CPA Spillers - an advocacy group for concerned members of CPA Australia

Dear CPA Members

Over the past year we have witnessed an unprecedented governance meltdown at our professional association – CPA Australia. Although the Board has now been refreshed, there is much to do to restore CPA Australia’s reputation.

We invite you to join 4,000 other Spillers in playing a role in this transformation, by putting your name and vote to necessary constitutional and governance changes that will ensure what happened in the past can never happen again.

This member advocacy group is coordinated by a team of concerned members whose objective is to bring CPA members together and give us a voice and a vote in the transformation of our association.

We call ourselves “Spillers” because our group began life as a petition to Spill the Board of CPA Australia, after the reputational and operational damage to members became untenable. As our numbers built, and our lobbying intensified, we achieved what we set out to do: the exit of all remaining Board members.

With our goal of removing the Board complete (as at 31/12/17 when the last 2 remaining directors resign) our attention is now focused on holding the new Board to account in delivering the change we expect.

At the time this group began:
  • 7 of our Board Directors had resigned within 3 weeks of each other, and yet none were prepared to work together or separately to move a vote of no confidence in the Board;
  • The remnants of the Board then announced an ‘independent review’ and should have stood down the CEO on full pay pending the outcome of that review; instead they parachuted him out of the organisation with their full endorsement and a $4.9m payout;
  • CPA’s leadership had attempted to mute concerned members by shutting down important member-to-member communications such as the “Find A CPA” function and details of our Divisional Councils and Representative Councils on the CPA website, and blocking the CPA Australia Members Group on LinkedIn;
  • The Board had also relocated the Annual General Meeting from Australia to Singapore, making it prohibitive for most members to attend and voice their concerns;
  • Despite continued refusals by the Board to disclose Director and Executive remuneration, this information was eventually released after 100 members submitted a s202B disclosure request;
  • This remuneration disclosure revealed Director and executive salaries well over the market rate for comparable not-for-profit associations, and beyond Constitutional remuneration limits, and was accompanied by the resignation of the Board Chairman;
  • Around the same time, Public Practise members became aware that CPA’s Professional Standards Scheme would not be renewed by the PSC Council, as a result of the CPA Advice strategy approved by the Board;
  • This meant that CPA’s Public Practitioners would no longer have access to limited liability protection and would need to change their letterhead to comply with trade practices requirements;
  • Meanwhile, the CPA Advice business has burned through a $20m of our membership monies that were “loaned” from CPA Australia, seemingly with no prospect of recovery.
The Interim Report issued by CPA’s Independent Review Panel has validated member concerns and it is critical that major reform of our association now take place.

On behalf of all Spillers, we will monitor the progress of CPA Australia’s new board in the lead up to the 2018 Annual General Meeting.  And we’ll continue to share initiatives that individual Spillers are leading to improve transparency, engagement and governance at CPA Australia.

If you are a member of CPA Australia, we invite you to join us by completing your details below.

And if you have something to contribute, please sign up here and send your suggestions to CPAResolutions@gmail.com
 
Contacts:
Jen Dalitz, CPA – tel 0414 647 382
Glen Hasselman, CPA – tel 0433 431 118
Andrew North, CPA – tel 0412 504 828
 
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