Each month we provide a snapshot of noteworthy events open to the public for Small Business and Accounting professionals. These events offer great opportunities for networking, education, and professional growth.
This list is a mix of industry talks, academic seminars, casual meet-ups, and competitive events taking place across Australia.


What: QUT Business Leaders’ Forum – Coca-Cola Amatil Group Managing Director Alison Watkins
Where: The Grand Ballroom, Hilton Brisbane
When: 6 August 2015, Noon-2pm
Alison Watkins is overseeing a major change program at Coca Cola Amatil since she joined in March 2014, including corporate restructuring, new product development and significant changes in the company’s diversity and workplace flexibility.

Ms Watkins will speak about her personal journey and how she took control of her career. She will outline her views on the leadership that matters, and the challenges and opportunities for Coca-Cola Amatil in the intensely competitive beverage industry.

What: Winning The War For Talent – A Masterclass In How To Attract And Hire Great People
Where: Suite 3A, 54 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe, Brisbane
When: 11 August 2015
In this masterclass, Mandy Johnson outlines innovative hiring strategies that build remarkable, high-performance workplaces. Talking from her own experience as a start-up founder and director of Flight Centre UK and from case studies of leading companies, she debunks hiring myths and inspires participants to make immediate change. Participants analyse their own hiring practices, discuss solutions and create a targeted one page action plan that they can immediately use to attract, recruit and retain more great people, and increase organizational performance and profits.

What: Introduction to Reckon Accounts Hosted – New Starter Training
Where: Southport, QLD (Exact location TBA)
When: 17 August 2015, 6pm
Introduction to Reckon Accounts Hosted & Reckon One. This is hands on training for new starters, so the session will be at a basic level.

What: Marketing & Customer Analytics Sydney – The 101 of Programmatic Buying
Where: Fishburners – 608 Harris Street, Ultimo 2007
When: 20 August 2015, 6pm
In the not so distant future we will see advertising personalised to the extent that two people watching the same TV show in different houses, will see completely different ads. These ads will be customised to the viewer based on their demographic, interest or behavioural profile. This talk will introduce people to the concept of programmatic buying in which media traders are bidding on individual ad spaces in real time.

What: Bizlink Seminar – 2015
Where: Payneham Library, 2 Turner Street, Felixstow, SA
When: 28 August 2015, 8:30am
Meet senior government representatives who manage services that support your business. Talk directly to all of the government organisations that impact on the operations and future directions of your business at this free event.


What: RG146 Compliance Solution program
Where: Sydney / Brisbane / Victoria
When: Commences 4 August 2015
This training course for the RG146 Compliance Solution program offers 4 modules examining: Financial Advice Foundation, Insurance, Investments, and Superannuation. Each module involves a two day face-to-face workshop. The workshops provide an interactive education pathway for accounting professionals intending to apply for the limited Australian Financial Services (AFS) licence following the removal of the accountants’ exemption from 30 June 2016.

What: Tax Super School
Where: Institute of Public Accountants, Suite 6, 60 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide
When: 11-12 August 2015
CPE: 16 hours
This two day seminar school presented by Peter Adams is designed to cover topics relevant to all members. Whether you are a an Accountant, a Tax adviser, an employer, small business owner, CFO, Finance Manager BAS Agent, Bookkeeper or Accounting Lecturer these topics will keep you up to date with the latest developments, legislation and cases. Day One will cover all the major developments and changes on various aspects of income tax law during 2013-14 plus relevant legislation and ATO rulings. Day Two will be of interest to members who advise clients, employ staff, prepare payroll or prepare and lodge BAS statements.

What: Technology, Accounting, and Finance Forum
Where: Telstra Customer Insights Centre – 400 George Street, Sydney
When: 19-20 August 2015
CPD: 17 hours
This event offers a suite of leading edge solutions from world class technology providers and showcases industry defining case studies around the three technology trends that will impact your future – communication, business advisory and risk management.

What: Payroll Issues – Understanding an Employer’s Obligations
Where: Online webinar
When: Tuesday 25 August 2015
CPE: 1 hour
Explore your payroll obligations through this webinar that examines PAYG witholding and payment summaries.