CPAs working in the public sector face unprecedented change amidst a backdrop of tightening revenues, increasing demand for services and an expectation to "do more with less". They have a critical role to play in developing and implementing strategy based on financial rigour and strategic insight to improve community service delivery.

Access our range of resources, training and events to help you excel in this challenging environment.

Performance audit

Performance auditing is widely accepted by public sector organisations as central to good governance. Read a critical review of the scope and practice of performance auditing in Australia.

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Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards

CPA Australia members have a responsibility to act in the public interest and comply with the fundamental principles of integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care, confidentiality and professional behaviour in all their dealings.

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Apply today: Commonwealth audit committees

Recent changes to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 require that, from Wednesday 1 July, Commonwealth audit committees must have a majority of independent members. 

As Australia’s largest peak accounting body, we are assisting with the identification and shortlisting of potential candidates for a position on a Commonwealth audit committee. 

Senior CPA members looking to offer their broader business knowledge and experience and expand their professional networks can register via publicsector@cpaaustralia.com.au

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    Media release
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    Commentary
    22/02/17
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    Submission
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    Submission
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    IESBA exposure draft: Improving the Structure of the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants – Phase 2 (PDF)  Ethics
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    IESBA exposure draft: Proposed Revisions Pertaining to Safeguards in the Code – Phase 2  Ethics
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    01/02/17
    IESBA exposure draft: Proposed Revisions to Clarify the Applicability of Provisions in Part C to Public Practitioners (PDF)  Ethics
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    AUASB exposure draft on auditor reporting issues (PDF)  Audit and assurance
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    25/01/17
    Guidance for RCA applicants: Logbook transition for new RG 180 (PDF)  Audit and assurance
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    Regulation of SMSF advice
    Financial planning
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    Practice growth strategies (PDF)
    Public practice
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    Public practice pathways (PDF)
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    18/01/17
    Roadmap to practice growth and succession  Public practice
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    18/01/17
    Webinar recording: Tax practitioner obligations with offshoring and outsourcing  Taxation
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    IAASB auditor reporting FAQs
    Audit and assurance
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    Are you distrusting enough to be a great auditor?
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