About Us

Introducing the IPA: Innovation. Partnership. Advancement.

Since our inception in 1923, the IPA has spanned the decades to become the organisation it is today; an innovative organisation focussed on growth for the future based on supporting member needs, providing relevant and quality education, lobbying on important legislative issues and giving you access to specialised products and services tailored to your interests and needs.

Today, over 93 years on, the IPA represents the interests of more than 35,000 members and students in over 80 countries and is ranked in the top professional accounting bodies in the world.

Throughout our history, our approach hasn't changed.  Passionate about supporting the SME/SMP sector, we continue to advocate for the best interests of our members and the small business sector across Australia.  We continue to strive for innovation in everything we do and build on the recognition already gained as one of the top 20 in BRW’s Most innovative companies in Australia list for 2012.

A full member of the International Federation of Accountants, the IPA works to promote the exchange of knowledge and best practice to build relationships across borders and focus on overseas membership expansion, particularly in Malaysia and China, where we also are members of the Confederation of Asia Pacific Accountants (CAPA).

At both a national and international level, we sit on more than 120 forums and continue to carry a strong voice while representing the interests of members and the profession globally.

The IPA ’s focus on education and development has also increased in importance over recent years. We offer a complete development pathway - from certificate level qualifications in Bookkeeping through to a Diploma in Financial Planning, culminating in the pinnacle of the IPA's education program - The Master of Commerce (Public Accounting), delivered in partnership with the University of New England. This provides you with a full postgraduate degree qualification recognised anywhere in the world, equipping you with the skills needed for a successful and prosperous career in the accounting profession.