IPA, Deakin University launch SME research initiative

The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and Deakin University have joined forces to launch the ‘IPA-Deakin SME Research Partnership’, a new research innovation to oversee the development of issues briefings, policy papers and research focused on the SME sector.

The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and Deakin University have joined forces to launch the ‘IPA-Deakin SME Research Partnership’, a new research innovation to oversee the development of issues briefings, policy papers and research focused on the SME sector.

IPA CEO Andrew Conway said the IPA-Deakin SME Research Partnership will become IPA’s research backbone for all issues affecting SMEs. 

“This is an exciting development that will strengthen the IPA’s ongoing thought leadership and advocacy supporting small business across Australia,” Conway said. 

“This will be a significant resource delivering strategic advice to peak bodies such as the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). We are also thrilled to announce that the FRC has joined the venture as a non-financial partner.” 

Deakin University’s,Head of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Professor Barry Cooper, said that the SME Research Partnership would be looking at key issues facing the SME market including taxation, governance, corporations law, self-managed superannuation, financial services and small business regulation. 

“Deakin University is very pleased to form this partnership that will ultimately deliver tangible benefits to the SME sector,” Cooper said.

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