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Professions australia graham meyer chief executive officer

Professions Australia

Graham Meyer

Chief Executive Officer

charteredaccountants.com.au


Professions australia graham meyer chief executive officer

Professional conduct

  • The primary purpose of the Institute’s disciplinary process is to protect the reputation of the Institute and the Chartered Accountants designation

  • The Institute’s Professional Conduct function rigorously enforces ethical, technical and professional standards through investigation of complaints and other issues which come to our attention concerning members’ conduct

  • Judging peers – Professional Conduct Tribunal is made up of senior members of the Institute and non-members

  • Professional Conduct processes are transparent and independent


Professions australia graham meyer chief executive officer

Regulatory framework

  • No single body responsible for regulating the accounting profession in Australia

  • Regulatory bodies for specific functional areas: ASIC, Tax Agents Board, APRA, ITSA

  • Institute does not have legal power and not responsible for redress or compensation

  • Institute’s disciplinary process follows the regulatory and court process


Professions australia graham meyer chief executive officer

Institute membership

  • 46,000 members

  • In the FY 2007 - 317 formal investigations against members

  • Only 11 members called to appear before the Professional Conduct Tribunal

  • Only one member was excluded from membership – the Institute’s ultimate sanction


Professions australia graham meyer chief executive officer

Force of law

  • Corporate collapses of Enron and HIH Insurance focused attention on corporate regulation and governance

  • Auditing standards now have force of law

  • New oversight bodies have been established:

    • Financial Reporting Council

    • Audit Quality Review Board

    • Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board


Professions australia graham meyer chief executive officer

Trial by media

  • Media often get involved in disciplinary cases

  • Greg Lay:

    • Greg Lay, Chartered Accountant involved in ASICs case against employer Steve Vizard

    • Highly publicised case against Lay and the Institute - criticised for not placing sanctions against him

    • Media showed misunderstanding of issues

  • Institute can be criticised and reputation damaged by media reports

  • Private hearings – journalists not invited

  • Requires careful management


Professions australia graham meyer chief executive officer

Graham Meyer

Chief Executive Officer

Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia

charteredaccountants.com.au


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