17 October 2007

The Australian Government Recognises Accounting Professional Standards Schemes

'The Government is pleased to announce that the professional standards schemes for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (NSW), the Institute of Charted Accountants in Australia (WA) and CPA Australia (NSW) have all been recognised under Commonwealth legislation,' the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, Peter Dutton, said today.

The schemes formalise risk management practices, including continuing education and training for members, and provide transparent and detailed complaint procedures, leading to improved service delivery for consumers.

In return, members of the respective schemes have their occupational liability capped under the relevant State and Commonwealth legislation. Capped liability ensures that professional indemnity premiums remain affordable. Additionally, consumers can be more confident that they will be able to recover damages in the event of a claim because scheme members are required to hold appropriate levels of insurance.

'The overarching aim of professional standards schemes and liability caps is to maintain affordable levels of professional indemnity insurance, as well as improve professional standards and consumer protection,' Mr Dutton said.

'I commend the Institute of Charted Accountants in Australia and CPA Australia on their commitment to maintaining the highest levels of professional standards.'