Forensic Accounting Workshops for CAANZ

Forensic accountants are highly skilled in analysing and preparing financial information for a court of law. Forensic Accounting is a field that requires a combination of accounting, auditing, law and investigative skills and knowledge.

As part of the requirements to become a recognised specialist in Forensic Accounting, the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University in partnership with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) is offering either an eight-week online course and 2-days face-to-face intensive workshop in the form of a set of modules covering the requisite knowledge with the application of theory to practice.

The face-to-face workshops and online course have been built specifically to meet the needs of CA ANZ members who want to become specialists in forensic accounting, recognised for their advanced skills and knowledge in niche areas of their profession. The 2-days face-to-face workshop were offered in Sydney and Melbourne and both workshops and online course consists of the following four modules:

Module 1 - Forensic accounting and the legal system

Module 2 - Investigation engagements

Module 3 - Loss and damage and other dispute engagements

Module 4 - Forensic accountants and the court

CFO Forum

To engage and strengthen the relationship with the industry leaders, CFOs network and to demonstrate thought leadership, I regularly organise CFO Forum for the Department. The CFO Forum aims to provide a dynamic platform for business leaders to network and develop strategies and new ideas in addressing challenges in the business environment via closed discussions and presentations. The Forum also seeks to create a conducive environment for engagement between business and academia and generate opportunities for businesses to draw on the research expertise of our academics. The past CFO Forums are:

Topic: Women in Accounting and Finance Leadership – Challenges and Expectations  

Date: May 2018


  • Elizabeth Crouch, Deputy Chancellor, Macquarie University
  • Alison Gatt, Assistant Auditor-General, Financial Audit at the Audit Office of NSW
  • Helen Wiseman, Non-executive director of international enterprises and mining companies, Mentor, Businesswoman
  • Christine Oliver, Partner, Ferrier Hodgson
  • Professor Martina Linnenluecke, Professor of Environmental Finance, Macquarie University

Topic: Hype to reality - Can blockchain’s transformational impact reimagine the role of the CFO?

Date: October 2017


  • Pip Wyrdeman, Office of the Cyber Security Special Adviser, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Michael Aaron, IBM Australia
  • Martin Mane, Director, Australian Tax Office
  • Varan Meguerditchian, General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Standards Australia

Topic: Emerging Cyber Threats: Challenges and Future Landscape for CFOs?

Date: February 2017


  • Dr Sally Ernst, Co-Founder, Australian Cyber Security Network
  • Professor Michael Johnson, Scientific Director, Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub,
  • Lee White, CEO, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand

Topic: Expectations of the CFO by the CEO and Board

Date: November 2016


  • Chris Mamarelis, CEO, The Whiddon Group
  • Julie Garland McLellan, Boardroom Specialist

Topic: Tax Transparency

Date: April 2016


  • Neville Mitchell, Chief Financial Officer, Cochlear
  • David Watkins, Tax Partner, Deloitte
  • Michael Crocker, Tax Leader, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Dr Catriona Lavermicocca, Macquarie University

Topic: Next Generation Leadership - Challenges and Expectations

Date: December 2015


  • Claire Madden, Social researcher and next-gen expert, McCrindle
  • George Stavrakakis, Education Director, Microsoft Australia
  • Dr Marcus Rodrigs, Lecturer, University of Newcastle
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