IPA celebrates 90th at National Congress

The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) will celebrate the closure of its 90th anniversary year at a special function on the second night of its National Congress on the Gold Coast.

Formed in 1923 as the Institute of Factory and Cost Accountants, the IPA has undergone many changes along with a few name changes.  Rebranded in 2011 as the IPA, the organisation now represents more than 25,000 members and students across 51 countries and is ranked in the top 25 professional accounting bodies in the world.

"Our national congress, the first under the IPA brand, seems a fitting way to close our 90th anniversary year," said IPA chief executive officer, Andrew Conway.

"And what a year it has been; recognised as one of the top 20 in BRW's most innovative companies list in Australia for 2012, we have continued our culture of innovation, with:

  • the launch of our digital hub (pubacct.org.au)
  • enhancements to our multi-award winning PPQA Online quality assurance program
  • the launch of our CPD Live App, a CPE first for the accounting profession
  • the launch of IPA Deakin SME Research Partnership
  • the development of new educational pathways for members such as the Diploma of Financial Planning with DeakinPrime

"It's been a year of challenges where we have continued to represent the interests of our members, including taking a strong advocacy position on issues such as APES 230 and the self-education tax cap.

"It has also been a very rewarding year with an overall growth in member intake of 34 per cent, overseas membership growth of 42 per cent and continued strong growth in student numbers; overall a year to celebrate" said Mr Conway.

The IPA's National Congress is currently being held at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort on the Gold Coast from 7 to 9 November.

Further details of the conference program can be found at:  /nationalcongress2013