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                                                                                                                                                             ACT GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTING MASTERCLASS

DATE & DETAILS 6	                Thursday, 2 October 2008                     Challenges in Managing Reporting Issues and                                    Bernie Sheville Director, Financial Audits, ACT Auditor-General’s Office
                                                                              Accountability                                                                 Bernie is the current Director, Financial Audits in the ACT Auditor-
6 Monday, 20 October 2008                                                                                                                                    General’s Office and has been with the ACT Auditor-General’s Office
á	8:30am – 4:30pm (registration from 8:00am)                                    B
                                                                              J	 rett Kaufmann, Federal Department of Finance and Deregulation
                                                                              á	11:45am - 12:45pm                                                            since 1997. He has a wide range of experience in public sector financial
?	National Press Club, 16 National Circuit, Barton, Canberra
                                                                                                                                                             accounting and has worked in both public and private sector organisations.
	CPE Hours: 8                                                                Key topics covered:
                                                                                                                                                             Bernie is a recipient of the ACT Public Service Executive Award.
$ Member $363, Non Member $418                                                • Contemporary trends in government reporting
	Includes Course Materials, Tea Breaks, Lunch and Networking Drinks          • Reporting performance – usefulness of the current framework                  Jim Paul    Senior Project Manager, AASB International Public Sector
                                                                              • Changes required to make accounts more meaningful to users of                Accounting Standards Board technical support
PROGRAM                                                                          government information
                                                                                                                                                             Jim is a senior project manager at the AASB and technical adviser to Australia’s
                                                                              Lunch - 12:45pm - 1:45pm                                                       member of IPSASB (Peter Batten). He has spent 21 years in standard setting,
Update from the AASB on Accounting Developments
                                                                                                                                                             including 4 years at the IASB. He also has 7 years of auditing experience.
J	 olin Parker, Member, Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) and
  	                                                                           CFO Roles on Effective IT Steering Committees
  Principal, GAAP Consulting                                                  Strategic Procurement                                                          Brett Kaufmann Federal Department of Finance and Deregulation
á	8:30am - 9:30am
                                                                              J	 ndrew Garner - Partner, Ernst & Young Canberra
                                                                                	                                                                            Brett is currently Financial Reporting Branch Manager, Department of Finance
Key topics covered:                                                           	 Mark Nixon - Partner, Ernst & Young Canberra                                 and Deregulation. Brett has over 20 years experience in Commonwealth
• Adapting IFRS to the public sector
                                                                              á	1:45pm - 2:45pm                                                              public sector accounting, auditing and governance. Prior to his current role,
• Differential reporting
• Accounting for income from non-exchange transactions                                                                                                       Brett was a senior executive in the Financial Audit Practice of the National
   (AASB 1004 “Contributions”)                                                                                                                               Audit Office with clients including Telstra, Australia Post, ANL, Department of
• GAAP/GFS harmonisation                                                                                                                                     Finance, Veterans, Environment and Treasury and the Commonwealth’s
• Service concession arrangements                                                                                                                            Consolidated Financial Report. Brett was a Member of the Australian
                                                                              Afternoon Tea - 2:45pm - 3:00pm                                                Accounting Standards Board from 2003 to 2007.
• Other AASB Projects

Update from the ACT Auditor-General’s Office                                  Critique Of Existing Public Sector Accounting Practices                        Andrew Garner Partner, Ernst & Young Canberra
                                                                              J	 o be announced
                                                                                	                                                                            Andrew is a Partner in Ernst & Young’s Canberra practice and has over 18 year’s
J	 Pham, ACT Auditor-General, ACT Auditor-General’s Office
                                                                              á	3:00pm - 4:00pm                                                              professional advisory experience including 14 years experience in leading major
  Bernie Sheville, Director, Financial Audits, ACT Auditor-General’s Office
á	9:30am - 10:30am                                                                                                                                           business and IT projects from initial strategy through to delivery and ongoing
                                                                              Closing Remarks and complimentary Networking Drinks -
Key topics covered:                                                                                                                                          benefits realisation. He is a specialist in delivering technology programs and
                                                                              4:00pm - 4:30pm
• The ACT Auditor-General’s Office – its role and functions                                                                                                  projects encompassing: alignment with business strategy, project/ programme
• Recent performance audits of government activities and lessons learnt                                                                                      management, ERP Strategy and delivery, technology risk management,
• The importance of sound corporate governance                                GUEST SPEAKERS                                                                 benefits realisation and operational and performance efficiency. Andrew’s
• ACT key public sector financial reporting issues                                                                                                           prior role was to lead an Industry Technology practice for a leading global
                                                                              Colin Parker Member, Australian Accounting Standards Board                     System’s Integrator.
Tea Break - 10:30am - 10:45am
                                                                              Colin Parker, Principal, GAAP Consulting ‘Excellence in Financial Reporting’   Andrew has been a Steering Committee Member of several major IT initiatives
Update On IPSASB Projects                                                     (, is an expert in financial reporting, auditing and related   providing expert advice on risk and issue management to client executives.
J	im Paul, Senior Project Manager, AASB International Public Sector
  	                                                                           governance issues. He is a member of the Australian Accounting Standards
                                                                              Board. GAAP Consulting provides advice and training on financial and           Mark Nixon Partner, Ernst & Young Canberra
  Accounting Standards Board technical support
á	10:45am - 11:45am                                                           auditing standards, expert evidence in litigation support engagements, and     Mark is a Partner in Ernst & Young’s Canberra practice and has over 8 years
                                                                              briefings to preparers, governance and auditors on contemporary issues.        professional advisory experience. He is a specialist in public and private sector
Key topics covered:
• Conceptual framework                                                                                                                                       reforms encompassing: project/ programme management, procurement,
                                                                              Tu Pham PSM, ACT Auditor-General                                               performance improvement; corporate governance, pricing strategies, and
• Service concession arrangements
• Social benefits                                                             One of the ACT’s most experienced public servants, Tu took on the role         business risk management. He has been an Assistant Secretary (SES) within
• Long-term fiscal sustainability                                             of ACT Auditor-General in 2004. She has worked as Deputy Chief                 the Australian Commonwealth Government and has managed the delivery of
• Borrowing costs                                                             Executive, ACT Treasury, and commissioner for ACT Revenue, as well as          over $1.5 billion in transfer payment services.
• Financial instruments                                                       in a variety of other senior roles within the ACT Public Service. Tu is a
• Intangible assets                                                           recipient of the Australia Day honours-award, the Public Service Medal
• Entity combinations                                                         and has over 20 years experience in the public sector.

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