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Australia's leading Bookkeeper Event!
This year The Bookkeeper Event 2022 is heading to the gateway of the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns in North Queensland! So pack your swimmers, your snorkel and some sunscreen and make your way to the Pullman Cairns International for an unforgettable 2 Day event!
The Bookkeeper Event will bring you two full-days of relevant content that is designed to help you at your current stage in your bookkeeping journey, and to accelerate your business going forward! In addition to the high value content you will receive throughout the conference, you will also hear from an excellent line-up of speakers.
The Bookkeeper Event includes multiple software exhibits, giveaways, evening events to socialize with your peers, and plenty of networking opportunities.
Take advantage of multiple networking opportunities offered over the duration of The Bookkeeper Event!
Good news for BAS agents – accumulate over 11 hours of Continued Professional Education (CPE) just from being at The Bookkeeper Event 2022!
The most relevant content & latest industry updates.
We will bring you an incredible line-up of speakers, to make for an unforgettable conference. Hear from the industry experts on a range of relevant topics.
There will be plenty of time to socialise at The Bookkeeper Event, with the Thursday night cocktail party and of course the Saturday night event – including dinner, drinks and the very best entertainment!
Explore new products and services offered by a range of exhibitors, including software houses, that will help you expand your business, all under the one roof.
Please note that tickets DO NOT include accommodation, breakfasts, flights or travel costs or Friday night dinner arrangements.
There are a number of cafes, restaurants and in-room dining available at Pullman International Cairns for your convenience;
Cairns also has many cafes, restaurants and bars located just a short walk from the hotel, so you can get out and explore all that Cairns has to offer.
Josie is a multi-award-winning executive coach, international speaker, author, master facilitator and seminar leader. An expert in her field, Josie is one of the few internationally certified master coaches in Australia (MCC). She has been awarded the Gold Stevie Award for Maverick of the Year in 2014 & 2015, International Coach of the Year for three consecutive years, and was a Telstra Business Woman of the Year State Finalist. Josie has shared the stage with top motivational speakers on the global speaking circuit, appearing on radio and talkback shows, and has been featured in national magazines and newspapers.
Josie is passionate about helping people unleash the full force of their potential, achieve greater levels of fulfilment and create more sustainable ways of living, working and being.
Her coaching is a catalyst for achieving momentum, action, measurable results and self-mastery. She is passionate about inspiring others to see the world with a more profound sense of awareness, compassion, and love.
Having survived cancer twice, most recently a brain tumour in 2010, Josie is devoted to sharing the learnings from her experiences for the improvement of the lives of others. She supports people in overcoming their fears and self-limiting beliefs, encouraging them to connect with life and powerfully express their authentic selves. Josie is also the Ambassador for Childhood Cancer Support, an NFP organization that provides complete support services to children receiving treatment for cancer in Brisbane and their families.
An avid learner, Josie has completed her Master's studies in the Neuroscience of Leadership and recently co-authored a new leadership book: The Wise Advocate – The Inner Voice of Strategic Leadership, which was listed as one of the top CEO books for 2019.
Lisa McInnes-Smith is in the top echelon of inspirational speakers on shifting attitudes and improving performance. She inspires people to embrace this new business environment and step up their personal performance level to deliver significant business outcomes. In recognition of the impact she has achieved, Lisa is the first Aussie to be inducted into the International Speakers Hall of Fame, after having presented to more than 2½ million people across thirty countries and authored seven bestselling books.
Lisa has been instrumental in transforming people’s lives and careers through her highly interactive keynote presentations. Our conference journey with Lisa will be an unforgettable experience where we are challenged to embrace a new way of thinking about, and seeing, our current world. Lisa will not only inspire us to change but will show us simple and practical ways we can improve our attitude, behaviour and performance.
After years of connecting with corporations and business people, Lisa knows what it takes for people to change - to change direction, change attitude, change behaviour and change outcomes. She is a passionate communicator who is recognised around the world as a performance expert, applying the principles of Human Performance and Sport Psychology to inspire elite personal performance.
Chontelle Weyman is Director of Single Touch Payroll (STP) Employer and Intermediary Engagement at the Australian Taxation Office.
Chontelle has 16 years’ experience in tax administration working in operational teams and on priority projects, with a number of years focussing on initiatives at the forefront of the ATO’s digital strategies and initiatives.
Chontelle has spent 7 years with STP program working on the design and policy and is now focussed on supporting employers and their intermediaries to transition to STP Phase 2 reporting.
You are going to love what Clayton has to share with you; a passionate and engaging communicator who speaks around Australia (and internationally) in a practical style based on his 30+ years of Accounting & Business experience.
Recognised as a Leader* in Accounting Technology and applying it to Small Business, Clayton helps Business Owners / Operators and their Advisors implement practical solutions that enhance business performance.
(*) Top Leader (2015-2020) in the Accounting & Bookkeeping Technology Profession by USA CPA Practice Advisor
|With over 20 years of experience in small businesses, Damien oversees a team of HR Specialists, Client Managers, and IT Developers and to provide Cloud-based HR software and HR advice all around Australia. He works closely with Franchise Groups, Bookkeepers and Small Businesses to learn and understand business and provide a unified HR solution. He holds qualifications in Human Resources and Information Technology (Business Systems).|
|Lauren Cox is an internationally certified coach and founder of Wholehearted Journeys. She brings her unique experience as a physiotherapist and university lecturer to her workshops and webinars - layering science, heath and wellness. She loves creating experiences to empower people with knowledge and skills to make changes in their life, and continue to learn and grow.|
A sought-after presenter for many leading tax, accounting and legal associations, Matthew also regularly presents for financial institutions, investment houses and insurance companies both in purely technical areas for advisers as well as more practically focused sessions for clients directly.
In recent years, leveraging of the extraordinary business success that Matthew has enjoyed and the ideation, creation and successful launch of a ground breaking new business model, Matthew shares knowledge in a number of ‘adjacent’ areas to his strict legal discipline.
|Daniel West relocated to Australia to join MYOB in September 2020 as the Chief Sales & Support Officer following sixteen years of working in Silicon Valley.??Daniel previously worked for?Oracle where he was responsible for defining, building the operational foundation and executing the go-to-market strategy for a Global Business Unit. He was also responsible for creating market awareness and pipeline, developing new opportunities to enable customers and improving customer retention.?
Prior to his role at Oracle, he built and led go-to-market, sales operations, enablement and channel functions at companies like Salesforce.com, Infoblox, Mercury Interactive, HP Software and Informatica.?
Hank has had an extensive and varied business career. As well as holding a senior management position in a Top 100 company, in a previous role Hank also bought and sold numerous businesses in a wide range of industries. This experience has given Hank unique insight into business and finance matters generally, and project management skills that are second to none.
?Due to his life experience, Hank is mindful of the immense personal distress business owners go through when a business falls into financial difficulty. After establishing de Jonge Read in 2006 Hank has been passionate about delivering comprehensive advice for individuals and company directors experiencing financial distress. His high level of empathy and excellent project management skills make Hank ideally placed to assist clients through difficult times. He always strives to achieve the best possible outcome for clients and key stakeholders when navigating the insolvency framework.
?Hank’s genuine care, clear communication and straightforward advise has guided thousands of business owners in the most effective way possible through restructuring, asset protection and insolvency strategies
|Kerrie Jarius is a registered practising BAS Agent and is a passionate advocate of the bookkeeping industry. As a co-founding director of the Australian Bookkeepers Association Kerrie is involved in representation of BAS Agents to the Australian Taxation Office and is currently the co-chair of BASAAG. Kerrie has been involved in the consultative process of both STP1 and STP2.|
Peter is one of the founding principals of ABN. He is also a director of ABN BAS and has been a Chartered Accountant for well over 25 years. In addition, Peter is the founding director of PT Partners, a respected Brisbane-based accounting firm.
Peter is ABN's representative in various industry arenas, including those convened by the Australian Tax Office and Treasury where he is an active advocate for bookkeepers across Australia. Peter is the driving force behind ABN’s comprehensive PI Policy and ABN's strategic partner relationships. He is also the architect behind ABN Payroll, another offering which makes your membership with ABN unique.
Darren is one of the founding principals of ABN as well as a Director of ABN BAS. As a practising Chartered Accountant of over 20 years, he has extensive experience in the fields of income tax, capital gains tax, and GST. Darren’s tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Business and Master of e-Business.
With his unique skill set, Darren takes a leading role in ABN’s various technology platforms. He brings a rare combination of both technical expertise and innovative, strategic thinking to the ABN Team. Delivering the very best in technical and I.T. resources to ABN members is Darren’s passion.
Cassandra is a Registered BAS Agent, Xero Certified Advisor, Xero Platinum Partner and has been a member of the Australian Bookkeepers Network for over 15 years, and partners and works with other cloud based software providers to provide comprehensive bookkeeping and business solutions to SMEs throughout Australia and overseas.
She is recognised as a specialist on Xero, and has contributed to the ongoing growth and development of the software. Cassandra provides mentoring services to other bookkeepers and contributes to ongoing discussion and development of programs to increase the professionalism and evolution of the bookkeeping industry.
For those of you who arrive early on the Thursday, our major sponsor MYOB will be throwing the best Cocktail function going around!
This is your first chance to network with your bookkeeping peers while enjoying a beverage! It's been well over two years since we've all been able to get together and socalise in the one room, so we wanted to make sure you get the most out of the experience! After the workshop afternoon, come and join us to kick start The Bookkeeper Event! Toast to the year that's been and chat to your fellow bookkeepers.
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After all the fantastic speakers, networking, amazing exhibitions and soaking up the tropical atmosphere of Cairns, it’s time to dress up and let your hair down! The Bookkeeper Event Official After Party is the perfect way to finish this amazing Conference! Join your fellow Bookkeepers and the ABN team for a magical evening of food, drinks and the very best entertainment, it’s sure to be a night to remember!
As our special guest you will receive one ticket to this exclusive event, which is sure to be one of the many highlights of your trip to Cairns! Our venue for the night is Salt House! This amazing venue has the perfect location on the Cairns marina and offers something for everyone, whether that be spectacular views, amazing food and a nice spot to sit back enjoy a drink and watch the sun go down, Salt House has it all!
Often described as a “designers dream”, Salt House is glamorous, chilled-out, progressive, stylish, calming, lively and welcoming all at once. With panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding mountains; whether you are dining in the restaurant or watching the band in the lantern lit sailing bar, your experience of Salt House is sure to be one that you won’t forgot.
Please note: If you wish to bring along a plus one to The Bookkeeper Event Official After Party, separate tickets are available.
As a delegate of The Bookkeeper Event 2022, take advantage of the discounted accommodation deals for Cairns’ very own Pullman International Resort! Enjoy 5-star Cairns accommodation in Tropical North Queensland. Swim in the tropical pools, enjoy a relaxing treatment in Vie Spa or dine on the best local seafood in Coco’s Restaurant. As the official venue for The Bookkeeper Event, the Pullman International Cairns is the perfect place to book to get the most out of your stay!
Featuring a central location in the heart of Cairns, Pullman Cairns International offers guests an excellent base from which to explore the city. Guests staying at this exceptional Cairns hotel are within easy distance of Cairns Esplanade and swimming Lagoon, Pier Shopping Plaza and the Reef Fleet Terminal, making it the ideal choice for guests looking to tour the Great Barrier Reef.
As part of your ticket we have arranged for a number of rooms to be put aside for delegates as well as special discounted accommodation pricing. Alternatively should you wish to arrange your own accommodation need’s this option is also available to you.
To access the special accommodation pricing please email Pullman International: h8772-RE1@accor.com
Or Phone: 07 4050 2152
Alternate Accommodation Options:
Content is king and our sessions deliver what bookkeepers need most! Join us on 6, 7 & 8 October 2022 at Pullman International in sunny Cairns, tropical North Queensland, for two jam-packed days. Browse the full event agenda below.
1:30pm Technology Afternoon
Overview: MYOB Business – Get Good Busy with smart efficient workflows
Join the MYOB team of Leanne Berry, Chris McCormack and Sonya Prosper and deep dive into smart and efficient workflows in Banking, Intray and Reporting to help you get good busy with MYOB Business
In this session we will cover
In Tray (How many documents go into the intray each day/week/month/year?)
Overview: What is Tall Emu CRM?
An Australian stock aware CRM, that runs the whole business. Easy to use, customisable with loads of integrations including your MYOB, Xero, Exo, Shopify, Stripe, MailChimp & more. Share data across your business from one system including contacts, notes, calendar & tasks. Nurture & manage leads and sales pipeline. Have your website leads, calls or sales drop automatically into your CRM. Tall Emu CRM includes subscription & inventory management and manufacturing capabilities for businesses that sell physical goods
Built for small to medium businesses, from simple to complex, who are wanting to reduce the number of systems or be more efficient. Ideal for companies selling products, and needing to manage inventory & pick pack, ship process.
Overview: The Dext Product Showcase
Hear from Dext's Product Domain Expert as he deep dives into the full Dext Product Suite, introducing our two latest products releases; Dext Precision and Dext Commerce and latest release from Dext Prepare: Practice Insights.
Join Glenn as he uncovers the insights you need to become more efficient, make data-driven decisions and support an agile working environment. During our session Dext will be discussing:
BizCover: The background of the first fintech to tackle business insurance.
An Insurance solution for SME’s: A look behind the scenes at the technology providing access to comparative insurance for SME’s, including how to take advantage of ABN’s exclusive discount for professional indemnity insurance.
The BizCover Referral Portal: A demonstration of the technology that enables ABN members to provide a value ad to clients and earn additional revenue in the process.
5:00pm Cocktail Function hosted by MYOB
8.00am Expo area opens and registration
8:30am Opening Remarks
When it comes to feeling better about ourselves, and our place in the world, the biggest and most complex obstacle we need to manage is our mind. If we can manage that, we can adaptively handle almost anything life throws at us.
The key is in accepting the fact that while we cannot control what happens in life, we CAN control how we respond to it all. And in our response is our power to grow better and move forward.
So if you’re willing to redefine what is possible to lead and live a happier life, and you’re ready to move your life and business forward, you won’t want to miss this session.
You will learn and begin to use a proven set of tools for reducing needless stress and negative self-talk, improving your happiness and increasing positive results to build resilience capability in constantly changing environments. Look at how much change you’ve already grown through! This will up your game and sense of empowerment and resourcefulness to the next level.
Learn what the common blocks and challenges are to embracing and adapting to constant change. You will also learn practical ways to build greater resilience capability.
Bring along an open mind, willing ears and prepare to learn some useful strategies to build a solid and sustainable platform for greater happiness, success and fulfillment in your work and life.
10:40am Morning Tea
11:25am Sessions Continue
Hear from MYOB’s Chief Sales and Support Officer, Daniel West on the journey to good digitisation for your bookkeeping practice, your clients, and MYOB.
Daniel will share:
The transition to STP2 is in full swing, with increasing numbers of reports being lodged under the next phase of Single Touch Payroll.
With much more data to incorporate into your payroll reporting, the ATO wants to share the common reporting errors and mistakes to ensure you get it right for your clients.
Chontelle Weyman is the ATO Director in charge of the STP2 rollout. Chontelle joins us to share the importance of accurate reporting under STP2 and the key mistakes that are being made that could impact an employee's tax or super guarantee or their social security benefits.
1:55pm Sessions Continue
eInvoicing is the future of invoicing and a revolutionary way of doing business. It has been implemented to significant effect already overseas, and businesses have benefitted dramatically from cost savings, reduction in computer fraud and speedier payments. In this session, we will dive a little deeper and look at how the eInvoicing rollout is progressing while showing how you and your clients can make the most of the change.
The pace of evolution of all aspects of estate planning has continued to intensify in recent times.
The new normal is for trusted advisers - not lawyers - to project manage achieving estate planning solutions for their clients.
Bookkeepers can play a critical role in areas that have changed significantly, such as the:
(a) ability to structure estate plans to minimise the risk that assets will be attacked on the relationship breakdown of a beneficiary.
(b) use of enduring powers of attorney to manage superannuation death benefit nominations.
(c) testamentary trusts and excepted trust income.
This presentation will use story sharing to explore all key recent developments - and opportunities for bookkeepers including:
3:25pm Afternoon Tea
15:55pm Sessions Continue
Picture this: you've got one client who is always blaming and accusing, another who constantly needs to be saved and then an accountant who says you never do anything right. What a combination!
You may have been involved in a combination of these dynamics at work (and even at home!). It's easy to feel powerless in these situations and stuck in the drama. However, there is another way!
In this session, we will dive into Karpman's drama triangle and then learn how to shift this to a more empowering dynamic. Be ready to get interactive, have some fun and discover a framework that you can apply to all areas of your life!
4:50pm Closing Remarks
5:00pm Explore the Expo area
FREE NIGHT TO EXPLORE CAIRNS
8.00am Expo area opens and registration
8:30am Opening Remarks
Your dedicated ABA Directors sit on a number of representation boards and groups with the ATO and TPB. The Directors will give an update from these representation groups, on the latest changes and discussions which impact the bookkeeping industry.
Times “they are a changing” with businesses under increasing pressures from creditors, lenders and the ATO. Insolvency practitioners are now getting busier as some businesses fold. Maybe your client is struggling, maybe they are at risk if a major customer cannot pay, maybe they simply want to ensure they are well protected if something goes astray. This session looks at what to do when times get tough, dealing with the new ATO debt enforcement regime but also the human element in dealing with clients under debt pressure.
10:30am Morning Tea
11:00am Sessions Continue
Want to know how to help with your clients' HR?
Recruitment/Onboarding, Underperforming Employees and Terminating and how to monetise it all.
Also - some hints and tips around those tricky conversations
The power of a business (when built well) is enabling you to gain leverage by either creating more income or freeing up additional time. This session is about helping you achieve both. You already have the client and providing services to them, but did you know that there is untapped revenue-generating potential and latent demand sitting within your client base which once discovered and delivered can dramatically benefit both you and your client’s businesses.
By attending this session, you will;
13:40pm Breakout Sessions
Whether it stems from the acceptance of another’s kindness, an appreciation for the majesty of nature, or a recognition of the gifts in one’s own life, gratitude enhances nearly all spheres of our human experience - Emmons & Stern, 2013.
In recent years, an abundance of research has arisen around the practice of gratitude. The art of expressing gratitude builds resilience, changes our physiology, enhances relationships, improves our satisfaction for life and protects us against challenges. So, get ready to dive into the power of gratitude, discover the science behind this practice and how you can integrate this into your life today!
Clever use of digital solutions for clients’ year-end reporting is smart because it streamlines your EOFY workflow and improves efficiency. Importantly though, it becomes your silent marketing tool with accountants. Done well both your client and their accountant benefit from your good work, lifting your profile with both. Word-of-mouth referral from these two people is statistically your strongest source of new work. Accountant advocates are gold; they think of you first and they send you their better referrals. This session explores year-end digitisation that helps transform your client’s accountant into your advocate.
Learn about the latest updates to the QuickBooks platform designed to help bookkeepers be more efficient in processing their client data and preparing and lodging BAS. ProAdvisors utilizing Books Review within QBO for example are reporting 40 minutes of time savings per client per lodgement! Plus, you'll see Practice Management tools within QuickBooks Online Accountant which is free for ProAdvisors, that will help you better manage your tasks, your workflow, clients and your team.
3:10pm Afternoon Tea
3:40pm Closing Remarks
Let’s finish an amazing 2.5 days with a bang! Lisa brings the energy and makes you examine your own behaviour to change how you see the world. Most people are far more capable than they think. They have the capacity to be more effective and more efficient. We have tens of thousands of thoughts flashing through our brains each day! And ...... surprise ...... they are not all positive!!!
The good news is that the brain can change. Change the way people see themselves, change the way they think and what they think about, and people can be inspired to move to a higher performance level.
After Lisa’s presentation, you will leave THE Bookkeeper Event with a new mindset and ready to take on the world!
5:00pm Event Close
6:30pm Get ready to party at the event after party
Join MYOB and Dext for an afternoon hearing about the latest in tech, starting at 1pm.
More information on this event coming soon.
Our Destination for the Bookkeeper Event 2022 is Cairns! The heart of Tropical North Queensland and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage rainforests. It is a vibrant, multicultural city, known for its Coral Sea, lush rainforests, rich Aboriginal culture and beautiful scenery. Cairns has often been described as the jewel in Australia’s tropical crown and it’s easy to see why. The ideal holiday destination for locals and tourists alike with it’s warm climate and magnificent beaches it’s easy to lose yourself in the coastal charm and laid back way of life!
Cairns has something for everyone, for a relaxing time you can slow down and let the world float by with a cocktail by the pool, cruise the reef in luxury or shop until you drop! But, if adrenaline is more your thing, Cairns has you covered with Bungee Jumping, scuba diving, skydiving and a myriad of other activities available daily. Come for The Bookkeeper Event but stay for everything Cairns has to offer, we know you’re going to love the place as much as we do!
To help get you started here are a couple useful tips for your trip to Cairns!
17 Abbott Street
Cairns Queensland 4870
Phone: +61 7 4031 1300
For special The Bookkeeper Event accommodation rates call: 07 4050 2152 or email h8772-RE1@accor.com
Pullman Cairns International is approximately eight kilometres (or ten minutes by taxi) from the international and domestic airports, Uber ranks are also available.
It is easier, when travelling interstate, to fly directly to Cairns Airport. The Airport is located about 8 kms away from Pullman International, where The Bookkeeper Event is being held. See above for other transport options from the airport.
As one of Australia’s leading cloud-based accounting software providers, MYOB makes life easier for approximately 1.2 million businesses across Australia and New Zealand by simplifying accounting, payroll, tax, CRM, websites, job costing, practice management, inventory and more.
We believe in simplifying success for businesses and that means creating software that helps bookkeepers provide exceptional service to your clients. At MYOB, we offer more than 50 products and services from desktop software to cloud-based solutions meaning we help you to help businesses succeed.
Clients drive our world and we know that you don’t just work 9 to 5, so we provide a range of services to help you with all our products, when you need the help.
MYOB values the important work that bookkeepers do every day. Bookkeepers are the lifeblood of business in Australia and that is why we are thrilled to be the major sponsor of The Bookkeeper Event 2022 organised by ABN. We look forward to seeing you there!
MORE EXHIBITORS COMING SOON!
Can I get a refund if I cancel my registration?
There are no refunds or credits issued if you are unable to attend the conference or if you change your mind. If you are unable to attend due to COVID, please see our Terms and Condtions. Substitutions are permitted, however, if you are unable to attend and would like to substitute someone in your place. If this is the case, please advise ABN of the name of the delegate attending in your place.
Can I pay off my conference ticket in instalments?
Unfortunately, ABN does not have the facility to offer payment plans. All conference tickets must be paid for in full at the time of booking.
Can I buy a conference ticket for one day only (Friday or Saturday)?
Unfortunately we’re unable to offer single-day tickets. As The Bookkeeper Event ticket prices are calculated on fixed costs, these costs don’t reduce if you don’t attend certain parts of the event. Thus, all conference tickets are for the entire event.
Are there any accommodation deals if I stay on-site at the conference venue?
Yes. The Pullman International is offering a reduced rate to delegates of The Bookkeeper Event. You can contact Pullman International Cairns on 07 4050 2152 or email h8772-RE1@accor.com to book your accommodation. Please note: rooms may sell out prior to the event, we strongly encourage delegates to book early to avoid missing out.
Do I have to stay onsite at the conference venue?
No. You can stay anywhere you choose. For convenience many delegates opt to stay onsite at the conference venue. There are many hotels in and around the Cairns area and you may find you can secure a good deal through one of the popular third-party booking websites. Regardless of where you stay, please be sure to book your accommodation early to avoid missing out.
Can my ABN Conference ticket price be reduced if I don't attend the Saturday night function?
We encourage all delegates to attend the Saturday night function. It is not only a fun evening but an excellent networking opportunity. If, however, you are unable to attend the Saturday night function, your conference ticket price cannot be reduced. The Bookkeeper Event ticket prices are calculated on fixed costs, and these costs don’t reduce if you don’t attend certain parts of the conference.
What happens if I get COVID and can't attend?
Please review the COVID section of the Terms and Conditions.