New South Wales edition
Edition 16 | 6 May 2015

Why do house prices keep rising?

In the US and some parts of Europe, house prices are still down, but in Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, prices have continued to rise – not only in the amount but also when measured against both incomes and rents.

We ask three experts: What’s going on here?


CPA President Graeme Wade in Albury: A future of opportunities

The CPA designation is recognised globally, and represents financial, accounting and business advisory professionals of the highest calibre and training. Join CPA Australia President Graeme Wade as he shares our achievements of the past year and the many benefits the CPA designation can bring to your career. Refreshments and canapés will be provided. Wednesday 13 May from 12.00pm to 2.00pm, Commercial Club, 618 Dean Street, Albury.


Is the ATO faster than your car? – City taxation discussion group

Join Mr Todd Want, Principal – Tax Services, William Buck Advisers, as he presents “Is the ATO faster than your car?”. Todd’s expertise lies in small-to-medium enterprise taxation matters and he advises clients on a broad range of tax issues such as capital gains tax, taxation of trusts, international tax and tax risk management.

The discussion group will take place from 6.00pm to 7.30pm on Monday 11 May at CPA Australia, Level 3, 111 Harrington Street, Sydney. To register email


Get great FX rates and Bonus Points

Need to transfer money overseas? If you have a CPA Australia American Express Credit Card, now you can enjoy all the benefits of competitive rates and discounted fees* on transactions from American Express Foreign Exchange International Payments – without needing an ABN. For a limited time, you'll also receive 5000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points when you make your first trade before Thursday 31 December. *Terms and conditions apply.


Are you future-proofed? – Forensic accounting discussion group

Join Mr Schon Condon, Managing Principal, Condon Associates, as he presents on the topic of ‘’Are You Future Proofed?” Schon’s expertise covers a wide range of areas including insolvency, turnaround, litigation support, forensic accounting, special investigations and valuations. The discussion group will take place from 5.30pm to 8.00pm on Thursday 14 May at CPA Australia, Level 3, 111 Harrington Street, Sydney. To register email


Develop successful SMSF strategies for your clients

Apply SMSF strategies by looking at clients' objectives as a starting point for strategy development. Learn about maximising tax effective contributions, investing in direct property, minimising fund tax, determining the most appropriate structure for holding life insurance and avoiding the tax on benefits paid to non-tax departments.

Learn to create Three statement finance models in Excel

Influence finance decisions within your organisation by creating interactive Three statement financial models in Microsoft Excel. This practical workshop, presented by Marcus Small, will use true to life data and guide you from start to finish. Create a full set of forecast financial statements and a comprehensive financial model for your business which is pliable, sustainable and reusable.

Are you having the conversations critical to your business?

Ensure you are able to confidently resolve critical situations professionally and achieve positive outcomes. This interactive workshop will explore key topics including identifying and responding to different communication styles, models for addressing declining performance and giving constructive feedback, techniques for managing change resistance and tools for dealing with emotional or angry behaviour.

Learn to compile financial statements

Use a final trial balance and other background information to compile financial statements. Prepare a statement of financial position, statement of comprehensive income, and statement of changes in equity from trial balance information. Identify related notes and include this information in the financial statements, and recognise the framework behind financial statements and the requirements for different companies. You will also identify the key themes of IAS 1 Presentation of financial statements.


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