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CPA boss knocks back ‘abject failure’ claims


CPA Australia’s chief executive, Alex Malley, has defended the remuneration of the directors of CPA’s licensing arm, paid in addition to their salaries for their work with the association, and has outlined plans for further investment and active recruitment of representatives.

By Katarina Taurian2 minute read

Yesterday, CPA Australia disclosed the remuneration paid to each director of the association and its subsidiary, CPA Australia Advice, for 2016.


For their work with CPA Australia Advice, outgoing chair Tyrone Carlin, Michele Dolin and Richard Petty received $70,000. Former CPA Australia president Graeme Wade received $100,000.

As of May 29 this year, 25 members are authorised under the CPA Australia Advice licence, an increase of 14 since October last year.

Speaking to Accountants Daily, Mr Malley said the early stages of take-up are in line with expectations, and that he had accepted from the outset growing the advice arm would be a “long game.”

He likened it to a start-up business, with a time frame of three to five years before serious traction is made.

“If we had expected 900 advisers and we got 20, then maybe we have reasons to be concerned,” he said.

“But we never had that size in mind, we knew there would be a lot of interest that wouldn’t convert immediately. But the more we are in the market… the more people realise there are some safety mechanisms in working with their own membership body, the more people will sign up,” he said.

"It's reported as if it's an abject failure, it's a long play," he added.

There is interest from members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) for CPA Australia’s Advice offering, Mr Malley said, and he believes the “interest factor” broadly has changed dramatically compared to this time 12 months ago.

While targets are conservative at this point, Mr Malley said investment in the advice arm will continue, with an eye on graduates and new starters to the RG 146 process.

“There are people that are looking for a minimal, a middle and an extensive solution, so we’re looking at those [people]. We are looking at people who might be with other groups right now,” he said.

“There's a lot of people engaged at the commission level, and so they’ve got a commission book and understandably they don’t want to give that up. To come to CPA Australia Advice you have to… give up the commission book,” he said.

“That’s a significant step to take if you’ve got established business, we recognise that,” he said.




CPA boss knocks back ‘abject failure’ claims
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