Richard Hurst

Richard Hurst

Relationship Manager, Indigenous Strategies – Victoria, Tasmania & South Australia
CPA Australia

My story

I am a descendant of the Kamilaroi people of north-western NSW; I was born and raised in Sydney. After completing high school, I undertook a diploma in Real Estate Management and a certificate in Marketing before entering the workforce. I worked in property management, recruitment and sales for a number of years before I realised that there was a limit to the scope of the roles I could undertake without investing in further study. I then completed a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (International Business) at the University of Western Sydney.

I entered the public service as a graduate and worked in Canberra for four years. I was given the opportunity to work in a number of areas, including International Education, Indigenous Skills Centres and Manufacturing. I then moved to Melbourne, where I worked on an internship program supporting Indigenous university students into work placements during their semester breaks.

I am pleased to be working between two esteemed member services organisations on the Indigenous Accountants Australia project. I am passionate about helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders reach their personal and professional goals.

Why I think the Indigenous Accountants Australia initiative is important

Improving access to education, health services and employment opportunities is vital if we are to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage. I see the Indigenous Accountants Australia initiative playing an important role in increasing financial aptitude, literacy and awareness in the Indigenous community. An increase in the number of Indigenous Australians with professional qualifications in accounting will help strengthen Indigenous businesses and community based organisations. With IAA providing support, access to mentors, positive role models and employment opportunities, Indigenous accountants can become Australia’s future leaders and have a lasting impact for generations to come.