If you’re just starting out in professional accounting, then making connections with experts in your industry and wrapping your head around the latest trends, technology and tactics should be a priority. So, where do you start? Attend industry events and you’ll hear from leaders in your field, gain valuable insights from your peers and make important connections to carry with you in your career – all in a day’s work. Here are the top five events for accountants.
1. QuickBooks Connect – Sydney
This annual full-day event, QuickBooks Connect hosted by Intuit QuickBooks Australia, offers a plethora of information and opportunities for small business owners and budding entrepreneurs. You’ll hear from some of Australia’s leading business owners, watch insightful keynote presentations and participate in action-packed workshops led by industry experts. Alongside other accountants, you’ll brush shoulders with industry partners, like PayPal and TSheets, and a wide array of small business owners.
2. Accounting Business Expo – Sydney
Known as Australia’s largest annual business event, the Accounting Business Expo brings together more than 4,000 professionals. Each year, experts delve into the latest accounting innovations, business models and trends, so you can leave up-to-date on everything impacting accountancy, business, and finance. And, with so many professionals under one roof, you’ll have the opportunity to make some serious industry connections.
3. Sharing Knowledge Series – Various locations
The Sharing Knowledge Series, hosted by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, is one of the more regular, affordable events for accounting professionals. The topics covered at each event varies, but examples include Superannuation compliance and updates to tax regulations. Occasionally, they’ll host a free event for you to mingle with peers in your industry over a meal or a drink. The Sharing Knowledge Series has events all over Australia – including regional areas.
4. World Congress of Accountants – Sydney
The World Congress of Accountants is the ultimate accounting conference for industry professionals. Bringing together thousands of accounting and finance experts from all over the world, and with exhibits, presentations, practical workshops and networking and social events galore, you won’t be disappointed. This is a must-attend event for any new accountant wanting to learn from the best of the best.
5. Accounting Conference – Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
Each year, the Accounting Conference explores a different topic as it relates to the accounting industry. In 2018, it was the role digital innovation, big data and disruption is playing in the accounting profession. Here, you’ll unlock key trends, discover upcoming challenges and opportunities, and learn how to innovate in your role as a financial and business advisor.