AT THE OPENING address at the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) National Congress in Adelaide this week chief executive officer, Andrew Conway, said the regulatory burden on the nation was stifling productivity and growth.
“We know, we have to unshackle small business from the regulatory burden it faces if we are to address the ongoing productivity decline,” Professor Conway said.
“The SME sector is looking to accountants to hold that key to unlock that shackle. As a result, we are welcoming the whole of the profession to work in arms to support true regulatory reform; to remove the duplications, the costs and the administration burden on small business.
“Australia must have a new and innovative regulatory framework that removes duplication of effort, overlapping of responsibilities and hence, create an efficient and far more affordable model for stakeholders,” Prof. Conway said.
About the Institute of Public Accountants
The IPA, formed in 1923, is one of Australia’s three legally recognised professional accounting bodies. In late 2014, the IPA acquired the Institute of Financial Accountants in the UK and formed the IPA Group, with more than 37,000 members and students in over 80 countries. The IPA Group is the largest SME focused accountancy organisation in the world. The IPA is a member of the International Federation of Accountants, the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board and the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants.