State of Australian Cities 2010

State of Australian Cities Report 2010 was published in March 2010 by the Major Cities Unit of Infrastructure Australia.  The report puts Australian cities in an international context, and reports on their population and settlement, productivity, sustainability, liveability, social inclusion and equity and governance. It recognises that “Australia is one of the world’s more urbanised nations, …

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IAASB Proposes Assurance Standard to Strengthen Reporting on Greenhouse Gases

The Proposed International Standard on Assurance Engagements “ISAE3410, Assurance Engagements on Green House Gas Statements” (Exposure Draft) was approved for publication by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board in January 2011. Comments are sought by June 2011. Many professional accountants practise in the field of assurance on sustainability and similar reports. This exposure draft …

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Environmental Accounting in Asia and the Pacific

The Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA), in 2009, surveyed the accounting professional bodies from across the region on “the ways they are addressing the increasingly serious and complex social and environmental issues in today’s world that require the strict attention and concern of businesses and investment communities”. The report “Main Survey Report on …

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Innovative Infrastructure Leadership

Dr. Penny Burns of AMQ International and EAROPH life member, told the  National Infrastructure Summit in Regina, Canada from 26 – 28th January, 2011 that innovative asset management and financing solutions are not enough. We need innovative design to arrive at a new infrastructure that creates value, and is environmentally and financially sustainable. Listen to …

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Collaboration – How to

Dr. Robyn Keast has worked with the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth to prepare face sheets on collaboration. These fact sheets are a valuable resource and I recommend that readers extend the principles to your areas of interest.

New: International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing

The Institute of Internal Auditors has announced that the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing become mandatory from 1 January 2011. The purpose of the Standards is to: 1. Delineate basic principles that represent the practice of internal auditing. 2. Provide a framework for performing and promoting a broad range of value-added …

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IFAC’s Study 14 – Transition to Accrual Basis of Accounting – third edition issued Jan 2011

Study 14 – Transition to the Accrual Basis of Accounting: Guidance for Governments and Government Entities (Third Edition) This Study is intended to assist governments and government entities wishing to migrate to the accrual basis of accounting in accordance with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSASs). It may also assist governments and government entities complying …

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