ICAA challenges La Trobe students

La Trobe university students once again have the chance to win a career-launching opportunity of a lifetime while tackling real world business challenges, through the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia’s (ICAA) 2012 Student Challenge.   

ICAA logoLa Trobe’s history of producing socially responsible students was cemented two years ago with two Business students Jackson Oxley and John McCeel awarded first place at the 2010 Chartered Accountant Student Challenge.

The Challenge is now in its fifth year and open to undergraduate business, finance and accounting students studying at any Australian university. The 2012 Student Challenge is an online business competition that takes students out of the classroom and into the real world by applying their business acumen, creative thinking and analytical skills to a real-life business problem. 

La Trobe’s previous winners, Jackson and John, received an all-expenses-paid trip to London where they spent a week shadowing high profile Chartered Accountants from Australia and New Zealand working in the sports, entertainment and finance industries.

This year, the Institute is working alongside St James Ethics Centre and is challenging students to examine the role of ethics in a professional environment. Winners will gain an opportunity to network with high-profile industry leaders and potential future employers. They will also receive business coaching, a personal styling consultation and new corporate outfit along with multimedia equipment, and a grand prize trip to a global financial capital to shadow a senior executive. 

The Institute’s Chief Executive Officer, Lee White FCA, explained the importance for students to start thinking about their future careers and seek out opportunities to distinguish themselves while still at university. 

‘The Student Challenge is a great opportunity for students wanting a unique chance to gain real-world business experience, distinguish themselves for their professional futures, and network with prospective employers,’ said Mr White. 

2011 saw Accounting students from Melbourne University take out top prize and fly to San Francisco and receive mentoring by Robyn Denholm FCA of Juniper Networks. The question now remains; will La Trobe University students be able to reclaim the title for 2012?

The Student Challenge is open for registration until 31 August 2012.

For more information and to enter the competition, visit www.studentchallenge.com.au

About The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia 
The Institute is the professional body for Chartered Accountants in Australia and members operating throughout the world. 

Representing more than 70,000 professionals and business leaders, the Institute has a pivotal role in upholding financial integrity in society. Members strive to uphold the profession’s commitment to ethics and quality in everything they do, alongside an unwavering dedication to act in the public interest. 

Chartered Accountants hold diverse positions across the business community, as well as in professional services, government, not-for-profit, education and academia. The leadership and business acumen of members underpin the Institute’s deep knowledge base in a broad range of policy areas impacting the Australian economy and domestic and international capital markets.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia was established by Royal Charter in 1928 and today represents more than 58,000 members and around 12,500 talented graduates working and undertaking the Chartered Accountants Program.  

The Institute is a founding member of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA), which is an international coalition of accounting bodies and an 800,000-strong network of professionals and leaders worldwide. 

About St James Ethics Centre
Established in 1989, St James Ethics Centre is an independent not-for-profit organisation providing a non-judgemental forum for the promotion, exploration and application of ethics. The relief of suffering and distress is the cornerstone of St James Ethics Centre activities. Operating both in Australia and abroad, the Ethics Centre is unique for its support to the general community on ethical issues, the creation and management of public debates and the application of ethical principles to specific issues in public institutions, not-for-profits and companies.


Stephen Scoglio
Senior Marketing Officer, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law 
T (03) 9479 1604 M 0421 347 816 E S.Scoglio@latrobe.edu.au