Program

Please see below for an outline of the 2019 Tasmania Congress education program and complementing range of social and recreational activities.

Thursday 30 May
  • Afternoon – Optional activities including Derwent River cruise to the Museum of Old and New Art dep
    MONA attracted 1.3m visitors last year (Tasmania’s total population is only 515,000; Hobart’s 206,000 – and growing!) This number. This number is only second only to the Saturday Salamanca Market (3 minutes’ walk from the Congress venue) while visits to the summit of Mt Wellington (a 20 minute drive) is ranked third and the Port Arthur Historic Site (1 hour’s drive from Hobart), fourth. Separate bookings for MONA ferry/bus essential – you will need to be in Hobart by mid-day Thursday to exercise this option which should cost you less than $100 pp even if you sail ‘Captain’s Class’. Contact Kristy to confirm your interest at the same time that you register or now if you have already registered and paid.
  • Evening - Welcome Cocktail Function 6 – 7.30pm
    Incorporating a tasting of fine wines accompanied by canapes. Own arrangements following (there are any number of fine dining establishments with easy walking distance)
Friday 31 May
  • AM and PM Education Program from 9am – 5.30pm. Mostly plenary but with a few concurrent sessions all of around 55 minutes duration See below for Speakers confirmed and invited.
  • Evening – Official Gala Dinner 7 – 11.30pm
    Featuring 3 courses showcasing Tasmanian produce and featuring the 18 piece Matt Ives Big Band with guest dancers and singers (Rumour has it that Andrew Conway, CEO, has been practising his scales).
Saturday 1 June
  • AM and PM Education Program from 9am – 5.30pm
  • Evening – Farewell Dinner/Dance 7 - 12pm
    Featuring The Premium Buffet, music and dancing to The Mighty Kravats, Tasmania’s and perhaps Australia’s most enduring Pop Rock Band (established 1958!) whose main claim to fame that in 1965 they knocked The Beatles off Top of the Pops in both Hobart and Perth (for a couple of weeks!)
Keynote presenters:
  • Professor Avni Sali AM, (VIC) - Founding Director, Centre for Integrative Medicine (rated a stellar 4.8 out of 5 at the Victoria Congress). First Tas Congress
  • Karen Payne, (ACT) - formerly CEO of the Board of Taxation, recently appointed as the Inspector-General of Taxation, replacing Ali Noroozi (confirmation received just today – Karen will present to IPA the week before she takes Office. A coup!)
  • Dr Michael Schaper (ACT)– formerly Deputy Commissioner of the ACCC, now CEO of the Canberra Business Chamber - Small Business expert. First presented at Smithton in far North-West Tasmania in 2009 and at every Tasmania Congress since. Now a Director on the IPA BOD
  • Petris Lapis (QLD) - Speaker, Motivator, Trainer. An all-time favourite in IPA circles. Always rates in the top 3 at every Congress event that she presents, not only in Tasmania and Victoria but also at the National Congress. ‘Discovered’ at the Tas Congress in 2010 and a regular ever since
  • John Hale (NSW) – Strategic Facilitator, Coach and Mentor. A motivational Speaker of International repute. First Tas Congress
  • Andrew Conway (VIC) – our own CEO growing daily in stature, and major contributor to the IPA /Deakin White paper which focuses, among other things, on the current challenges and personal mental health issues and challenges being experienced by accountants.
Technical and soft skills presenters (in no particular order):
  • Peter Adams (NSW)– Taxation guru and the most widely used Presenter on taxation issues across all IPA Divisions. Learn the latest developments post-budget (and post-election!)
  • Mark Holton (NSW) – First time in Tasmania but one of the most eagerly sought after Presenters in IPA circles, A business advisory expert who will teach you to be a ‘financial storyteller’.
  • Lisa Greig (VIC)– another newcomer offering business and tax advice, currently playing to ‘packed houses’ with her Single Tax Payroll sessions - perhaps the biggest thing to affect Accountants and their clients since GST? First Tas Congress
  • Nick Sinclair (QLD) – Chairman, The Outsourced Accountant, This phenomenally successful self-starter could change the way you interact with clients. First Tas Congress
  • Dr Mark Pizzacalla (VIC) – Board of Taxation and IPA Member, Partner BDO. Learn about the areas of focus and concern for the government’s (independent) ‘think tank’
  • Martin Nally (VIC)– another newcomer to the Tasmanian Congress (although he was raised here). Rated very highly at AAT Roadshow, Vic and WA Congresses for his presentation
  • Matthew Burgess (QLD) – another ex-pat Tasmanian who will alert you to the pitfalls of Trusts as they might affect Accountants and their clients. First Tas Congress
  • Vicki Stylianou (ACT) – IPA’s EGM on Technical and Advocacy matters. Vicki is at present concentrating on PSC, CPD and ethical issues facing accountants. Will chair a Panel of 3-4 drawn from other Presenters A popular regular since 2007
  • Ivan Glavas (VIC) – Partner Worrells. Insolvency expert. Victorian Member of the Year and well-received whenever he presents.
  • David Sauer (VIC) - decamped to Victoria many years ago but always willing to offer his services to his home State. Has been a regular at Tas Congress since the early 2000’s. Topic this time revolves around professional independence.
  • Aaron Dunn (VIC) - independent SMSF Specialist
  • Amy Shuggerud –Woods (VIC) - solicitor, Special Counsel, Disputes and Insolvency, Mills Oakley
  • Kel Spencer (SA) - a highly successful Valuer with 45 years’ experience in all aspects of the profession. Adviser to large corporations, as well as accounting and legal practices.
  • Stuart Wilson (VIC) - the changing face of cyber security in Australia. First IPA Congress.
  • Regulators Roadshow (ACT) – ASIC is organising this event across all Divisions but for Tasmania it has been decided to include the Roadshow in the Congress Program. Speakers have yet to be confirmed but might well include representatives from ASIC but also ATO, ACCC, Fair Work Ombudsman, Small Business Commission.