One Stop Update For the Accountant in the Public Sector

Essential updates to help public sector accountants deliver the best

3 - 4 Aug 2020Te Wharewaka O Poneke, Wellington
Event Details

Agenda

8.30
Registration and coffee
9.00
Opening remarks from the Chair
Ron Stuart, Director, Strategy and Transformation, GT Insights
9.10
Economic Update: Outline of the NZ economy and the policy environment that businesses are operating in

This presentation will discuss key growth sectors, labour markets, monetary and fiscal policy along with some challenges and risks for the rest of 2020 and beyond.

  • The composition of the NZ economy and sectoral contributions to GDP
  • Risk and opportunities in the current market environment
  • Update on the labour market, wages, inflation and unemployment
  • Monetary policy update and implications for policy from the impact of Coronavirus
  • Fiscal policy and Government role under a recessionary cloud
Harshal Chitale, Associate Director, Economics and Finance, PwC
9.50
Digital capability transformation for accounting departments within government
  • Capability transformation for accounting departments within government
  • Updates on automation, AI and digital processes
  • Maturity in direction, operating model, people, customer, infrastructure and data
  • The direction of government finance IT approaches
Ron Stuart, Director, Strategy and Transformation, GT Insights
10.30
Morning break
11.00
What wellbeing means for accountants and what we can learn from other countries: Survey results
  • Results of studies of Wellbeing for Future Generations Act in Wales
  • Why we need stronger wellbeing measurements in the Living Standards Framework
  • What types of wellbeing are we seeing incorporated by government agencies?
  • Integrating wellbeing into reporting
Dr Rodney Dormer, Adjunct Research Fellow - School of Accounting and Commercial Law, Victoria University of Wellington
11.40
How changes in the Public Finance Act enhance openness, accountability and transparency
  • Understanding how updates on financial reporting can help prevent and detect corruption
  • A look at the role of internal audit committees
  • Measuring the impact of government on living standards
Suzanne Snively ONZM, Chair, Transparency International New Zealand
12.20
Lunch break
1.20
Achieving financial sustainability across the public sector through improved liquidity supporting New Zealand's recovery
  • Evaluating the growing demand and costs connected with government services and social care provision post Covid-19 outbreak
  • Assessing Local Government's response to additional liquidty, at the same time not over-extend their financial positions
2.00
Case study: Innovations in integrated reporting
  • The integrated reporting story in New Zealand and its impact so far on various public sector entities
  • Integrated reporting and integrated thinking: Is it a symbiotic relationship and what should come first?
  • Integrated reporting and statements of service performance: Variations on theme or something quite different
  • Lessons learnt from offshore: Some surprising research outcomes to be mindful of
2.40
Digital transformation - It's not just 'moving to the cloud'

This session will cover how organisations can embrace the transformation opportunities that converged technologies bring: Faster, cheaper, and much more effective for your people.

 

Alex Bouma, Chief Executive, Optimation Group
3.20
Afternoon break
3.40
Communication skills for accountants
  • Using a strategic communication plan to manage upwards
  • Responding supportively in times of stress and uncertainty
  • Maintaining cohesive, high-performing teams with a mix of office and home based staff
Keith McGregor, Director, Personnel Psychology New Zealand
4.20
The CFO interview: Q&A insight into leadership of finance teams
  • What does strong public sector leadership look like
  • How can we prepare the next generation of accountants for the demands of a modern workforce
Lara Ariell, Chief Financial Officer, Inland Revenue
5.00
Summary remarks from the Chair & Networking Drinks
9.00
Welcome back from the Chair
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN PUBLIC SECTOR ACCOUNTING IN 2020?
9.10
The One Stop Accounting Standards Update
  • Recently issued accounting standards impacting public benefit entities (PBEs)
  • The IPSASB’s exposure drafts on revenue and non-exchange expenses
  • Other public sector accounting standards in development
Anthony Heffernan, Director of Accounting Standards, External Reporting Board
9.50
Panel: The impact of climate change on public sector accounting
  • The implications of climate change related financial risk for local government entities
  • How climate change can impact on the funding of local government initiatives
  • Clarification of risk reporting under the Zero Carbon Bill
Mark Baker-Jones, Special Counsel – Climate Change, Simpson Grierson
Wendy McGuinness, CEO, McGuinness Institute
10.30
Morning break
11.00
The Public Finance Act and the evolution of government financial management and reporting
  • Where is public financial management reform headed?
  • How can the needs of citizens best be met?
  • Reporting in a more comprehensive and integrated manner
Professor Ian Ball, Professor of Public Financial Management , Victoria University of Wellington
11.40
The One Stop employment law update

Updates on hot topics including:

o   Domestic violence leave

o   Parental leave

o   Privacy legislation

o   Trial periods

  Developments in privacy and employment including:

o   Covert recording

o   Facial scanning

o   Corona Virus – employee and employers rights

 

Georgie Todd, Associate, Meredith Connell
12.20
Lunch break
TIPS, TOOLS, TRENDS AND TAKEAWAYS HOW TO MAXIMISE YOUR PUBLIC SECTOR ACCOUNTING THIS YEAR
1.10
Making appropriations meaningful and easier to administer
  • Creating appropriation structures that are meaningful, efficient to administer and reduces risk
  • Clearly telling your organisation’s performance story and contribution to the living standards
  • Understanding the link between appropriations and strategy
Jason Webber, Infrastructure and Finance Practice Lead, MartinJenkins
1.50
The One Stop Excel Masterclass
  • Update on Microsoft Excel tools, tips and tricks enabling better public finance management in 2020
  • Which digital tools are incoming, and what you should know about them
  • Rethinking Office 365, SharePoint, Teams and Power BI and where they are headed in terms of use by public sector accountants
Danny Bedingfield, Trainer, Ace Training
2.40
Afternoon break
3.00
Resilience for public sector accountants

Understand what’s distinctive about your profession, how to best mitigate the impacts of COVID and take away tips and tools so you can manage change successfully.

  • Defining and building skills in resilience
  • Building resilience for COVID and change agility
  • Developing tactical calm
Sandy Hall, Consultant, The Resilience Institute
3.30
One Stop Taxation Update: what’s happening in tax
  • Exploring recent changes to GST
  • Analysing the impact of recent changes to employment taxes and allowances
  • What’s next on the tax reform agenda?
  • Updates on other proposed reforms
Robyn Walker, Partner, Deloitte
4.00
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
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