May 2022

Global war for talent

Delay of 3-5 years before immigrants, international students and seasonal workers return to pre-pandemic levels?

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: Australian Accountant, australian accounting, immigration, labour shortage, Offshoring, Outsourcing

Despite the Australian borders being open, there has been an unremarkable number of new immigrants flooding into Australia, with an indication that Australia might not be winning the competitive global war for talent. There are indications that there is a slowdown in offshore visa processing, with older and more experienced workers being discouraged and an out-of-date priority jobs list. There …


May 2022

cybersecutiry for accounting firms

How Australian Accounting Firm Owners Are Managing Cybersecurity Challenges in the Post COVID-19 World

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: Australian Accountant, australian accounting firm, cybersecurity, Outsourcing, Post-COVID

Impact of COVID-19 on cybersecurity The global pandemic significantly intensified fraudulent activities as many people become more vulnerable to cyber threats while working remotely. According to the Annual Cyber Threat Report 2020-21 from Australian Cyber Security Centre, there were over 67,500 cyber-attacks reported, an increase of nearly 13 per cent from the previous financial year. During the fiscal year 2020-21, …


May 2022

Inflation to affect wages and wage growth

We Live in Unsettling Times: Inflation To Affect Wages and Wage Growth

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: Australian Accountant, australian accounting, inflation, Outsourcing, wagegrowth

Headline inflation in 1Q22 rose to 5.1% and this is the highest inflation rate since 2001.  Yesterday the RBA surprised many punters by raising the interest rates by 0.25%. There is now discussion of increases in wages increases between 3 and 4 percent.   At the same time, the central forecast for 2022 is for headline inflation of around 6 …


Apr 2022

The Great Resignation Continues, 44% of Australian Workers Are Looking for a New Job

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: Accounting Firms, labour shortage, Outsourcing, The Great Resignation

The Great Resignation, also known as the “Big Quit”, continues to be a challenge for Australian businesses in the near future. A recent survey from Elmo Software found that up to one-third of Australian employees believe that they will only stay with their current company for up to 18 months. Some alarming results from the survey: 44% of Australian workers …


Apr 2022


Return-To-Office Full Time Is Not Happening Anytime Soon

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: Outsourcing, Post-COVID, Remote working, work from home

Close Contact Isolation Rules Currently, all Australian states and territories require close contacts to isolate for seven days from the last time they were in contact with someone with COVID-19. According to the Department of Health, over the past week, there have been an average of almost 40.5K new cases reported each day with 396.3K active cases. Based on an …


Sep 2021

Australian CEO’s looking offshore to resolve skills shortages

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: COVID19, labour shortage, Outsourcing

It was recently reporting that the CEO’s of Australia’s biggest companies are struggling to hire IT specialists, engineers and teachers because of locked borders and skills shortages. At the same time, the 260,000 shortfall in overseas students who have failed to arrive due to locked borders has led to falls in rentals for student accommodation of up to 25 percent …


Jun 2021

Blog double trouble for Australian accountants

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: Australian accountants, Foreign Workers, labour shortage, Outsourcing

CPA Australia recently released an article on Australia’s reduction in migration numbers, commenting the effects are likely to last for years to come. For Australian accounting firm owners, there are going to be 3 main impacts: Many Australian businesses are going to struggle with finding Australian based workers, with a likelihood of wages growth going to cut down margins in …


Jun 2021

Australia lacks workers

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: labour shortage, Outsourcing

In an interesting opinion article last week, businesses across Australia are battling labour shortages as the economy lifts out of the Covid slowdown. Many of the shortages are easily understandable with the lack of working tourists being unavailable with the cessation of international travel, along with restaurants closing a couple of days each week due to lack of staff partly …


Jun 2021

Australian compliance: the flight to quality offshore

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: Australian accountants, australian accounting firm, australian compliance outsourcing, australian outsourcing expert, offshore, offshore teams, Outsourcing, outsourcing partner, outsourcing quality, Remote working

For the past decade Australian accountants have been hearing of digital transformation, automation, data scraping and a dozen other terms that were on one hand labour saving, and on the other hand job threatening. For some, it’s been about as interesting as watching paint dry. Even with Covid-19 forcing the shift to at-home work, the resulting innovation has not resulted …


Mar 2021

APES 305 Disclosure accounting outsourcing

Are you ready to disclose your Australian accounting outsourcing: 1 July 2021 APES305

By: Odyssey Legislation
Tags: apes 305, australian accounting, Disclosure, Outsourcing, terms of engagement

APES 305 sets the standards in respect of Terms of Engagement for Members in Public Practice in the provision of quality and ethical Professional Services to Clients. In December 2020 a revised APES 305 was released with a mandatory requirement, effective 1 July 2021, to disclose material outsourcing. In section 3.6 Where a Member in Public Practice will utilise Outsourced …