The 19th One Stop Update for the Accountant in the Public Sector

Supporting government action to influence outcomes

26 - 27 Mar 2018Te Papa, Wellington
Event Details


Registration and coffee
Welcome from the Chair
Sharon May, Director of Corporate Planning and Reporting, Inland Revenue
The One Stop CFO Interview – Leading finance teams to partner with the business
  • Maintaining capability within budgetary constraints
  • Evangelising removing inefficiencies and streamlining processes      
  • Heralding a talent growth strategy
Matthew Needham, Chief Financial Officer, Housing New Zealand
The One Stop Economic Update – Exploring the economic landscape for 2018

This year’s One Stop Economic Update takes a deeper dive into the economic variables impacting NZ businesses, the social landscape and international trade.   

Michael Gordon, Senior Economist, Westpac
Morning break
Case Study – Making data available for measurable outcomes: Treasury’s Information Capability project
Paul Helm, Head of Government Finance Profession and Chief Government Accountant, The Treasury New Zealand
The One Stop Taxation Update – The top 10 trends on tax
  • The latest with PAYE and GST
  • What’s on the horizon with the government’s revenue strategy
  • The IRD’s Business transformation programme and what it means for public sector accountants
Robyn Walker, National Technical Director - Tax, Deloitte | Sarah Kennedy & Associate Director – Tax & Deloitte
Lunch break
The One Stop Communication Masterclass - Selling your vision and goals to key stakeholders
  • Deliver your message with clarity, assertiveness and influence
  • Use versatility and flexibility to address the differing audience agendas and needs
  • Assess and prepare for a new leadership mindset and culture changes
  • Laying the groundwork for message acceptance
Penny Holden, Master Facilitator, The Performance Consultant
Update from the GCDO’s office: Creating an environment for New Zealanders to thrive in a digital world
  • Transforming to a citizen-centric government
  • What is ‘government as a platform’ and what does it mean
  • Using data and information to push for public outcomes
  • Update on NZ government’s digital transformation efforts (including cloud, block-chain, and AI)
Graeme Osborne, General Manager – System Transformation: GCDO office, Department of Internal Affairs
Afternoon break
Assessing the impact of technology and social media within employment law

This year, we discuss legislation affecting employment law plus best practice for employment policies and areas of risk for employers within:

  • Bullying and the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015
  • Protecting business information and contacts, including the use of LinkedIn
Charles McGuinness, Principal, McGuinness Employment & Health and Safety Law
Collaboration models with government to influence social and environmental outcomes

Gain insights from Conscious Consumers’ work across government and the citizen to influence social and environmental outcomes:             

  • Creating sustainable public-private partnerships
  • Creating a resources-sharing model with a quality focus
Ben Gleisner, CEO and Co-founder, Conscious Consumers
Summary remarks from the Chair & Networking drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
The One Stop Accounting Standards Update – Financial Reporting Update for Public Benefit Entities (PBEs)
  • Recently issued accounting standards impacting public sector PBEs
  • Current public sector accounting standards in development
  • Future Work Plan of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB)
Aimy Luu Huynh, Project Manager - Accounting Standards, External Reporting Board
Approaching budgeting and forecasting from a project management mindset
  • Creating processes to remove “buffers” within budgets
  • Streamlining communication channels to avoid competition for funds
  • Keeping focus on organisational strategic goals
Graham Scott, Director, GS Scott & Associates
Morning break
Beyond process efficiency – key considerations in the adoption of service excellence and the improvement of outcomes
  • Moving to a service excellence model with the public as the customer
  • The crucial role of the finance professional in the adoption, governance and application of continuous improvement
  • Maintaining a balance between people engagement in improvement initiatives and BAU
  • Transcending inter-agency and department boundaries on continuous improvement programmes
Darcy Mellsop, Director, ci lab
How information overload is an opportunity and not a threat
  • Applying critical thinking to information received from various sources
  • Using technology to sift through volumes of information
  • Rising above one more information source – pitching your idea to stand out from the crowd
Sara Brownlie, Managing Director , Fargher Woods Limited
Lunch break
The One Stop Excel Masterclass – Excel tips and tricks to take you through 2018
  • Collaborating across teams with Excel
  • Creating real-time, on demand, timely reports aimed at various user groups
  • Using advanced filter options to analyse and sort data
  • Key points to watch out for when accessing Excel from the Cloud
Brent Knauf, Senior Trainer, Auldhouse
Afternoon break
Maintaining resilience and productivity in adversity
  • Building capability and resilience within teams
  • Navigating through technological change and business model disruption
  • Proactively anticipating future challenges and making provisions in the present
Gaynor Parkin, Founder & CEO, Umbrella & Registered Clinical Psychologist
Closing remarks from the Chair & Close of conference
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