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Working on the 2015 FTA Congress has been a big part of my year. So let me share with you why I consider the FTA Congress remains Australia’s premier annual event for Treasurers and financial risk management professionals …

For technical content, professional networking, and career inspiration this program can’t be beat. … Further, I would argue that we have the strongest speaker group ever!

In 2015, our plenary speakers include current and former ASX100 CEOs, a former Ambassador, a Professor, global and local economists and senior non-executive directors.


For professional networking, and technical content, FTA’s annual Congress is Australia’s premier annual event for Treasurers and corporate finance professionals. … But I know some of you attend simply to be inspired by your peers about what you can achieve with your career.

FTA’s 28th Annual FTA Congress will feature a corporate case study in every session reinforcing our theme, “Progressive Treasury – Adding Value in the Business”.

In 2015, leading economists will set the scene on each day before we hear from treasurers about how they are actively meeting the challenge to transform their practices, processes and teams.

All delegates to Congress will have the (difficult) choice of three-streams across two days. ….And buy-side delegates will be privy to even more with two closed treasurer sessionsbook-ending the Congress.


Dear Colleagues,

FTA Annual Congress program available – check it out!

FTA’s Congress Committee, events team and yours truly have been working overtime to bring to you a program which is the most non-financial corporate focused in years. In fact, it features a corporate case study in every session.  In a program true to theme of Progressive Treasury – Adding Value in the Business” there are a series of detailed presentations from treasurers on how they add value working alongside colleagues in the business.

Moreover, it features in plenary sessions two leading key notes who are former corporate treasurers and who have forged successful latter careers as ASX 50 CFOs before being promoted to their current roles as listed company CEOs. Both are still supportive members of our Association. These fine gentlemen are Mark Hooper FFTP, CEO Sigma Pharmaceuticals, and Peter Gregg FFTP,  CEO, Primary Health Care. Both will be able to provide insight into “making the transition from treasury to the c-suite” and a professional risk manager’s perspective on the challenges faced by Corporate Australia.


Dear Colleagues,

As shortish Comment today, as last Friday we sent you a special CEO message with a video encouraging you to attend or send a staff member to FTA’s Fundamentals of Treasury Operations Conference in Sydney, Friday August 7th.

In case you missed the video, please go to the Conference home page: www.foto.ftasecretariat.com.au
We have since added our speaker group, and welcome:

  • Peter Lai , Director, Rates Product Management at Thomson Reuters who will address CVA & DVA calculation issues, and
  • Sam Wilson, Operations Accountant at Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has joined the Head of Treasury Operations panel.

Key points in case you missed them:


Dear Colleagues in Finance and Treasury,

Another productive couple of weeks for the Finance and Treasury Association, and the FTA Secretariat.

Website – new features
Presentations from the Essential Treasurer and our last two webinars, plus many other treasury best practice papers and FTA submissions are now available to FTA members in our new Member-only content section.


Hi Folks,

Working with partners from all parts of the sector, FTA offers PD and training relevant for all stages of your career in treasury.

FTA Secretariat has been busy over the past fortnight bedding down our next two events and new training options via FTA.

Professional Development
Webinar – “Financial Reporting Update for Treasurers – What are the 3 key requirements you need for effective reporting this year?” Thursday 25th June 2015, 12.30pm – 1.15pm AEST. Free to FTA members.
Register here


Corporates can have a say on industry rate benchmarks

Corporations and their treasury/corporate finance teams need reliable, robust and frequent benchmarks against which they can confidently set pricing, make independent valuations and measure performance. The so-called LIBOR rate rigging scandals, followed by evidence of bank-rigging of the FIX fx benchmark has undermined the confidence of benchmark users in offshore jurisdictions. Based on responses to an industry survey conducted in 2013, most corporate treasurers in Australia reported using local benchmarks such as BBSW, not IBOR benchmarks, and reported a relative comfort/satisfaction with existing benchmarks. Now given the ASIC inquiry announced in 2014 into alleged manipulation of BBSW is now receiving more media coverage, those numbers may have shifted.