Agenda

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or discover innovative new time-saving tools, you’ll find it all at MYOB Partner Connect.

Day 1

Time Session Speaker Description
9:00am – 9:10am Opening Tim Reed – CEO, MYOB MYOB CEO Tim Reed will be on stage to personally welcome you to the biggest and best MYOB Partner Connect yet.
9:10am – 9:30am Welcome
9:30am – 10:00am Caring for our community Vicki Condon – Founder, CEO RAISE Foundation It takes a village to raise a child. As an MYOB Partner you’re empowering young people to become resilient, capable and connected - and create thriving communities of their own.
10:00am – 10:45am Keynote speaker Steve Sammartino – Futurist and Author Steve is one of Australia’s leading and most respected futurists and commentators on emerging technology. Author of MYOB’s Radar report, Steve will leave you excited about what the future holds.
10:45am – 11:15am Morning tea Grab some refreshments and check out our Expo space!
11:15am – 12:00pm Products for your practice & your partnership with MYOB MYOB All journeys are easier when you have the right support and the right tools. Your journey to becoming a Connected Practice is no different. Join us as we explore the latest developments and travel the roadmap for our Partner Solutions and the MYOB Partner Program that will help you transform your business.
12:00pm – 12:30pm New Payments Platform Adrian Lovney​ – CEO, NPP Australia Join NPP Australia’s CEO, Adrian Lovney to hear about the opportunities the New Payments Platform has introduced into the Australian payments market since its launch in February 2018.
12:30pm – 1:00pm Payments and the connected practice MYOB Every business needs to pay and get paid. With the rise of alternate payment types, the NPP and other non-bank payment solutions there are many options for your clients to choose from. Come along to hear how you can assist your clients to make the right choice and add payments advisory as part of your Connected Practice.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch Grab some refreshments and check out our Expo space!
2:00pm – 2:45pm Keynote speaker Cosentino – Illusionist and Escapologist Anything is possible if you believe in hard work and a little bit of magic sprinkled in between. Cosentino’s story of success against all odds will have you cheering for all the underdogs.
2:45pm – 3:30pm Products for your clients MYOB Clients are the life blood of your business and they certainly drive our world, which is why helping them succeed in this ever evolving online world is so important to both of us. Come along and hear all about the latest developments and what’s next with the solutions that will underpin this success now and in the future.
3:30pm – 4:00pm Afternoon tea Grab some refreshments and check out our Expo space!
4:00pm – 4:30pm STP John Shepherd – Assistant Commissioner, ATO

Dave Wilson – Capability Consultant, MYOB
All things STP covered by the ATO’s Single Touch Payroll Program Lead John Shepherd and MYOB’s resident STP expert Dave Wilson.
4:30pm – 5:00pm Fear is our future Penny Locaso – Founder, BKindred How often do you let fear stop you from pursuing something you really want? Just imagine the happiness, creativity, and innovation, that could be realised, if fear did not hold us back.
5:00pm – 6:00pm Networking drinks Expo floor Round off day one with some drinks and nibbles as you mingle with some new and some familiar faces.

Agenda subject to change 

Day 2

Time Session Speaker Description
9:00am – 9:30am MYOB Advisor masterclass MYOB Are you an accountant looking for tips to using MYOB Advisor with clients? A bookkeeper unsure of the advisory angle to take with yours? Join our product gurus as we deep dive into MYOB Advisor and play out scenarios that illustrate the endless possibilities that advisory could bring to your practice.
  Tax Tony Greco - IPA Black Economy integrity measures making their mark on additional compliance, tax gap analysis warning for advisers and the future of small business tax concessions.
  Using social media to grow your business Monica Buczynski – Social Media and Marketing Co-Ordinator, The Small Business Lounge Underutilising social media as part of your marketing strategy could be detrimental to your business. Come and learn how The Small Business Lounge have been using it to great success for themselves, and their clients.
  Value based pricing Kate Ellis – APAC Marketing Manager, Receipt Bank Value based pricing has been a hot topic for years now, but is it right for your practice? Join our panel discussion to hear the benefits of value based pricing and advice on how to implement it.
  Women in business - Personal wealth protection Leanne Berry & Mel Power Female business owners need to wear a number of hats. But when your primary concern is for your family or your clients, are you paying enough attention to your own security? Leanne and Mel will inspire you to get prepared.
9:30am – 10:00am Practice online vision: An integrated suite of practice solutions MYOB Reduced effort across every workflow. Processes that optimise the way that you want to work. It’s not a dream, it’s a vision that is quickly coming to life. Come and hear how your practice solutions are evolving to redefine efficiency in transaction processing, compliance, running your business and providing advisory services.
  The benefits of e-invoicing Robin Sands - CEO, Link 4 Why is e-invoicing relevant? Join Robin to find out what the government are doing with invoicing and why, what it means for your clients and what you need to do to be ready. 
  Value add services – effort is currency Viv Brownrigg – Co-Founder, The Gap Viv will challenge us to view effort as the new currency for accounting and bookkeeping firms. Effort will be spent on a deep commitment to clients’ achieving success on their terms. Those who spend the currency of effort will see AI and automation as the ultimate opportunity.
  What does a buyer look for when you are selling your firm and how to make it sale ready Jamie Davison – Director, Carbon Group This session will run through how you can scale your firm through M&A. Or alternatively you are looking to retire in the next 5 years will explain what buyers are looking for and what changes you can make now in your firm to make it attractive as a potential acquisition.
10:00am – 10:30am Is it time for you to start minding your own business? A better practice and a better life awaits! Amanda Gascoigne – Founder/Owner, Amanda Gascoigne You are a fabulous advisor. You have been so busy taking care of everyone’s business over the years, helping them grow their business, helping them build their nest egg and helping them achieve a great lifestyle, but how’s this all going for you?
  The future of the professional partner Matthew Addison – Executive Director, The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers are intensely involved with the Government co-design of the future of the tax profession. The Trusted Digital Identify Framework, the new ATO approach to Agents using ATO Online Services and the Government approach to modernising all the different business registers.  Find out what to expect in the very near future.
  Data privacy & the future of marketing Joel Campbell – Digital Marketing Manager, Synergy 8​ Data privacy is constantly in the headlines, and concerns about data-driven advertising are at the heart of the issue. But is anything really going to change? Joel will make a case for why it will. And what he thinks will come next.
  How to start an advisory conversation Rochelle Park – CEO, AAT​ For many, the hardest part of embarking on an advisory relationship with their clients is simply getting started. Come and discover some practical tips for taking the biggest small step you may ever take.
  Command the prices you deserve. CC’s only Mel Power & Steve Major – The Revolutionary Firm Value pricing is a hot topic and as technical people we look for formulas and methods to tell us whether our pricing is right or wrong, but there is not right/wrong or a magic formula. Value pricing is all about understanding the psychology behind WHY a customer buys and discovering what is important to them. Be prepared to throw away what you think you know about value pricing and to take on a new lens. It’s time to step forth into Commanding the price you deserve for the value you deliver.
10:30am – 11:00am Morning tea Grab some refreshments and check out our Expo space!
11:00am – 11:30am Practice online vision: An integrated suite of practice solutions MYOB Reduced effort across every workflow. Processes that optimise the way that you want to work. It’s not a dream, it’s a vision that is quickly coming to life. Come and hear how your practice solutions are evolving to redefine efficiency in transaction processing, compliance, running your business and providing advisory services.
  Bookkeeper Accountant relationship Peter Thorp – Founding Director, Australian Bookkeepers Network The relationship between bookkeeper and accountant has been evolving constantly over the past couple of decades. This session will take a warts and all look at the relationship as it was, as it is, and how it will be in the near future.
  Hiring 100 staff in 100 weeks Tasmin Trezise – Tanda Starting from nothing, Tanda have learned a thing or two about hiring and building fantastic teams. They are obsessive about recruiting great people and believe this has been the key to their success. Join them to hear their secrets.
  Unlocking new revenue streams Leanne Berry – Director, Love Your Numbers Leanne has built a number of successful businesses over the years and is constantly undertaking a process of personal development so she can satisfy clients changing needs herself. She will share her experience and advice for branching out.
  Social media workshop CC’s only Monica Buczynski – Event Manager, The Small Business Lounge Following on from her session earlier in the day, Monica will lead a hands on workshop for those CCs ready to embrace social media as a key part of their marketing strategy.
11:30am – 12:00pm MYOB Advisor masterclass MYOB Are you an accountant looking for tips to using MYOB Advisor with clients? A bookkeeper unsure of the advisory angle to take with yours? Join our product gurus as we deep dive into MYOB Advisor and play out scenarios that illustrate the endless possibilities that advisory could bring to your practice.
  Rise (not rage) against the machine CAANZ Accountants can be the co-authors of disruption instead of being the disrupted.  Listen to real world examples of practitioners who have embraced innovation by capitalising on emerging technologies to add value to their clients and develop capabilities to drive prosperity in new markets.
  The future of the professional partner Matthew Addison – Executive Director, The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers are intensely involved with the Government co-design of the future of the tax profession. The Trusted Digital Identify Framework, the new ATO approach to Agents using ATO Online Services and the Government approach to modernising all the different business registers. Find out what to expect in the very near future.
  Staying relevant Pam Chilman – Trainer, AMC Technology is changing faster than ever. There are more products, add-on services and outsourcing options than ever before… with more accountants and bookkeepers supporting them. In this climate, Pam’s secret to staying relevant has never been so relevant.
  Living the life you imagined Daniel Fogarty – CEO and Founder, Evari Good career planning starts with envisioning the life you want. You also need to be really clear on your own personal values, and your strengths; and to have an honest assessment of where you are now. Then you can build a plan for where you want to be.
12:00pm – 12:30pm Sales 101 – A formula for success Caren Hendrie – Hendrie Group Sales, we all need them, we don’t necessarily enjoy chasing them. If sales isn’t your thing, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Join Caren as she sets you up for success with some great practical steps to get you going.
  Million dollar bookkeeping practice Mel Power - Co Founder, The Revolutionary Firm Are you wondering whether you can actually get your business to hit that magic million dollar turnover mark? In this session The Revolutionary Firm will show cover the 5 fundamental principles that you need to have in place to have that create the foundation that you need in your business to be ready to hit that million dollar mark. Be prepared to be challenged in the way you think and get ready to grow!
  The performance driven firm Steve Major - Founder, Pricing Power Being in our own business is something that as firm owners, we are proud of and has often been something we have put blood, sweat and tears into.. This asset we have created has not only provided us with income, but also is something can lead us into a successful retirement. At the Revolutionary Firm, we often see many firms come to us that have achieved a successful firm, but they forget to do one thing…measure. In this session, we really help you drill down into the nitty gritty of what makes up a performance driven firm.
  Using MYOB’s app ecosystem to move into advisory Jason Forbes – Director of Sales, Spotlight Reporting The industry is changing. Automation and integration = new opportunities. Leveraging the right tools can build in efficiency and redundancy within the practice to focus on growing value add services such as Business Advisory through leveraging this interconnectedness of online data.
  The start to a more profitable, fun and rewarding practice? CC’s only Amanda Gascoigne – Founder/Owner, Amanda Gascoigne Can we challenge you to cast your memory back as to why you started your practice in the first place? Because surprisingly, it is the key to get you where you want to be. We start off with these great aspirations, do things our way for a while but before too long we revert back to those old accounting practice ways.
12:30pm – 1:15pm Lunch Grab some refreshments and check out our Expo space!
1:15pm – 1:45pm Keynote speaker Janine Allis – Founder, Boost Janine went from her kitchen bench to an international success story. BRW listed her as one of the top 15 people who have changed the way business is done in the last 25 years. Janine’s philosophy is simple – if she can do it, anyone can.
1:45pm – 2:00pm I CAN Awards Simon Dennis – Head of Partnerships, MYOB The MYOB community is proud to support the I CAN program – helping those who have experienced barriers to education or employment to kick start a career in this amazing industry of ours. Join us to celebrate this year’s graduates.
2:00pm – 2:30pm Q&A CC’s only Janine Allis – Founder, Boost Following her keynote session, Janine will be available for a more intimate Q&A session with MYOB’s Certified Consultants.
  Keeping up appearances Amanda Linton – CEO & Director, The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers When you’re busy thinking about the health of your clients businesses, or your own, it can be easy to lose track of your own wellbeing. Amanda will share her journey of hope, recovery and resilience in the face of depression, talk about what beyondblue does and how the audience can seek help or support a friend or family member who may find themselves in a difficult position.
2:30pm – 3:00pm Afternoon tea Grab some refreshments and check out our Expo space!
3:00pm – 3:30pm The Tech Imperative: Why Australian mid-market businesses can benefit from digital transformation MYOB Enterprise MYOB Enterprise have conducted new research to highlight the challenges mid-market organisations face, and identify the barriers to their growth. The results highlight the impact of the mid-market in Australia, bringing it into the spotlight and supporting their success.
  Moving from bookkeeping to a wholistic approach Brooke Arnott – Managing Director, The Small Business Lounge Brooke’s is more than a bookkeeping success story. Her journey is a lesson in adaptability, growth and triumph over adversity. Brooke’s story is sure to inspire anyone with designs to embrace change, grow their business and achieve success.
3:30pm – 3:45pm Wrap Tim Reed – CEO, MYOB MYOB CEO Tim Reed returns to round off a fantastic two days of content and get everyone charged for the following gala awards dinner!
6:00pm - 11:30pm GALA DINNER Hisense Arena Hosted by Tim Campbell, this year’s night of nights is set in the big dome of Hisense Arena, and comes with all the trimmings; a gorgeous 3-course dinner, drinks, and of course, lights, music and dancing!

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"Well done, another excellent event! I left feeling very confident about MYOB and the future."

MYOB Partner Connect 2017 Attendee