Social and recreational activities
An exciting range of social and recreational activities for all attendees will complement the core education program and provide you with ample opportunity to network and further your business and personal connections. For an idea of the local products, attractions, excursions, activities and events, please refer to the Visit Yarra Valley website.

CPD Hours
Delegates can obtain up to 18 CPD hours by attending the two-day Congress. Participation in the pre-Congress workshop will allow delegates to obtain 3 CPD hours.

Presentation notes
Presentation notes will be available for attendees to download and view electronically. Hard copy notes are available to purchase for $75. The last day to request a hard copy of the notes is Friday 14 February 2020. Please contact Victoria Division to arrange purchase of the presentation notes.

Speaker profiles
Please click here to view the Speaker Profiles.

Pre-Congress - Wednesday 4 March
1:00pm Registration Desk Opens
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Pre-Congress Workshop
The Accountant as Business Adviser & Strategic Adviser

Warwick Cavell, Founder, Linnergy

Separate registration is required. Click here to register.

5:30pm - 8:30pm Pizza & Lawn Bowls  
Day 1 - Thursday 5 March
8:30am - 8:45am

Official Opening

MCs Andrew Colrain FIPA FFA & Petris Lapis FIPA

8:45am - 9:15am Opening Address
9:15am - 9:45am

Session 2
Future proof your practice - staying competitive

Sam Allert, CEO IPA Books+

9:50am - 10:35am

Session 3
Black Economy

Peter Holt, Assistant Commissioner for Small Business at the Australian Taxation Office

10:35am - 11:05am Morning Tea  
11:05am - 11:50am Session 4 - Concurrent Sessions

The art of difficult conversations

Samantha Dean, Director, Blueprint HQ

AUSkey to MyGovID transition

Colin Walker, Assistant Commissioner, Agent Services and Support, ATO

11:55am - 12:40pm Session 5 - Concurrent Sessions

Cost of Compliance: An insight into a decade of regulatory change in financial services

Rizwan Zaidi,  Thomson Reuters

The important role that small business plays within the Australian economy, and what keeps them moving

Joseph Lim, Head of Affiliate and Strategic Channels, Prospa

12:40pm - 1:40pm Lunch
1:40pm - 1:50pm Mental Recharge/Stretch & Refresh Activity led by Helen Mac, Chief Reinvention Officer, Macs Results Pty Ltd
1:50pm - 2:35pm

Session 6
Economic Update

Besa Deda, Bank of Melbourne

2:35pm - 3:20pm

Session 7
R U OK? - Let's all support small business

Stephen Dowling, RUOK Community Ambassador

3:20pm - 3:50pm Afternoon Tea
3:50pm - 4:35pm Session 8 - Concurrent Sessions

Why cyber security should be #1 on your 2020 To Do List

Stuart Wilson, Neptune

Developing, subdividing & partitioning land - key tax & duty issues

Andrew Henshaw, Director & Rajan Verma, Velocity Legal

4:35pm - 4:45pm Day 1 Wrap Up
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Wine Tasting

Phil Manser, Wine Direct

7:30pm - 11:00pm Official Dinner
Day 2 - Friday 6 March
7:30am - 9:30am

Session 9
International Women's Day Breakfast

Opened by Andrew Conway FIPA FFA
Facilitated by Petris Lapis FIPA
Panel Members:

  • Kaye Nelson-Hill, Executive Manager, Strategic Partnerships & Alliances, Bank of Melbourne
  • Helen Mac, Chief Reinvention Officer, Macs Results Pty Ltd
  • Carol Cooke AM
10:00am - 10:15am

Day 2 Opening

MCs & Stretch and Refresh Activity led by Helen Mac, Chief Reinvention Officer, Macs Results Pty Ltd

10:15am - 11:00am Session 10 - Concurrent Sessions

Exposing some of the myths surrounding personal and corporate insolvencies

Ivan Glavas, Partner and Scott Anderson, Partner, Worrells

Reinventing teams – Creating a nimble, flexible business, ready to respond to customer needs, and able to deal with challenging times

Helen Mac, Chief Reinvention Officer, Macs Results Pty Ltd

11:00am - 11:30am Morning Tea
11:30am - 11:35am International Women's Day Address from Andrew Conway FIPA FFA
11:35am - 12:20pm

Session 11
Finding Your Inner Gold

Carol Cooke AM

12:25pm - 1:10pm Session 12 - Concurrent Sessions

Risk management for SME businesses in the modern era

David Martin, Director & Mark Van der Haar, Director, IPA Insure

SMSF Update

Darren Wynen, Insyt.

1:10pm - 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm - 2:45pm Session 13 - Concurrent Sessions

CGT & stamp duty implications in property development

Stephanie McGrath, Senior Associate, Robert James Lawyers

The new Banking Code of Practice and the impacts on business and the wider community

Jerome Davidson

2:50pm - 3:35pm Session 14 - Concurrent Sessions

Public Accountants beware, shadow directorship & director penalty notices

Ahmed Bise, Principal - Financial Advisory, Grant Thornton

Harnessing the power of a growth mindset for success

Petris Lapis FIPA

3:35pm - 4:00pm Afternoon Tea
4:00pm 4:15pm Sponsor Business Card Draw
4:15pm - 5:00pm

Session 15
Ethical dilemmas panel session

Facilitated by Nick Mroczkowski, Professor of Practice, Co-Director: IPA - Deakin SME Research Centre

  • Tony Greco - General Manager Technical Policy, Institute of Public Accountants
  • Sam Dean – Director, BlueprintHQ
  • Ivan Glavas – Partner, Worrells
5:00pm - 5:15pm Conclusion
5:30pm - 9:30pm Farewell BBQ Buffet