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IPA educational credentials lifted with appointment

The Institute of Public Accountants has announced a new member will be joining its team as part of a further push of its educational leadership within the accounting profession.

The IPA said Gary Pflugrath will be appointed to the role of executive general manager of IPA program and qualifications.

He will be leading the IPA program as well as overseeing the learning and development framework of the IPA and provide further insight into its research agenda.

Mr Pflugrath was previously senior director of public policy and governance with the International Federation of Accountants.

Other past experience includes senior roles within the Reserve Bank of Australia and the University of New South Wales.

IPA chief executive Andrew Conway said the appointment of Mr Pflugrath was a significant move to continue to lift the bar on education within the profession.

“When we enhanced our professional program last year to become a fully-fledged MBA with Deakin University, it was in recognition of the need to raise the bar and ensure that members had the competitive edge in a fast-changing, professional environment,” Mr Conway said.

“Our ongoing relationship with Deakin University has also been enhanced with Gary’s appointment as Professor of Professional Practice.

“I am looking forward to working with Gary to provide the best qualification and education outcomes for our members, along with welcoming his influence in our research.”

4 thoughts on “IPA educational credentials lifted with appointment

  • September 7, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Dear CEO IPA,
    I am currently a member of IPA. I am an overseas member from Pakistan. I would like to request you to expand the network of IPA regarding education and recognition. I would like to request you to approach prestigious universities in Pakistan which are offering Accounting Degrees to recognize IPA members for their Accounting Qualifications. Make arrangements for the exemptions and adjust IPA members for degree programs same as IPA working with Deakin University. As we are from Pakistan and we can’t pay the heavy fees to Deaking University so it is hereby requested to consider this suggestion. I have been the member of IPA since Oct, 2017 and I haven’t received any benefits so far being an overseas member. Also, if you are offering memberships to Overseas Candidates then it must be noticed that how to benefit them in their home country. Arrangements must be made with local accounting bodies for the recognition of IPA members for the admission to the same level of membership.
    Thanking you,

  • September 7, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    I am IPA member and I hope that IPA and IFA should lift up it’s global image to another stage I have recently have a great talk with some of members from worldwide well-known professional body ICAI (India), MIA (Malaysia), IAI (Indonesia), JICPA (Japan), ICAP (Pakistan), CPA (Philippine), UAE (AAA), Instituto Mexicano de Contadores Públicos (IMCP) (Mexico). These are all well-known professional unable to gain full recognition with other CA / CPA Australia. I would recommend that IPA should initiate a talk with them to form a global accounting body pact and MRAs. I believe that IPA and IFA global reputation will exceed other professional body of Australia

  • September 8, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Overseas member since 2014 with MIPA status and just received invitation to become FIPA after paying more fee. So far no benefits and zero ROI. Even my application of educational evaluation for Australian immigtation to IPA Migration Assessment revealed that being IPA member has no benefit at all as the team only considered my local credentials so IPA certificate is no better than expensive toilet paper. MBA from Deaking Univ. is at par with US Univ.
    I will cancel my membership this . It’s useless and expensive to keep.

  • September 10, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    This is really a pleasure to be a member of IPA since 2012. To become a member I had the opportunity to study lot of journals as well as to know what is happening in outside world. However, as an overseas member we need more benefit or affiliation like with CPA/CA Australia that might give us to serve for any other parts of the world. It would be my pleasure to know the procedure for becoming a member of CPA Australia or is there any exemptions for being a member of IPA.


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