Improve the quality of your accounting practice and make quality reviews easier
The expert quality assurance consultant for accounting firms in Australia
Craig Allen, FCPA CA
With decades of experience in quality assurance, Craig can help your firm meet practice standards and pass quality reviews, including by preparing compliant APES 320, APES 325 and ASQM1 manuals.
Craig was a quality assurance reviewer for CPA Australia for 16 years, and a past member of its Board of Quality Review and Public Practice Committee. He is currently a mentor for the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) mentoring program.
Craig has helped more than 500 accounting practices in Australia as a quality assurance consultant or quality reviewer.
More importantly, Craig has been in public practice for more than 30 years. This gives him a full understanding of the challenges faced by all practitioners – not only in their day-to-day operations but in meeting the quality standards set by their respective accounting bodies.
Craig is a member of all three professional bodies
Craig is an expert on quality assurance practices for the three major professional bodies: CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Follow these links for overviews of each organisation’s quality assurance programs:
Best Practice Program
Quality and Practice Review Program
Public Practice Quality Assurance
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Our packaged services have helped hundreds of accounting practices of all types and sizes, from sole practitioners to multi-partner firms.
For Accounting Practices preparing for a quality review
This is a streamlined quality assurance package designed to assist and position your practice in preparation for a quality review. We’ll spend about 90 minutes interviewing you, gathering all necessary information, and then developing your complying APES 320, ASQM1 and APES 325 manuals.
For accounting practices looking to improve their overall QA system and prepare for a quality review
The deluxe package is the complete solution that most of our clients choose. It involves an on-site, in-depth review of files and your existing quality control system. We provide feedback in-line with industry standards and the expectations of your accounting body, helping you improve your quality standards and quality system to achieve best practice.
For accounting practices that have already been reviewed and need help
This quality assurance solution is for accounting practices that need help resolving issues encountered in a quality review. We will help you resolve these issues, advise on best practices, and improve your overall quality control system.
For accounting firms looking for a regular quality practice consultant
We will act as your external quality control manager and consultant. We’ll establish effective quality assurance guidelines, regularly review your files, and maintain your practice’s compliance with APES Board requirements and those of professional bodies. This specialised service saves practices from hiring a full-time or part-time employee to oversee quality systems. We provide this service on a contract basis.
For Accountants looking to buy or sell a practice
Whether you plan to buy or sell an accounting practice, we can help with your due diligence process by assessing the practice files and ensuring that the practice is compliant with current quality standards. This provides buyers with helpful information for their purchasing decision and allows sellers to sell their firm at a higher price.
WHY USE A QUALITY ASSURANCE CONSULTANT?
We can save you time and headaches by:
- Providing expert independent advice to help you improve areas of your accounting public practice, before it is scrutinised in a quality assurance review
- Preparing compliant APES 320, ASQM1 and APES 325 manuals
- Significantly increase your chances of being a compliant practice - Ensuring your quality control system meets the mandatory standards
- Eliminating the need for a full-time or part-time employee to oversee your practice’s quality control system
ARE YOUR QUALITY ASSURANCE MANUALS UP TO DATE?
COVID-19 EFFECTS ON QUALITY ASSURANCE MANUALS
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed how businesses operate. These changes can impact the quality standards of your public practice, especially if you have remote staff. It is critical and mandatory that you align your APES 320, ASQM1 and APES 325 manuals with your firm’s current work practices and risk profile.
ARE YOU READY FOR ASQM1?
Accounting practices providing any level of audit and assurance services– regardless of size– are required to comply with the Auditing Standard ASQM1 starting 15 December 2022.
Thank you for your assistance with preparing these manuals, as well as your other advice throughout this process. Your assistance has been invaluable, and the quality of the materials prepared has been excellent. I will refer other practitioners to you as the opportunity arises, as there are many more professionals that could benefit from the work you do. Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience arising from making these final changes at such short notice.
Thanks again for all your great help & advice. I will be sure to recommend your services should any of my colleagues find themselves in a similar situation to myself in the future. All the best
Guy N MillerB.Com, CPA, Tax Returns Online
Simon NielsonEllenbrook TAX & ACCOUNTING
Simon NielsonEllenbrook TAX & ACCOUNTING
Harold PragCPA Principal in Public Practice
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