Reports Presented at AGM 2023

Prof Brendan O’Connell, FCMA
President, ICMA Australia & NZ

President’s Report 2022-2023 – The 27th Year

After the lean Covid-19 years (2020 and 2021) last year in 2022 the strategies of the institute, especially with the Global Zoom Program offered by its fully-owned Syme Business School, significantly turned things around.

I am happy to report that in 2023 this momentum continued, and therefore, our Institute in its 27th year is even stronger and in stellar health, both at home in Australia & New Zealand as well as internationally.

ICMA adapted very well to the challenging post-pandemic world and has emerged stronger and more resilient by channeling its resources towards:

  • Maintaining the New Zealand Government Qualification Authority (NZQA) assessment for the CMA program as being equivalent to the highest postgraduate level (Masters)
  • Improving our website.
  • Enhancement of our member portal.
  • Holding two very successful Global CMA Zoom programs – the latest of which was attended by 150 participants from 26 countries across the world.
  • Holding regular Webinars for our members.
  • Submissions to the Government.
  • Attended industry relevant seminars and meetings.
  • Sponsoring awards at universities
  • Publishing opinions pieces and media releases on important matters.
  • Providing an electronically verifiable membership badge (certified by Credly) available to our members.


    I am pleased to report that, financially we had our most successful year on record this financial year:
  • Our revenue grew by 7% only following and membership subscriptions grew by 3% over the previous year. This growth though it does not seem significant – comes on the top of a record growth of 37% and 35% which followed Covid.
  • The current financial 2023-24 looks promising and the numbers are higher than last year. We can be cautiously optimistic of stronger growth in the years to come.

Webinars

Webinars delivered internationally from Australia were:

  • August 29, 2022 – Webinar by Ajay Unni – How to derive ROI from your cybersecurity spend.
  • Nov 9, 2022 – Talk by Adele Ferguson on the “Travails of an Investigative Journalist”
  • Nov 9, 2022 – Talk by Prof Rod Sims on the “Reminisces of a Competition Regulator”
  • Nov 9, 2022 – Talk by Don Rankin on “Professional Advice and Business Start-Ups”
  • Nov 9, 2022 – Talk by Simon Griffiths on “Who Gives a Crap about a Social Purpose”
  • April 11, 2023 – Webinar by Prof Janek Ratnatunga on “Future Proofing Indonesian Companies”

Webinars delivered internationally by Regional Offices included those from our Indonesian branch which continues to be the most proactive and dynamic one conducting an average of 2 webinars every month – during the year they conducted over 20 webinars across Indonesia in collaboration with Universities and other prominent Indonesian businesses. Besides Indonesia the Sri Lankan branch also conducted many webinars as did our branches in Hong Kong, Philippines, and Bangladesh.

Syme Business School

Syme Business School continued to organise Zoom programs for ICMA as listed above and this proved to be profitable and efficient for Syme Business School.

As a result of this, ICMA is happy to announce that Syme Business school made a profit for the third consecutive financial year in 2022-23 and is continuing to operate profitably in 2023-24. Consequently, they continue to reduce the accumulated past losses.

Publications

The eNewsletter On Target continued to be published and the web-analytics indicates that it gets on average 5,000 visits and 6,000-page views per month.

Management Accounting Frontiers (MAF) continued to be published in 2022-23. The Journal of Applied Management Accounting Research (JAMAR) which changed editorial direction in 2017 to publish peer-reviewed practice oriented applied papers for the management accounting profession, continued to publish two issues in 2022 and 2023.

Research:

Research and professional development also continued in the two organizations set up by the ICMA:

  • The Institute of Certified Carbon Analysts and Auditors (ICCAA) and
  • The Institute for the Advancement of Corporate Reporting and Assurance (IACRA).

Library

The Library now has over 12,500 texts and professional and academic publications and has now one of the best libraries in Australia in the professional areas of management accounting and risk management.

Unfortunately, the physical library has not been fully functional due to continuing work-from-home policies at ICMA (ANZ), and the physical office only being open for limited periods.

Arrangements have made to secure the use of digital library services for members via Topiau Library Services

Committees & Boards

The ICMA has a number of Committees and Boards for its Governance.

Education Committee

  • Education Advisory Board
  • Professional Education Sub-Committee
  • Continuing Education Sub-Committee
  • Academic Education Sub-Committee

Membership Committee

  • Membership Advisory Board
  • Membership Services Sub-Committee
  • Industry and Government Engagement Sub-Committee
  • Ethics Sub-Committee

Finance Committee

  • Finance, Audit & Risk Advisory Board

The Council thanks all who voluntarily served on these Committees and Boards for their time and dedication.

Services Provided by the Secretariat.

  • CPD Register: The institutes online CPD Register where members can upload the CPD they have undertaken in the assessment period.
  • CPD: Providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities to members via Calwest University in the USA and the Academy of Finance and Management Australia (AFMA). Special arrangements were made with these two organisations to provide education programs at discount prices to members due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Website: Maintaining the corporate website that is in keeping with the enhanced international profile of ICMA (ANZ).
  • Member’s Only Area: Maintaining a Member’s Only area on the website.
  • CMA Updates: Emailing monthly the Members Update, and Publishing in pdf format 6 copies of the On-Target
  • Library: Due to continuing Covid-19 restrictions, the holdings of the library could not be increased by much in terms of books. However, professional and academic publications obtained by subscriptions continued to be delivered during the year.
  • CRM: Having a world-class Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to handle the membership, invoicing, examinations and accounts.
  • Social Media: The ICMA official sites of Facebook and Instagram are now significantly enhanced and the publications of the CEO Blog continued over the year.

Membership Committee Chairman’s Report

Dr Chris D’Souza presented the Membership Committee Report on behalf of Ms Roshani Perera the Membership Committee chairman.

Membership Growth

Membership remained steady after a record growth in 2021-22

We had a 2% increase in CMAs  and 7% rise  AMA’s and a 1%  increase in the lower levels of membership (CAT/RCA/GMA)

Although membership growth is not a KPI of ICMA, which instead aims for quality by positioning itself as the only specialist professional body for senior executives with education programs at the master’s degree level, members represent the lifeblood of the Institute.

The overall membership of the ICMA now stands at approximately 12,372 members in 105 countries.

Education Committee Chairman’s Report

Prof Janek Ratnatunga, the Education Committee chairman provided an overview of the Education Program of CMA Australia. The Program has Nine Levels and in this financial year, the New Zealand Government Qualification Authority (NZQA) provided equivalency assessments for the different levels of the GMA & CMA programs.

  • Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) (Level 4 – Certificate)
  • Registered Cost Accountant (RCA) (Level 5 – Diploma)
  • Registered Business Accountant (RBA) (Level 6 – Advanced Diploma)
  • Graduate Program (For School Leavers) – GMA & AMA (Level 7 – Degree)
  • Graduate Conversion Program (For Non-Accounting Graduates/ Professionals) – GMA& AMA.
  • CMA Program (For Accounting Graduates/Professionals) –CMA (Level 9 – Masters Year 2)
  • CGBA – For Non-accounting Graduates
  • MBA, CMA program for Global Leaders
  • DBA, CMA program for Applied Research

The Program can be undertaken via:

  • University Degree (Undergraduate/Masters)
  • Recognised Provider Institution
  • Corporate In-House

Prof Ratnatunga also reported that to facilitate its educational objectives in addition to its own nine-level CMA education program, the Institute has accredited a number of universities which have master’s degree subjects that are equivalent to the CMA program. Some of these universities also provide in-house training and examinations of the CMA program. Accounting graduates can do CMA accredited units at these universities to qualify for CMA status. The details of these universities and the subjects accredited are listed on the CMA Website.

CMA Australia also has Recognised providers in Australia and in many different countries the details of which are listed on our website.

Assessments

During to Covid-19 lockdowns assessments were mainly online and digital. These proved to be much more beneficial to even students with less than 10-years’ experience (who previously had to sit written exams at a physical location).

As such the Education Committee is considering continuing with such online and digital assessments.

The online assessments are mainly assignments focused on the company that the student works in. The digital assessments are Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs).

Certificates of Proficiency

The following Certificates of Proficiency Programs were designed and offered in 2022-2023.

  • International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Risk Management (online)
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Family Business.
  • Foreign Exchange Management
  • Transport and Shipping
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Project Management (online)
  • Project Finance (online)
  • Takaful (Islamic) Insurance
  • International Business Analysis (online)
  • Logistics Management
  • Wealth Management
  • Telecommunications Pricing
  • Company Secretarial Practice
  • Crisis Management
  • Forensic Accounting and Auditing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Cross-Cultural Negotiations
  • Performance Budgeting
  • VAT Law & Practice (UAE)
  • Performance and Valuation
  • Accounting Practice (Vietnam)
  • Performance & Valuation
  • Business Valuation (online)
  • Digital Marketing (Online)
  • Pricing & Revenue Management (Online)

Membership Pathways

The Institute of Certified Management Accountant (ICMA) offers a number of membership pathways as follows:

  • University Graduates in Accounting
  • University Graduates in Finance
  • MBA Degree Holders
  • University Graduates with Non-Accounting Degrees
  • Diploma and Advanced Diploma Holders in Accounting
  • Members of Other Professional Accounting Bodies
  • Members of Other Professional Non-Accounting Bodies
  • Part Qualified Students of Other Professional Accounting Bodies
  • School Leavers
  • Academics
  • Distance Education Scholarship Program
  • Emerging Professional Scholarship Program

A motion was moved to adopt the Education Committee Chairman’s Report

Treasurers Report

Dr Chris D’Souza presented the Treasurer report.

At the last AGM I had reported that for the then current year 2022-23 the global economy was facing challenging times which had been exasperated by the collapse of the Sri Lankan economy which constitutes our 5th largest membership base. We had to come up with special measures and hardship fees to assist them. Consequently, I had predicted slower growth for the fiscal year 2022-23.

The Audited financial report placed before this meeting is in line with the expectations and despite all the headwinds we faced we have remained financially strong and recorded a small growth in gross revenue of 7% over the previous year.  A slow but steady growth is expected to continue for the current year

The Financial position of our association remains steady as we grow. The Members funds grew by 4% during the financial year 2022-23 and we expect it to keep growing steadily.

Prudent financial management has left our association well placed to confront the aftereffects of the Pandemic with an accumulated balance of members funds of 1.45 million dollars and current liquid assets current liquid assets close to that figure as seen from the Balance Sheet.

The Financial statements of the Institute were distributed to all members present and discussed. The Treasurer, Chris D’Souza then discussed the accounts in detail.

Professor Brendan O’Connell, FCMA

President, ICMA Australia