Over the next month there are several great events open to the public for Small Business and Accounting professionals. These events offer great opportunities for networking, education, and professional growth.
We’ve identified a number of industry talks, academic seminars, casual meet-ups, and competitive events across Australia.


What: WordPress Sydney – Domains & DNS
Where: Fishburners (Level 1, 608 Harris St, Sydney)
When: Monday 25 May 2015
The domain name landscape has changed a lot in the past 12 months. Learn about new domain name options and how to secure a brilliant address for your WordPress site. Also, a first look at DNS: what is is, and how to configure for the hosting of your WordPress website. Aimed at beginners you’ll learn about name servers, delegation and resource records. Peter Shilling from The DMA will be presenting.

What: Startup Grind – Gen George (OneShift)
Where: Level 8, 555 Bourke St, Mebourne
When: Wednesday 27 May 2015
Gen George is the 24 year old founder and CEO of OneShift, an online jobs platform that operates like a matchmaking service for employers and jobseekers looking for casual, part-time or permanent work across a range of industries.

What: Wordcamp Brisbane – 2015
Where: The Cube, QUT Garden’s Point (QLD)
When: Saturday 30 May -Sunday 31 May 2015
The Brisbane WordCamp will cover everything from; Search Engine Optimisation, web content strategy, digital tips for business, to more technical talks about; developing with WordPress, WordPress’s API, using Chassis to build site’s and so on. We’ll also have lots of business – type talks that will be great for anyone who is a digital agency or freelancer dealing with clients and business growth.”

What: End of Financial Year Tax Preparations
Where: The Coterie (Level 4, Z1 The Works, 34 Parer Place, Kelvin Grove, Qld)
When: Thursday 04 June 2015
Pitcher Partners will be providing an update on accounting and specific taxation items to consider leading up to the end of the financial year. This will run for 15 minutes and you will then be able to chat to Pitcher Partners directly if you have any specific questions.


What: Year End Tax Wrap
Where: Various locations across Australia
When: Throughout May-June 2015
CPD: 8 hours
Gain a comprehensive 12-month overview of all the tax changes in just one day and learn how these changes will affect you and your clients. You will have access to detailed insights from experts in tax advisory service. Key topics to be discussed:

  • ATO regulatory announcements, legislation, income, deductions, trust issues and other areas in tax
  • Income tax, GST, FBT and CGT regimes, superannuation and tax administration
  • The latest and most important ATO rulings, determinations and bulletins
  • How to avoid common traps and pitfalls

What: Income Tax For Companies Workshop
Where: Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney
When: June 2015
Previously known as Preparing company tax returns, this two-day workshop to provide comprehensive knowledge and help you with your company’s income tax compliance obligations. Key topics to be discussed:

  • Taxation income calculation, including statutory and exempt income, deductions and capital allowance – depreciating assets and capital works – Division 43
  • Repairs, research and development, revenue and capital losses, non-deductible expenditure, legal expenses and trading stock
  • Anti-avoidance provisions, dividends and the imputation system and the small business entity provisions
  • International tax, thin capitalisation and tax reconciliation

What: Festival of Dangerous Tax Ideas
Where: University of NSW, Level 6, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney
When: 18-19 June 2015
The festival brings together leaders in the tax field from all disciplines and interests to work through new thinking on how to future proof the Australian tax system in a period when the demands on it will be ever increasing. The festival will entertain tax reform options under four major areas over the two days including:

  • Making global corporates pay
  • Rebasing consumption taxes
  • Life, the universe and income tax: CGT reform as 42
  • Rebooting funding in the Australian federation

What: IPA Tasmanian Congress
Where: Country Club Resort, Launceston
When: 28-31 May 2015
CPE: Up to 24 hours
With a range of workshops, keynote and technical sessions to choose from, delegates will be able to accumulate more than half of their annual CPE hours quota from a single event that offers social, recreational and educational gems at a price unmatched anywhere in Australia.

What: WA Small Business Professionals Symposium
Where: Fraser Suites Perth, 10 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth
When: 19 June 2015
CPE: 11 hours
The Small Business Professionals Symposium will provide the opportunity for Accountants and their Small Business clients to attend a full day conference, addressing issues relevant to West Australian Small Business. This full day session will include keynote sessions on the Small Business and WA Economy landscapes, as well as social functions and practical, relevant topics of both a technical and non-technical nature.