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CPA releases membership numbers as rebellion continues


In response to demands for full disclosure about the breakdown of its member base, CPA Australia has this morning released a mid-year update of its member numbers.

By Katarina Taurian2 minute read

In a communication to members, CPA Australia said its total membership numbers stand at 158,311 as at 30 June this year.


Of that, 38,858 are associate members, 13,154 are CPA fellows, and 106,299 are CPAs.

The number of voting members stands at 119,653, which includes 200 associate members who joined before 1990.

Figures as at 30 December 2016 show the bulk of members are in the Oceania region, standing at 118,131.

Asia has the next highest concentration, particularly, south-east Asia, where member numbers are at 20,080. Eastern Asia member numbers stand at 18,182, followed by Southern Asia at 1,033 and Western Asia at 518.

There are 1,098 members in the Americas, 1,715 in Europe and 131 in Africa.

Members are mostly concentrated in the 30-39 and 40-49 age brackets. Interestingly, members in the 20-29 age bracket are overwhelmingly associate members at 17,414, compared to 6,089 CPAs.

The gender breakdown of members flips dramatically as the age brackets increase. Sixty-one per cent of members are female in the 20-29 age bracket, by the 40-49 age bracket the breakdown is 50/50, and by the 60-69 age bracket, 82 per cent of members are male.

Rebel push

Members have been lobbying CPA Australia for a detailed breakdown of the membership numbers - particularly the number of voting members - for several months.

The accountant who has principally led the member rebellion, NSW-based Brett Stevenson, has been particularly sceptical of the 160,000 total membership figure quoted in CPA Australia’s 2016 annual report.

“CPA is not a secret society, we are a professional membership organisation and members should get adequate information on the membership to discern whether the sales talk of the annual report matches the reality,” Mr Stevenson told Accountants Daily.

“The goal is to develop an active and involved membership to enhance the profession and the members,” he said.

At last report, Mr Stevenson’s “fighting fund” - a pool of donated funds from disgruntled CPA members - is at $32,753.

CPA releases membership numbers as rebellion continues
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