The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) is one of Australia's oldest representative professional bodies, formed over 90 years ago. Commencing operations in 1923, our evolution has seen us grow to our current position with over 49,000 students and members internationally.

  • 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.
  • 2007 - NIA became a member of Asia Oceania Tax Consultants' Association.
  • 2011 - the NIA changes it name and adopts a new identity, becoming the Institute of Public Accountants.
  • 2011 - The IPA becomes a member of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants.
  • 2012 - The IPA is included in the BRW's 2012 Most Innovative Companies List
  • 2013 - The IPA celebrates its 90th birthday.
  • 2015 - The IPA acquires the Institute of Financial Accountants in the UK.
  • 2020 - The IPA acquires the Association of Accounting Technicians Australia. 
  • 2022 - As of 2022, our membership base consists of over 49,000 members and students across more than 100 countries.

Throughout all phases of history, we have supported and championed our members and the profession. We are here to protect and support our members as well as the SME/SMP sector, and to ensure our members gain appropriate professional recognition.

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We make 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.

We also ensure 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