History & Recognition

History

The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) is one of Australia's oldest representative professional bodies, formed over ninety years ago.

Our evolution to our current position today, with over 25,000 members in Australia and beyond, saw us commence operations in 1923.

  • 1923 - Institute of Factory and Cost Accountants, formed in Melbourne, Victoria.
  • 1950 - Institute of Taxation and Cost Accountants, name change.
  • 1957 - National Institute of Accountants, name change.
  • 1967 - Institute of Commercial Studies, name change.
  • 1970 - Institute of Affiliate Accountants, name change.
  • 1988 - National Institute of Accountants, adoption of the precedent name.
  • 2002 - NIA gazetted as an authorised assessing authority for skilled migration to Australia.
  • 2004 - NIA became a member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).
  • 2007 - NIA became a member of Asia Oceania Tax Consultants' Association (AOTCA).
  • 2011 - Institute of Public Accountants, name change
  • 2011 - IPA became a member of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA).
  • 2012 - IPA launches "My Public Accountant" package for accountants in public practice.
  • 2012 - Named in 2012 BRW Most Innovative Companies List
  • 2013 - Launched the Public Accountant digital hub
  • 2013 - The IPA celebrates its 90th birthday.

Throughout all phases of our history, our role has always been to to ensure the needs and requirements of our members, the profession and the business community are maintained and protected. The framework of the IPA serves to protect and support these interests and to ensure our members gain appropriate recognition on a professional basis.

Recognition

The IPA believes an effective and consistent corporate identity is essential. A strong recognisable logo will help communicate credibility and generate greater awareness.

The corporate identity connects IPA members and creates a unified, coordinated means of communicating with government, business and the public.

The IPA encourages members to promote their affiliation with the IPA through the use of IPA's corporate symbols.

The Style Guide provides guidelines for the use of IPA's corporate symbols.

IPA members are encouraged to use the post-nominal associated with their membership status as an indication of the standing they hold within the accounting profession.

Click here for more information on IPA logo use.

Click here to view more information on Legislative Recognition.

Representation

The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) ensures the concerns of members are voiced with government and key industry sectors through representation on special interest groups and committees including:

  • AASB Urgent Issues Group
  • Approved Auditors Subcommittee
  • ASIC Chairs Committee
  • ASIC Regional Liaison Group
  • ASX Corporate Governance Council
  • ASX Listed Entities Liaison Committee
  • ATO Accounting Working Group
  • ATO CEOs Forum
  • ATO Foreign Source Income Subcommittee
  • ATO GST Subcommittee
  • ATO Lodgement Working Party
  • ATO National Tax Liaison Group
  • ATO NTLG International Financial Reporting Standards Subcommittee
  • ATO Research Steering Committee
  • ATO Tax Reform Working Party
  • ATO Technical Issues Management Subcommittee
  • ATO/Tax Practitioner Forum
  • Australia China Business Council
  • Australia Malaysia Business Council
  • Bookkeeper Industry Advisory Group
  • Capital Gains Tax and Losses Subcommittee
  • CEDA CEOs Forum
  • CEDA CFOs Forum
  • Consultative Group to the Australian Accounting Standards Board
  • Council of Business Associations
  • Council of Small Business Associations COSBOA
  • Emerging Issues Taskforce
  • Financial Reporting Council
  • Fringe Benefits Tax Subcommittee
  • Innovation Business Services Australia Bookkeeper Advisory Committee
  • Insolvency Law Advisory Group
  • National Small Business Forum
  • National Superannuation Consultative Committee
  • NTLG Superannuation Subcommittee
  • Regional ATO/Tax Practitioner Forums
  • Regulatory Discussion Group
  • Skills Council of Victoria
  • Small Business Coalition
  • Standards Australia Financial Planning Subcommittee
  • Superannuation National Audit Consultative Committee
  • Sydney Research Group (Accounting)
  • Tax Pack Advisory Panel
  • Trans Tasman Accounting Standards Advisory Group

The IPA makes representations to Government including the Australian Tax Office, Australian Securities and Investment Commission, Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority, Treasury Tax Agents Board and the Attorney General's Department.

The IPA is represented on Curriculum Policy Development Committees of TAFE Colleges around Australia. The IPA contributed to Government in the development of an Australian youth traineeship program with an accounting focus. The IPA strives to provide a 'voice' for members in the media on issues affecting their profession, key staff within the IPA are available for comment and media releases are issued regularly.