New South Wales edition
Edition 29 | 30 July 2014

Is it time to get rid of performance reviews?

Earlier this year, research came to a less than startling conclusion: Nobody likes a critical job performance evaluation. “Performance reviews can affect motivation, commitment and performance, which managers should keep in mind,” says Satoris Culbertson, an assistant professor of management. “It’s not so much that performance reviews need to be abolished, but we need to fix what is broken.”


Are we thinking straight on mental health?

A recent survey revealed that many business leaders admitted to knowing little about the issue of mental health. Beyondblue, an Australian initiative to help depression and anxiety, has teamed with workplace health and safety agencies Safe Work Australia and Comcare to signal to managers and business leaders the many risks, some legal, that arise from ignoring the importance of employees’ psychological wellbeing.


SMSF Specialisation closing soon

The CPA Australia SMSF Specialisation workshop satisfies the education requirements needed to apply for this recognised specialisation. Enrol now so you are eligible to apply for your specialisation.

Transforming an organisation?

Peter de Koeyer, CEO Westmont Aged Care Services, will be presenting to the Albury-Wodonga discussion group about transforming organisations. Wednesday 30th July. To register email

Call for nomination – CPA Australia council

Nominations for CPA Australia divisional councils are now open. Nominate to join your serving council and have an impact on CPA Australia’s membership organisation.

Privacy guidance for practitioners

Learn about your privacy obligations under the Privacy Act and utilise our privacy policy checklist.

AASB issues standard on transition between tiers

The Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) has issued an amending standard AASB 2014-2 Amendments to AASB 1053 – Transition to and between Tiers, and related Tier 2 Disclosure Requirements.

ASIC financial report findings 2014

Read and listen to an explanation of the key findings from ASIC’s surveillance of financial reports from Doug Niven, Senior Executive Leader – Financial Reporting and Audit, ASIC.

Microfinance volunteer needed

The No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) offers no-interest loans of up to $1200 to people on low incomes for the purchase of essential goods and services. The role of the microfinance volunteer is to conduct interviews and carry out associated administrative tasks.

Strategic internal communication

This ebook includes overviews on internal communications, employee engagement and HR, corporate culture and more to boost your strategic communication at work.

Journal of strategy and management

Covering a broad range of topics, this journal provides insight on strategic planning, social networks, business leadership and communications and more.


Financial management using Microsoft® Excel

Competent Excel skills are no longer a nice-to-have but a must-have for most finance roles. CPA Australia's series of Excel workshops are designed especially for the needs of finance professionals to provide you with the skills you need to drive efficiencies in your role and your organisation. Select the topics that will be most useful for you or register for more than one and save.

CFO Advance 2014: The highest level

Want to excel in a CFO role? This five-day residential program, held in conjunction with the world renowned University of Chicago Booth School of Business, will help you refine skills in three critical areas – finance, strategy and leadership. It will also present you with invaluable opportunities to discuss strategy with heavyweights in the Australian business world as well as network with peers over the course of the program.

Management accounting conference

This year's Management accounting conference challenges you to look beyond data and numbers to explore leadership skills, whilst expanding your core technical knowledge.

Retail accounting and finance forum

A new forum for 2014, the Retail accounting and finance forum is your opportunity to hear best practice case studies and gain the insights and skills to successfully counter the challenges the retail industry faces.

Analysing business performance

This workshop will teach a practical methodology for analysing business performance, the skills required to communicate the analysis, different writing styles and when to use them and using tables and charts effectively.

SMSF financial statement and compliance audit

Ensure your reporting and documentation files are prepared accurately to support your financial statement audits and mitigate the risk of non-compliance in your compliance audits.

Achieve a passive income with residential property

Our expert presenters will focus on how to develop a unique and tailored property plan that will enable you to achieve financial independence. This session will focus on an individual or household's personal and financial goals, both today and throughout the many lifecycles that households face.

SkillsNet suite

In today's competitive workplace, competency in behavioural skills plays an important part in setting apart the star performers from the multitude. The SkillsNet flexible customised elearning packages will help you build essential personal effectiveness skills to give you the edge over your competition. Choose from communication, leadership and more.

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