- CAs faced many challenges in 2021 as COVID-19 continued to disrupt business and communities.
- Professional networks help with work challenges, but can also provide support for personal issues.
- Post pandemic, CAs must look to how we can strengthen businesses in the long term.
2021 has been another challenging year to say the least. It was a year that saw our members lead the way, overcoming many health, work and emotional challenges that unfolded as the pandemic continued to disrupt businesses and communities.
And although the tail of the pandemic continues to have a sting, I think it’s fair to say that the collective response from you, your fellow members and our professional body is something to be proud of.
Chartered accountants have been critical in helping clients, employers and businesses rise to their challenges and opportunities, and navigate an array of government support packages and regulatory updates.
Look beyond lockdowns
The next few months are likely to bring changes for businesses, particularly for those in areas that had longer lockdown restrictions in place. The vaccination rollout coupled with the return of customers and pent-up consumer demand signals that the economy is likely to be humming again.
We, as chartered accountants, must also look to the long term, especially how we can help strengthen businesses beyond the pandemic and return them to a strong and sustainable fiscal future. We will continue to be called on to provide clarity and chart the best course of action.
Support when you need it
CA ANZ has been focused on being with our members every step of the way, building skills, connections and resilience. This year, as I battled my own health challenges after a breast cancer diagnosis, and had my own resilience tested, I found something very important during my tenure as CA ANZ’s 2021 President. I discovered the importance of support.
I have also come to appreciate the careful balancing act required to juggle family, work and health, and how much you need a network backing you.
To that end I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the CA ANZ Council, board, office bearers, CA ANZ management and employees and my many fellow members for your tremendous support and care in 2021.
I found that while your network of colleagues, employers and your professional body are here to guide you through professional work challenges, we sometimes forget until we need them that they are here for personal support, too.
For us as CA ANZ members, this can come in the form of a range of resources that CA ANZ offers, including counselling support. Our wellbeing and health have been brought to the forefront in workplaces through recent times and I do hope they remain there in years to come.
Goodbye and thank you
As the saying goes, while eventually I may forget exactly what I said or did during 2021 in my year as CA ANZ President, I will never forget how I felt – that I was supported all the way. Thank you. It has been my absolute honour and privilege to be your 2021 President.
Changes to the Code of Ethics are effective from 31 December 2021
The Code of Ethics defines the standard of behaviour expected of members of CA ANZ. The Code has recently been to incorporate changes made to the International Code of Ethics promoting the role and mindset expected of professional accountants.Find out more