Complaint Investigation & Member Disciplinary Action

The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) is a professional accounting member body which sets professional and ethical requirements for its members.

The power of the IPA to set standards and to enforce their observance is set out in the IPA's Constitution and By-laws. Professional and ethical standards by which all IPA members are bound are promulgated directly by the IPA Board of Directors and the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board (APESB).  In addition members must abide by relevant accounting and auditing standards which are set by the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) and the Auditing Assurance Standards Board Australia (AUASB).

The IPA requires all members to conduct themselves and their professional activities at the highest level of professionalism. Members in their professional capacity represent not only themselves but the IPA and by inference, all other IPA members.

The IPA Constitution, By-laws, standards and ethical requirements can be found under IPA Rules and Standards.

Complaints against an IPA member

The IPA has an investigations and disciplinary process to accept written complaints against IPA members. As a condition of membership all IPA members are subject to this investigation and disciplinary process for alleged breaches of the IPA Constitution, By-laws, Pronouncements and professional and ethical standards.

If you wish to lodge a complaint against a member of the IPA, download the Complaint Procedure Information and Complaint form.

Members that are required to appear before the IPA Disciplinary Tribunal are advised to understand their rights and obligations by downloading the IPA's Disciplinary Process.

Click here to find out about common causes of investigation breaches.

Contact the team

Institute of Public Accountants
Investigations Officer
GPO Box 1637
MELBOURNE VIC 3001

Email:   complianceadvisor@publicaccountants.org.au