CBS Industry Engagement

CBS invites high-profile visiting lecturers

Curtin Business School has welcomed several prominent speakers to give lectures on taxation and the control of public power by law. These lectures add to the industry-connected nature of our tax and law programs which thereby enhances their practical and applied focus.

The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG

Curtin welcomes prominent speakers as part of the Curtin Law School’s Prominent Speaker Series. Most recently, the Honourable Michael Kirby generously gave his time to talk on ‘Magna Carta 1215 and North Korea 2015: the control of public power by law’. The lecture captivated academic staff, students and practitioners alike as Mr Kirby drew a correlation between these two seemingly separate subjects. As the event concluded, students were able to talk directly to Mr Kirby.

Mr Peter Quiggin

First Parliamentary Counsel in the Office of Parliamentary Council (OPC), Mr Peter Quiggin, gave a taxation administration lecture where he discussed the role of the OPC and the Board of Taxation. As First Parliamentary Counsel, Mr Quiggin is responsible for drafting all principal legislation, regulations and a range of legislative instruments for the Australian government, including taxation legislation.

Mr Quiggin’s visit included a lecture on statutory interpretation, which was particularly useful in helping taxation students understand the practical challenges and considerations when interpreting complex statutory regimes such as tax legislation.

Mr Ali Noroozi

More than 80 students studying taxation at Curtin listened to Inspector General of Taxation, Mr Ali Noroozi, a speaker at the Tax Seminar Series in August. Mr Noroozi spoke about the role of the Inspector General’s Office and the new responsibilities it had assumed in May after the transfer of the jurisdiction of complaints, which were previously handled by the Ombudsman to the Inspector-General’s office.

Students gain industry experience

Courses recognised by CFA

An initiative from Senior Lecturer Dr Lee Smales in 2014 led to finance degree courses becoming officially recognised by the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, the leading global association of investment professionals. This recognition means that our courses incorporate at least 70 per cent of the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge, providing a good background for students to undertake the CFA program and enter the finance industry.

With this recognition, Curtin students can apply for a CFA Program Awareness Scholarship, a merit-based award for outstanding students. The scholarship covers the one-time CFA Program enrolment fee and reduces the CFA exam fee for those wishing to become registered professionals. Three Curtin recipients, James O’Donnell, Rhys Nairn, and Santino Romeo will join 50,000 CFA candidates around the world in preparing for the CFA Level I exam in December 2015 in Melbourne.

Finance students win the CFA Research Challenge in WA

A team of finance students put together by School of Economics and Finance Senior Lecturer Dr Lee Smales, has won the Perth round of the CFA research challenge, beating strong competition from UWA and ECU.

As the CFA Institute is celebrating its 50th anniversary, the team will fly to Chicago, funded by the CFA, to present in the regional finals in April. If successful, the team will compete at the global finals.

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis. Students work in teams to research and analyse a public trading company – sometimes even meeting face-to-face with company management.

Each team writes a research report on its assigned company with a buy, sell, or hold recommendation, and may be asked to present and defend its analysis to a panel of industry professionals.

Since the first challenge in 2002, the competition has grown to involve tens of thousands of students from more than 800 universities across 55 countries.

The successful CBS team comprised Master of Finance students James O’Donnell, Damien Gullone, Terence Meere and Kristina Blazeski; and Jake Gorman, who is  enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance).

Curtin Professor involved in high profile industry engagements relating to taxation

Professor Pinto was invited by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in WA to make a submission to the Tax White Paper via its Government and Fiscal Policy Forum, of which Professor Pinto is a member. This Forum will also be making a submission on the Federation White Paper.

Professor Pinto also recently met with the Shadow Treasurer, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, as part of a tax reform roundtable in Perth and Chaired a West Australian Business Outlook Series forum on 12 October 2015 on the topic of tax reform and red tape and regulatory reduction.