Indigenous Accountants Australia was delighted to participate in Deakin Business School’s inaugural Indigenous Accounting and Business Conference, held in Melbourne on the 2-3 September, 2015.
The conference was a great success, with visiting guests from other First Nations and organisations around the world kindly sharing their knowledge, experience and insights.
The conference provided the opportunity to discuss a range of topics related to Indigenous participation in the accounting and business sectors, including Government policy for Indigenous economic development, the role of education in Indigenous success and perspectives from the Australian accounting profession.
Delegates were treated to a wonderfully warm Welcome to Country by Aunty Di Kerr and heard from distinguished keynote speakers Professor Marcia Langton AM, Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne and Russell Taylor, Principal of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).
Visiting international speakers included Kim Peone, Treasurer, Native American Finance Officer Association (NAFOA), United States, Terry Goodtrack, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA), Canada, and several representatives from Ngā Kaitatau Māori o Aotearoa (National Maori Accountants Network), New Zealand.
Our own Damien Foley, Relationship Manager for Queensland and Northern Territory participated in a panel discussion with these guests, with each speaker sharing their experiences of Indigenous accounting associations. Richard Hurst, Relationship Manager for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, presented on a panel discussion about strategies for meaningful employment of Indigenous people.
This event was a wonderful opportunity to network and share insights and strategies for improving Indigenous participation in the accounting profession. It was great to hear from so many accomplished Indigenous accountants and academics working in the field.
CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants ANZ were proud platinum sponsors of the conference.
We hope to see you at the next Indigenous Accounting and Business Conference.