industry.

We look forward to seeing you in Wollongong!


Welcome Lunch & Trade Networking

Please take time to meet our exhibiting sponsors over lunch and learn how they can help you and your clients

Conference Welcome
Michael Daws
Gold Sponsor Presentation
Part 1The Real Super Sole Purpose Test and Part IVA and Super Death Tax; when clever and when tax promoter
Peter Bobbin
  • Peter Bobbin (Consultant Lawyer at Bobbin)

    Peter Bobbin

    Consultant Lawyer at Bobbin

    Peter Bobbin
    LLB, Bcom, MTax, CTA, TEP
    Peter Bobbin’s first professional experience was as an auditor in Australia and the UK after which he became a taxation accountant. That is when he learned of a love for taxation law and went on to become a part-time masters lecturer at the University of Western Sydney.
    A lawyer since 1988, Peter is a frequent commentator on the law and today is a Consultant Lawyer who still provides practical advice and strategies for clients.
    Peter is a Notary Public and was recognised by the Taxation Institute as the 2015 Tax Adviser of the Year (sme).

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Afternoon Tea & Trade Session
Silver Sponsor PresentationSproutAg
Troy Constance

The Agri Finance Market Place

  • Troy Constance (CEO of Sprout Agribusiness)

    Troy Constance

    CEO of Sprout Agribusiness
Accounting Trends. How do you compare?
Mark Holton

Measuring performance of both financial and non-financial key performance indicators is one of the critical components of managing a successful accounting firm. Comparing these performance measurements to your peers adds further analytical value. This session will examine how the industry is performing, the recent trends and benchmarks available and how to compare them to your firm.

  • Mark Holton (Director of Smithink)

    Mark Holton

    Director of Smithink
Networking Drinks & Trade Session

Happy Hour Drinks Sponsor: Chamberlain's SBR

Welcome Stand Up Dinner: Headlands Hotel Austinmer Beach

Join fellow ACP members and our supporting sponsor representatives for a casual welcome dinner

Dinner Sponsor: Chamberlains SBR

Breakfast & Trade Networking

Enjoy breakfast with your fellow members and exhibiting sponsors

Chair's Welcome Address
Michael Daws
Platinum Sponsor PresentationStrategic Group
Mark Boswell

Cyber Security and AI discussion

  • Mark Boswell (Co-CEO of Strategic Group)

    Mark Boswell

    Co-CEO of Strategic Group
Morning Tea & Trade Session

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

Supercharge your Strengths Masterclass
Anna Webb

This workshop will enable the delegates to strengthen their leadership as well as take away some practical skills to help them with any burn out and stress that they are experiencing.

  • Anna Webb (Coach at Mim Bartlett Consulting)

    Anna Webb

    Coach at Mim Bartlett Consulting
Sponsor Panel session FYI, ATOmate and Fuseworks

Bronze sponsors

Silver Sponsor presentation
Lunch & Trade Session
The Times They Are A-Changin
David Smith

Why history is repeating itself. Old solutions are no longer fit for purpose, new solutions emerging. Transformative developments such as robotic process automation and artificial intelligence will change the way we work. New ways to collaborate and changing work practices underpinned by technology are changing how firms are organised.
Are you equipped to capitalise on the new phase of technology transformation in your firm?

  • David Smith (Director)

    David Smith

Sponsor break out session

Strategic, Silver and Gold Sponsors

Afternoon tea/grab a drink for the panel session
Panel SessionFirm of the Future
Mark Holton

Facilitator: Mark Holton
Panelist: David Smith
Panelist: Amanda Kenafake
Panelists TBC x 4

  • Mark Holton (Director of Smithink)

    Mark Holton

    Director of Smithink
Networking Drinks

Sage Hotel

DinnerSteamers Bar and Grill
Breakfast & Trade Networking

Enjoy a light breakfast with fellow members and take the time to meet exhibiting sponsors

Member's Meeting
Michael Daws

Annual General Meeting of ACP

  • Michael Daws (Director of Stewart, Tracy & Mylon)

    Michael Daws

    Director of Stewart, Tracy & Mylon
Sponsor Breakout Session: SproutAg & Accountancy Insurance
Scott Henderson: Understand People and Working with Different Personalities
  • Scott Henderson (Director of BSI Learning)

    Scott Henderson

    Director of BSI Learning

    Scott Henderson (BSc, MA – Psychology, Adv Dip Leadership & Management)

    Scott is a registered psychologist with a solid background as an educator. He has worked as a lecturer in psychology, behavioural science and research at the Universities of Sydney and Western Sydney. Lecturing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, Scott specialised in the disciplines of health and social psychology. His expertise includes such areas as leadership, teams and group dynamics, communication and body language, persuasion techniques, stress, and workplace satisfaction.

    Since 1999, his work in the corporate sector has spanned the spectrum from industrial psychologist to corporate trainer. In 2004 he became a certified Master Coach in Behavioural Coaching and continues to coach both individuals and teams at all levels within the companies with which he works.

    His unique perspective of inter- and intra-personal understanding complements the delivery of his training programs and ensures a rigorous and scientific approach to each participant’s growth and development. He has delivered training throughout Australia and internationally including courses in Customer Service, Team Building, Communication, Leadership and Management, Performance Management, Coaching, Conflict Resolution, Sales and Business Development, Time Management, Building Resilience, Managing Change, Interpersonal Skills, Positive Psychology, Negotiation Skills and Professional Presentation Skills. Additionally, Scott continues to work hard to dispel the stereotype that psychologists actually get people to lie down on couches!

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Morning Tea and Sponsor Prize Draw
Key Note Speaker-Deng Adut
  • Deng Adut (Keynote Speaker)

    Deng Adut

    Keynote Speaker

    Recipient of the NSW Australian of The Year Award in 2017 and the prestigious Law Society President’s medal, Deng is one of Australia’s most renowned criminal lawyers for his work in the courtroom and as a leader within the community.
    Born in South Sudan in 1983, Deng’s family lived on a farm in northeast Africa. However, in the mid-1980s, war broke out in South Sudan, causing widespread famine and the bombing of villages. As a result, four of his brothers joined the rebel forces.
    At the mere age of six, Deng was conscripted into the Sudan People’s Liberation Army as a child soldier. During the Sudanese civil war, he was forced to undertake military training, including the use of hand grenades, firearms and land mines. It was during this time that Deng was seriously injured by a bullet during combat.
    Miraculously, one of his brothers found him and smuggled him out of the military camp and into a refugee camp in Kenya.
    Finally, at the age of fourteen, Deng and his brother were sponsored by an Australian couple and eventually settled in Blacktown. Despite not knowing how to read or write, Deng’s determination and desire to succeed saw him take on a part-time job at a service station where he learnt to speak English. He would then go on to study accounting before enrolling in law at the University of Western Sydney.
    After graduating and completing a Master’s in Criminal Law, Deng worked as a lawyer in criminal, immigration, and family law. He is also a co-founder and partner at the Australian Criminal Law Group. Prior to starting the AC Law Group, Deng worked at three reputable Sydney criminal law firms and worked at Blacktown Local Court as a liaison officer to the local Sudanese community and at the Parramatta Community Justice Clinic.
    Further demonstrating his remarkable commitment to social justice, he is also a well-known advocate for the Sudanese community and is a revered social justice warrior. Deng has dedicated his life and career to making a positive difference, helping marginalized refugees with legal advice, mentoring and support.
    In memory of his brother who died in 2014 whilst helping rescue South Sudanese civilians, just as he had rescued Deng all those years before, Deng started a charity, the John Mac Foundation.
    News Corporation has described Deng as the Pride of Australia, and in 2016, he was invited by NSW Premier Mike Baird to give the 2016 Australia Day Address.
    In 2016, he published his critically acclaimed memoir, Songs of a War Boy, recounting his journey to become one of Australia’s best lawyers. He was also the subject of a portrait that won the People’s Choice at the Archibald Prize.
    Deng was named the 2017 NSW Australian of The Year for his achievements and contribution to the Western Sydney community.
    As a speaker, he is incredibly articulate, inspiring and motivating his audiences with his life story of survival and success.
    Deng is one of only three criminal lawyers to win the prestigious Law Society President’s Medal. This medal recognizes his significant personal and professional contributions to the betterment of law and justice in the community.

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Day 3 Closing Remarks
Michael Daws
Farewell Lunch/packed lunch
Golfgroup booking, Duntryleague


Sage Hotel
60-62 Harbour Street
Wollongong, NSW, Australia

At Sage Hotel, accommodation and conference facilities are under one roof. Recently upgraded rooms provide smart comfort and easy access to the conferencing facilities. Call 02 4201 2111 and quote the conference number ACPA23 for special delegate rates.

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Contact us

For additional event or venue information, please email admin@acountrypractice.com.auYou can also reach us at +61 404427457

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