The future of the tax profession

Written by: The Tax Institute

Published: 15 Sep 2023


The future of the tax profession

The future of the tax profession 

The Brisbane Emerging Leaders Program was hosted in early August at the BDO office in Brisbane, as Norman Hanna from the QLD Bar presented an overview of the residency tests in Australia.

The session allowed for plenty of discussion and question time, with banter on case law and discussions on tax scenarios in the boardroom-style setting.

The Emerging Leaders program is running in Brisbane this year across four sessions from March to November, but in 2024, a refreshed version of the program will be rolled out nationally. 

The Brisbane series has been heavily female-dominated, challenging the gender scales in the tax profession. While The Tax Institute has had a history of being slanted towards males, in the younger cohort of members, we’re seeing nearly a 50/50 ratio split between genders. 

Emerging Leaders Brisbane Committee Chair, Melissa Walton, CTA from BDO enjoys being on the committee and is really hoping to increase numbers for the final session running on 8 November as the group discusses the ever-popular tax topic of Division 7A.

“The Emerging Leaders Program is specifically designed for young tax professionals, and I would encourage anyone who is interested to attend. What sets this program apart is its commitment to providing a well-rounded view of the tax landscape. The committee members carefully select presenters with diverse backgrounds, including legal and accounting expertise. This balanced approach ensures participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of taxation, based on years of experience from both a legal and an accounting perspective.

“With its intimate and discussion-focused sessions, the Emerging Leaders program not only provides participants with insightful and useful knowledge, but it also offers an opportunity to connect with other like-minded young tax professionals.”

For those wanting to attend the next Emerging Leaders event in Brisbane on 8 November, you can register here:

Other events for up-and-coming professionals  

We're excited to announce a new event in 2024 - the Emerging Leaders Convention. Watch this space for more details!   
If you are interested in joining any of the local Emerging Leader committees in 2024, please email your expression of interest to