Nives Botica Redmayne FCA highlights how we are elevating members’ voices and securing the talent of the future.

Education is more than just entry to our professional body – it is the commitment to life-long learning that makes us who we are and underpins our trust. It is a special honour to have been President when we introduced a new future-focused CA Program.

Following consultation with members, candidates, industry and global partners and employers, the CA Program meets the future demand for broader expertise and a digital skillset from the profession while also offering greater flexibility and choice. As a member of the academic community and by connecting with young members throughout the year, I have observed that students are eager to be prepared to tackle the challenges of not just today but of tomorrow and into the future. 

This way of thinking rings true for the profession more broadly which has not only had increased workloads and managed the wellbeing of themselves and their clients, but they have also had to look into the future and predict uncertain circumstances. Members’ astute and critical thinking has guided our advocacy work, allowing us to amplify their voices and concerns as they can see the domino effects for livelihoods and businesses when they practically implement measures. It has been heartening to see many successful advocacy outcomes that have been driven by members’ input and their dedication to their clients and businesses in which they work. 

While members have been in the trenches providing wise counsel and making a difference, we have kept their health and wellbeing front of mind. We aimed to walk alongside our members, every step of the way, whether through proactive support calls, extending complimentary counselling support for members and families as part of our Employee Assistance Program or providing our CA Advisory Group for guidance on challenging ethical dilemmas. 

“As trusted advisers, the CA designation is steeped in ethics and integrity and it is this legacy that we must protect.” 
– Nives Botica Redmayne FCA, President 

As trusted advisers, the CA designation is steeped in ethics and integrity and it is this legacy that we must protect. In addition to our strong professional conduct and quality review processes, this year we also strengthened our ethics requirements of members including mandatory CPD training and cementing ethics at the centre of our CA Program offering. 

The pandemic has been a living example of the extreme consequences that non-financial risks can have on businesses and global economies. Bringing non-financial risk and sustainability to the forefront has also been an area of focus for me. One of the ways we have done this is a joint report on carbon capture modelling that draws on more than 25 years of tree data. This was the first comprehensive study of its kind in an Australian urban environment and created an empirical equation that accountants can use to more accurately and consistently calculate carbon capture and significantly reduce errors. 

As well as developing resources and tools, we have advocated extensively over the last several years. In addition to presenting at an Australian parliamentary inquiry, in New Zealand we engaged with the Government and submitted to the select committee on legislation mandating climate-related financial disclosures, advocating for a fit-for-purpose regime. 

We are equipping members with the skills and data they need to make informed decisions within organisations. As a profession, we need to stand ready for future challenges. We are well known for charting the best course of action, for making a difference, so shaping a sustainable future is a task fit for us as Chartered Accountants. 

I leave you with the words that our launch campaign our new CA Program centred around and that also embodies the next step for us and for Chartered Accountants ANZ: Hello Future. 

Nives Botica Redmayne FCA