Friday 12 October
7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration

Welcome Address

8:30 – 8:55 am

The official opening of The Bookkeeper Event

Survive and Thrive in your Business Environment

8:55 to 10:00 am

Keynote: Tim Reed

The bookkeeping industry is going through an unprecedented rate of change.
Fuelled by new technology, we are witnessing a fundamental shift in the demands and expectations being placed on our members. With new demands come new opportunities.

As a Member for the Business Council of Australia and CEO of a rapidly changing publicly listed technology company, Tim Reed has a unique perspective on the challenges facing our industry. He is positive about our future.

Join Tim to find out how adopting the right mindset can arm you and your clients with the tools to not only survive this period of change, but thrive in it.

The Solutions Room - Brainstorming

10:00 to 10:15 am

ABA Directors

An interactive introduction to day two session.

10:15 to 10:45 am Morning Tea

What's New for You from the ATO

10:45 – 11:45 am

Colin Walker and Allan Gaskill

Hear from ATO Assistant Commissioner Colin Walker and his team on the most relevant up to date Tax Office initiatives impacting your clients and your business. The session will conclude with an open forum so have your questions ready.

Understanding the World of Payroll

11:45 am – 12:35 pm

Karen Vercoe & Karen Howe

Payroll is to bookkeepers like beer is to football; they are inexorably linked. Employers outsourcing payroll is a growing trend, driven by the increasing complexity, Fair Work activity and other government initiatives such as STP. Payroll is ideally suited to bookkeepers but there are rules to follow and complexities to tame. Our experts at HR Online will help us understand the increasing legal responsibility and steps you can take to mitigate it. They will also help us understand many of the complexities involved and how to deal with legislation and awards, terminations, casual employment, unfair dismissal rules, leave entitlements and much more.

12:35 to 1:35 pm Lunch

From Sporting Champion to Championing your Business

1:35 to 2:40 pm

Keynote: Alisa Camplin

Alisa Camplin is a unique and contemporary leader, juggling a dynamic portfolio of sport, business, and governance roles. You may recognise your keynote speaker from her notable effort in winning Gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics (being the first Australian female to ever achieve this).

From one challenge to another, Alisa set out to create sustainable repeat success, going on as a two time World Cup Grand Prix winner, World Champion and World Record holder, and then returning from two back-to-back knee reconstructions to deliver a remarkable Bronze at the 2006 Torino Olympics.

Upon retirement, Alisa returned to the corporate world, bringing her resilient attitude and passion to overcome any challenges faced. She held a number of senior executive titles spanning business leadership, brand strategy, sales, business development and service delivery.

Building your Client Base to Grow your Revenue

2:40 to 3:25 pm

Tanya Gray

Building a client base is one of the biggest challenges facing Bookkeepers in today’s ever-changing environment.  Explore how to effectively identify your target market and define your value proposition to help you find new clients and grow your bookkeeping practice.

3:25 to 3:55 pm Afternoon Tea

The Connected Practice

3:55 to 4:40 pm

Simon Dennis from MYOB

We live in an age of immediacy where your clients’ needs and expectations are changing faster than ever before.

Are you in a position to meet those needs?

MYOB have found that 7 out of 10 Bookkeepers and Accountants would like to offer more Advisory services if they had the time.

Join Simon Dennis (MYOB’s Head of Partnerships) as he showcases The Connected Practice – MYOB’s vision of the future, and gateway to deeper, advisory-based relationships with your clients.

Simon will showcase the latest intelligent and intuitive tools available for Bookkeepers to help you:
• grow your client base at scale
• improve client engagement
• unlock new revenue streams.
The highlight of Simon’s session is MYOB Advisor, MYOB’s first to market Artificial Intelligence advisory solution – a game changer for Bookkeepers looking to take their first steps into Advisory.

Is your Bookkeeping Business Under Cyber Attack?

4:40 to 5:25 pm

Geoff Stewart, Karen McDonald & Peter Thorp

Are you taking the right measures? Get it wrong and the risks are high …. Being sued, being fined, and putting your TPB registration at risk. Understand how to mitigate risk by attacking it from both end prevention and insurance.

MC Closing Address

5:25 to 5:30 pm
Saturday 13 October

Build the Ultimate Professional Profile - Live Bookkeeper Radio

8:30 to 9:15 am

Kelvin Deer and Peter Thorp

Your Bookkeeper Radio hosts, Kelvin Deer and Peter Thorp will host a live Radio show with special guests…… our 300+ conference delegates.

During the show we are going to draw on the expertise of our conference delegates as we craft live, the “Ultimate Professional Profile”.

Building a great professional profile is like adding an elevator into a 10 storey building.  You might eventually get there if you take the stairs, but fast track your way to the top floor with the right equipment.  Your professional profile is your elevator to the top as it can be visible in so many places and to so many people (clients, network referrers, colleagues, other professional groups, etc)

Transform your Business with Technology

9:15 to 10:00 am

Clayton Oates

The current software landscape is littered with a multitude of new software and applications that promise improved efficiency for clients. Bookkeepers are great technology adopters, therefore are ideally placed to assist clients take advantage of this new technology. This session shows you how to capitalise on this opportunity and how to become your clients’ trusted software integrators.

10:00 to 10:30 am Morning Tea

Breakout: Stream A: Why You Should Start Viewing Technology as Full-Time Employees

10:30 to 11:10 am

Trent Mclaren Practice Ignition

Building a bookkeeping business alone is hard, it’s even harder when you’re doing all of the work yourself with no support or team to rely on.
In this session, we want to show you how to structure the right technology that would allow you to be as efficient as having full-time employees in your business. By the end of the session, you’ll start to view tools and apps as full-time employees and your bookkeeping business will be booming as a result.

Breakout: Stream B: Building an A Team

10:30 to 11:10 am

Diane Lucas

Success starts with a belief. The belief to better yourself, the people you interact with, your business and your clients. Everyone’s definition of success if different but that shouldn’t prevent you from embracing the outlined formula for success. The principles discussed are generic yet powerful, so can be applied in both the business setting and to your life. Shape your future the way you want it.

Breakout: Stream A : QuickBooks and Bookkeepers - Powering the Success of Small Business

11:20 to 12:00 pm

Damien Pigott and Shaun Haque from Intuit.

Small businesses rely on their bookkeeper. Bookkeepers rely on data and reports to develop insights. QuickBooks provides the reports and data that enable bookkeepers to power the success of small businesses. In this workshop, we will provide examples of how reports and data become tools that build upon the business acumen of bookkeepers in helping to guide and advise businesses. With the strength of QuickBooks, the role of being an essential advisor to small businesses is enhanced and simplified. This workshop has a highly sought after and valuable takeaway for all attendees, time.

Breakout: Stream B - How to maximize your return from CPE

11:20 to 12:00 pm

Ian Taylor from the TPB & Sonya Farrawell from Group 314

The regulator meets the RTO to discuss CPE from both sides of the fence. From one perspective there is a regulated minimum amount of CPE and from the other the amount and type of CPE you should undertake to maximize the return to you and your business.

Breakout: Stream A: Harnessing Technology to Double your Revenue!

12:10 to 12:50 pm

Trent Innes from Xero

In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, connectivity is going from a nice-to-have to a must-have. This session will explore the shifts happening in the digital economy and the role bookkeepers can play in helping small businesses transition toward a digital system of record.

Trent Innes shares the importance of being ready for the changes and how they provide an unprecedented opportunity for bookkeepers to guide small businesses through this period of change, substantially growing their practice and double their revenue.

Breakout: Stream B: You're Armed with the BEST Resources, Let's Put Them to Use

12:10 to 12:50 pm

ABN Team

Your ABN membership provides you with the best resources, tools and templates to assist you to transform your bookkeeping business. Let’s explore the community, education and legislation elements of your ABN membership and how it can be your greatest weapon to success in your bookkeeping journey to reach your personal best.

12:50 to 1:40 pm Lunch

The Solutions Room

1:40 to 2:20 pm

ABA Directors

What are the biggest challenges facing your business right now ? Tap into over 3000 years (yes we do mean 3000) of experience to see HOW you might address these. In this collaborative session, work with your fellow conference delegates and the ABA Directors to discuss and problem solve your biggest challenges.

The Dark Side of the Moon

2:20 to 3:05 pm

Darren Hagarty

Social media has re-defined the way people connect with one another. In the business context, it can be an incredibly powerful tool but it can also be a very delicate one. In this thought provoking session, we call on a panel of experts to explore some of the issues that can derail your best laid social media plans, including staff use (and abuse), handling a crisis, managing negative comments and the blurring of online and offline identities. We also delve into a philosophical discussion of some of the destructive aspects of social media.

3:05 to 3:25 pm Afternoon Tea

MC Closing Address

3:25 to 3:40 pm

How to Find Your Joy Spot

3:40  to 5:00 pm

Keynote: Amanda Gore

You are not your mindset – but your mindset creates your life! Our mindsets are the source of everything! Understanding mindsets and mindfulness literally changes your brain and improves performance, leadership, decision making, creativity; reduces anxiety, stress, depression and reactivity; they increase energy, well being and makes you happier. This is a session not to miss and promises to have a huge impact on how you live your life!  Be ready for some joy and surprises!