CPA Australia's various councils and committees offer members an opportunity to:
- support the organisation and represent members from their location or industry sector
- assist the board and management by providing feedback and guidance on issues impacting members and the profession
- increase their professional knowledge and networks
The Representative Council is responsible for appointing the CPA Australia Board of Directors and is comprised of representatives from each division, various advisory committees, staffed branches, industry sectors and membership groups.
Members are elected to divisional and branch councils by members of the division or branch. The councils are an important channel of communication between members and the board and are essential for serving members. Their key focus is on member engagement and advocacy of the profession and CPA Australia.
The CPA Australia Board of Directors governs four board committees that assist the board in its decision-making and policy processes. The four committees are:
- Audit and Risk
- Nomination and Remuneration
- Policy Governance
All committee members are directors and are appointed by the board.
CPA Australia has four advisory committees which advise the CPA Australia Board of Directors in the areas of:
- professional qualifications and education
- public practice
- international strategy
Two compliance committees, the Quality Review Committee and the Disciplinary Committee, evaluate and review the professional conduct of members to ensure they comply with ethical and legal obligations relevant to the accounting and finance professions.
Divisional committees are established by divisional councils to enhance member engagement. The committees represent the interests of members within a particular sector or group and act in an advisory capacity to the council, under agreed terms of reference or a charter.