About CPA

CountCPA Australia's origins date back to the 1880s when the Incorporated Institute of Accountants, Victoria (Victorian Institute) was established as a result of a meeting of 80 practising accountants in April 1886. Their aim was to form an association with others of the profession that would increase its standing in the eyes of the public.

This body formed the basis of the current organisation, with its name changing to the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants in 1990 and then to CPA Australia in 2000.

The CPA body provides accountants with support and a set of guidelines for members to follow to ensure that clients are given fair and proper treatment by the member accountants.

In order to maintain membership as a CPA each accountant must undertake a sufficient level of professional development each year – ensuring that all member accountants are keeping their skills and knowledge in line with any changes that may affect them or their clients.