Audit Conference 2021

Gain key insights from leading subject matter experts, regulators and fellow practitioners and keep abreast of new developments in this constantly evolving profession.

The Audit Conference 2021 is designed to equip assurance practitioners with relevant knowledge and advanced skills. Through a practical approach to auditing, the forward-looking content will focus on the new audit normal resulting from local and international scrutiny, learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic and changes on the horizon. 

Benefits of attending:

• Stay up to date with audit changes, including revised auditing standard (ASA315) 

• Gain a clear understanding of current technical requirements

• Hear the latest audit news in an evolving landscape

• See what's on the horizon with the future focused content

• Gain insights that add value to your role, organisation and career

• Learn new skills that can enhance audit quality

• Receive practical takeaways that will help you implement change 

• See real-world examples and case studies

Who should attend:

The Audit Conference 2021 is designed for audit professionals across all industry sectors and career stages, and is relevant to the following job functions:

• Auditor

• Senior Auditor

• Manager

• Senior Manager

• Director

• Principal

• Audit Partner

The informative content is particularly useful for accountants in the public practice space.

Tuesday 11 May 2021

11:00am Welcome

S1 - The new Audit normal + the lessons learned from a pandemic |Doug Niven FCA, Amir Ghandar FCA and Merilyn Gwan FCA

S2.1 - Less Complex Entities (LCEs) and other IAASB projects |Roger Simnett
S2.2 - An A-to-Z of Extended External Reporting (EER) | Jo Cain
S2.3 - Seven traits of great audit practices | Rob Pillans FCA

S3.1 - What’s new for the audits of charities and other not-for-profits (NFPs)? | Melville Yates
S3.2 - ASA 315 (revised) - New requirements for Auditors | Matthew Green and Anne Waters CA 
S3.3 - Audit quality focus – ASIC’s inspection findings | Doug Niven FCA

S4.1 - SMSF audits – what you need to know from the ATO | Kellie Grant 
S4.2 - AUASB update | Matthew Zappulla FCA
S4.3 - The business of being an Auditor | Alena Bennett CA

S5.1 - Avoid the pitfalls - insights from quality review 
S5.2 - Accounting Standards update | Alison White CA
S5.3 - Creating a truly digital audit approach through a blend of human ans artificial intelligence 

S6 - Negotiating a challenging audit finding | Petris Lapis

5:30pm Conference Close

Times listed are AEST

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Doug Niven FCA, Chief Accountant - ASIC

Merilyn Gwan FCA, Head of National Assurance Quality, Grant Thornton

Roger Simnett, Emeritus Professor of Accounting - University of New South Wales

Jo Cain, Executive Director - Materiality Counts

Rob Pillans FCA, Founder - Planet Consulting

Melville Yates, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Matthew Green, Partner - Mazars

Anne Waters CA, Deputy Technical Director - AUASB

Matthew Zappulla FCA, Technical Director - AUASB

Kellie Grant, ATO

Alena Bennett CA, Speaker | Author | Mentor | Trainer | Facilitator

Petris Lapis, Master Performance Coach | Mindfulness Practitioner

Alison White CA, Deloitte

Amir Ghandar FCA, Reporting and Assurance Leaders - CA ANZ

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The conference will be held online and offers the choice of two ticket options.


Watch the conference live online and have access to the presentations on demand afterwards. 

Livestream: 11:00am – 5:35pm AEST | 11 May 2021. A recording of the conference will be available for on-demand viewing post-event

LivLivestream + networking

View the conference with like-minded professionals and establish new relationships by joining us at a Livestream + networking event.

These informal sessions will be held in our Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide offices from 11:00am – 5:35pm AEST on 11 May 2021.

Your registration includes:

·                    Livestreamed conference on screen (main room only)

·                    Full catering throughout the day

·                    Post-conference networking

·                    On-demand access to all sessions (including concurrent sessions) post-conference

Venue address details:


Level 13, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD 4000


33 Erskine Street, Sydney, NSW 2000


Level 18 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


Westpac House, Level 29, 91 King William Street, Adelaide, SA 5000


Level 11, 2 Mill Street, Perth, WA 6000



Topic: Audit & Assurance

Sub-Topic: Auditor Liability

Format: Conference

Proficiency Level: Intermediate, Advanced

CPD: Upto 15 hours