IPA-Deakin SME research innovation

A collaboration agreement between the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and Deakin University has been signed to establish a unique research innovation with an SME focus.

The 'IPA-Deakin SME Research Partnership' that forms the basis of the new research innovation will oversee the development of issues briefings, policy papers and research focused specifically around the SME sector.

"This is an exciting development that will strengthen the IPA's ongoing thought leadership and advocacy supporting small business across Australia," said IPA chief executive officer, Andrew Conway.

"The IPA-Deakin SME Research Partnership will become our research backbone in relation to SME issues as we continue to drive a credible SME policy voice throughout the region.

 "This will  be a significant resource delivering strategic advice to peak bodies such as the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

"We are also thrilled to announce that the FRC has joined the venture as a non-financial partner," said Mr Conway.

Deakin University's, Head of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Professor Barry Cooper, said that the SME Research Partnership would  be looking at key issues facing the SME market including taxation, governance, corporations law, self-managed superannuation, financial services and small business regulation.

"Deakin University is very pleased to form this partnership that will ultimately deliver tangible benefits to the SME sector," said Professor Cooper.