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6 tips for small business success in 2022

 

Since the arrival of COVID-19, small businesses have been faced with challenges but there are opportunities to pivot and survive.  Here are 6 tips to help.

 

 

Business Vic spoke to SME business specialist Ross Cameron from Cameron Research about the sentiment amongst business owners going into 2022, and how they are reevaluating priorities to navigate these challenges.

1. Attract and retain staff

The findings of a recent online poll by the Australian Retailers Association has shown that 50% of businesses named staff shortages as their number 1 challenge going into 2022. How can small businesses affected by limited worker availability continue to operate and move forward?

Look for recruitment support

You can register on Jobs Victoria’s online hub to post jobs and connect with candidates. Jobs Victoria can also support you with wage subsidies, recruitment support and partnerships with industries that need workers. Job Active also works with suppliers to tailor recruitment services to their needs.

The federal government is now offering visa fee refunds to entice students and backpackers who come back to Australia in the next few months. Changes being considered include isolation requirements for close contacts in certain “essential” industries and the number of hours students on visas can work in a week. We should therefore soon see an influx of international workers in the employment pool, lessening the recruitment strain for some.

Create a perse workplace

Research from all over the world tells us that persity is good for the workforce, the economy, and the community. Perse workplaces are shown to be:

  • more efficient
  • better at problem solving
  • more creative
  • more resilient in economic and financial downturns
  • to perform better overall.

Diversity promotes success, and is a critical asset for any team for resilience in a crisis. Culturally perse teams are shown to be more creative and able to solve complex tasks more efficiently than culturally homogenous teams.

The Victorian Government has established Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework, with objectives that relate to fair and inclusive employment. Social procurement prioritises creating social value from employment, and the Framework focuses on Aboriginal Victorians, Victorians with a disability and disadvantaged Victorians.

Suppliers can access support to put in place recruitment processes, pre-employment support and training on job support that align with social procurement goals and values.

Bruce Bilson, from the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, has called for family and small businesses to be age-inclusive when advertising for jobs, and to consider the benefits of mature age workers in the workplace. ‘Age persity is good for business. Older workers can elevate an entire workplace, with their knowledge, experience and transferrable skills forged over many years.’

Strengthen your organisational culture

Businesses where employees feel valued, trusted and respected not just through policies, procedures and processes, but in real-life interactions, will be the ones to attract talent.

The last two years have made many people reevaluate their workplace and job priorities. ‘The Great Resignation‘ has seen an increasing number of people wanting more flexibility and meaningful roles seeking career changes and alternative employment.

While there may not currently be widespread resignation in Victoria, a high volume of job-hopping is forecast for 2022. Small businesses can take advantage of this trend as they often offer impactful, interpersonal roles that many people are seeking after a post-pandemic shift in perspective.

2. Manage supply chain challenges

Whether you run a retail store or e-commerce, it’s likely that the widespread global supply chain issues have affected your business in some way. ‘It’s about getting stock and raw materials and getting them in a timely way. But also, there’s a lot of cost pressure around all of this,’ Ross says.

While there may not be a simple fix, there are steps businesses can take to overcome supply chain challenges and continue running smoothly.

Prepare for all outcomes

While supply chains may continue to be disrupted by factors such as climate change and political instability, there are also positive developments and creative solutions on the horizon, such as blockchain development of supply chains. The best thing small businesses can do is be prepared for all possible outcomes by staying informed and keeping customers informed, tracking and studying data and having alternative products and suppliers at the ready.

Stay informed

Supply chains can be affected by many local and global factors. Staying up to date with news affecting your industry and products will mean you can predict likely shortages and take steps to curb the impact, for example by using an alternative supplier or stocking alternative products.

Staying informed also means that you can update your customers regularly and remain transparent with them about potential upcoming and current issues with supply beyond your control. This will prepare them for any delayed shipping times.

Look into alternative suppliers

Research alternative suppliers in different locations so that stock can be maintained even if your usual supplier is unable to fulfil your business’ needs. You can also take this time to implement sustainable, long-term relationships with local providers and manufacturers as there is a movement away from wholesale supply.

Consider supply chain management tools

While supply chain management (SCM) software is mainly used by larger businesses, small businesses can use these automation tools to manage their supply chain efficiently, particularly while there are supply chain issues. You can manage supplier relationships and associated business processes, track inventory and keep an eye on shipping.

Keep track of inventory

Staying on top of your stock, what there is enough of and what needs replenishment, is vital during a supply chain crisis. While it can be difficult to balance the right inventory when supplies are low or inconsistent, you can increase your inventory by buying up as much as possible when a product is available, sourcing discounted items, seeking financing to invest in more stock or renting further storage space.

3. Embrace digital transformations

For many small businesses in particular, the pandemic has accelerated digital transformations. Ross notes that the advance further into the digital landscape, not just with online sales and ecommerce, but also in terms of internal processes, was ‘necessary and inevitable’.

‘When the lockdown period started in March of 2020, it brought on a lot of changes that business owners had in mind but may not have gotten around to doing. People have now seen firsthand how powerful digital changes in their businesses can be, so the sentiment around it is very positive.’

However, Ross’s research shows that social media and digital advertising is still seen as a pain point. ‘The constant surveillance of social media and customer service online can be exhausting.’

Streamline your systems and processes

The need for continued digital innovation encourages businesses to continue embracing new technologies, streamlining processes and automating online services. Mastering the click and collect model is an easy pivot for small businesses, providing ease of experience for customers and helping your business to remain competitive.

To manage the pressure of ‘always being on’ that comes with more online presence, digital tools such as those for content planning and scheduling are big time and stress savers. Chatbots, auto responses functions and AI tech can assist with customer service out-of-hours and building sales funnels.

Renew your digital marketing strategy

Engaging with your audience in an authentic, relevant and meaningful way will be the key for brand marketing going into 2022. Conversational marketing, personalisation and audience-focused engagement through digestible chunks of information – such as short, DIY videos (i.e., TikTok and YouTube Shorts) – are examples of ways to build trust with customers, create quality interactions, and use feedback to tell real stories that create an impact.

Build and grow your online community

To fill the gap of face-to-face customer interaction, there are more opportunities than ever to interact with your online community. Online feedback forms, social media and community management are ways that you can engage with your customer base from afar; the trick is to find ways to make this meaningful. Luckily, as Ross explains, small businesses have the edge here.

‘The personalised services that small to medium businesses are able to offer will always be attractive to customers,’ he says. ‘Bigger businesses are more about commodity output, whereas smaller businesses are less of a volume game and more about customers, which people warm to, especially post-pandemic.’

4. Adapt to working from home and the future of work

If the past two years have confirmed anything, it’s that the future is digital. The traditional workplace has given way to a hybrid model – WFH (working from home), and now a more distributed WFA (working from anywhere).

Whether or not WFA becomes the norm, experts agree that hybrid working arrangements are unlikely to change as a preference for many workers. So how can small businesses embrace the future of hybrid working, and what do they need to consider?

As Ross explains, small businesses were able to pivot very easily to WFH as they already have the tech in place. While there is an increasing expectation of flexible work arrangements, many small businesses are finding remote working unsustainable.

‘We’re now facing a situation where there’s an increasing number of business owners who want to get the band back together. Business owners feel that when working from home, you can tread water, you can break even, but you can’t really push your business forward. So, there is a view that a lot of businesses would like to at least go with a hybrid model.’

How can you balance the traditional working model of having teams together, with workers who want the balance and flexibility that comes from WFH/WFA model, without losing out on team innovation and collaboration?

Stay on top of the latest digital tools

Hybrid work digital advancements will continue, with software and hardware tools continuing to innovate to further enable remote collaboration and productivity. Business owners can keep an eye out for advancements from companies like Zoom, Cisco, Microsoft and Google. While there are plenty of tech tools and advancements available from the tech giants, there are low cost and free alternatives available from smaller businesses that might just as easily fit your business’s needs.

Offer workplace flexibility

With staff shortages in Victoria mirroring those around the country, the employee/employer dynamic is shifting towards one where employees have more say. Business owners can take this time to work with staff to figure out what works for them and identify what roles can be done remotely (social media, accounting and bookkeeping are examples).

Businesses are also free to craft their own future workspace – while it may not be WFH or WFA, it may not necessarily be in an office space either. Some are looking into workplace flexibility, such as ‘work near home’ (WNH) office hubs and coworking spaces.

5. Focus on mental health and workplace wellbeing

The effect of the pandemic has caused many people to reassess their priorities in both life and work. This has brought about a shift in workplace values, with the focus turning to wellbeing and work/life balance.

As Ross explains, managing a business and staff through two years of change and uncertainty has been at times a mentally draining and lonely task.

Communication, both between business owners and from employer to employee, has never been more important; not only to benefit from small businesses networks but to ensure that business owners and staff alike feel connected and supported.

Staff and business engagement

‘It’s really important that business owners continue to be engaged with other people,’ says Ross. ‘A lot of business owners internalise their issues to put on a brave face for their staff, for example. Staying socially engaged and networking, particularly with other business owners, reminds you that you’re not alone. It makes you feel like you’re a part of a team.’

Small business support groups and networking tools, such as Business Victoria’s Facebook group I am a business owner in Victoria, Australia, are a great way to reach out and collaborate with other small businesses going through similar challenges.

Other free wellbeing resources to check out include:

  • Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring
  • WorkSafe’s WorkWell Toolkit
  • Partners in Wellbeing Helpline

Emphasise empathy and team collaboration

While workflow tools, such as Trello and Slack, have simplified communication for employers and employees, developing effective and empathetic communication with your staff is more important than ever.

Implement support plans and practices for staff

The way that businesses respond to mental health and workplace wellbeing challenges going into 2022 is likely to impact staffing and employment. There is an increasingly high premium on workplace wellbeing, and many people are now seeking work that brings them joy and a better work/life balance.

COVID highlighted the challenges faced by working caregivers. Support to offer staff includes incorporating practices like flexible working, phased part-time and cross-training to prepare for employee absences.

6. Build resilience and plan for uncertainty

While making constant changes and improvements can be challenging, you can achieve your resolutions for your small businesses if you begin working towards them in small steps. A resilient business can adapt to disruptions and keep operating while looking after its people, assets and brand equity. You can take steps to prepare your business for disruption and build business resilience.

‘Business owners are opportunists and there are always opportunities, especially for small businesses that are able to twist and turn and adapt very quickly,’ Ross says.

Ross left us with three top tips on how small businesses can safeguard against uncertainty in 2022:

  • Keep a close eye on cash flow
  • Maintain close relationships with customers, for their support as well as their feedback and ideas
  • Keep in touch with your accountant and other possible help sources to keep abreast of what support is out there, particularly financial assistance.

Ross emphasises the importance of remembering to take care of yourself in the wake of another uncertain year. ‘If you’re stressed or feeling under pressure, know that you’re not alone. It’s so important to remember to be kind to yourself and take your foot off the accelerator every now and then to ensure you don’t burn out.’

 

Ross Cameron is the founder of Cameron Research, which he established in 1992 to research small and medium-sized businesses.

 

Source:   Business Victoria Hub.

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Accounting & Bookkeeping

Modern business demands up to date accurate financial information.

We can take care of all your bookkeeping and accounting needs, including the preparation of your annual accounts and periodic management accounts for tax, business appraisal and planning purposes.

We can also assist with meeting your reporting requirements including Business Activity Statements, PAYG Withholding and Instalment Activity Statements.

We will discuss your requirements with you and provide you with tailored information and constructive advice on a regular basis.

If you would like further information you can contact us on (02) 9300 3000 or .

Acquisitions & Mergers

Whether you are considering buying or selling a business, we are able to assist you in this transaction by providing experienced advice.

Each transaction is different and needs to be assessed on its individual merits. There are a number of accounting and taxation opportunities with these transactions and our experience can ensure you are maximising your benefits.

If you would like further information you can contact us on (02) 9300 3000 or .

Budgeting

A good budget is a necessity in a good business plan. It is one of the best business tools we have, allowing us to set financial targets and measure our performance.

In addition to goal setting value, budgets will often improve your chances of acquiring funding. Financers often require budgets as a prerequisite for funding approval.

We have extensive experience with assisting clients in the budgeting process.

If you would like further information you can contact us on (02) 9300 3000 or .

Business Start-Ups

Before commencing a new business, the following are some of the key items that need to be considered:

  • Decide on the most suitable structure for your business – sole trader, partnership, trust or company
  • Prepare a business plan, cashflow projections, budgets, and trading forecasts
  • Assess your finance requirements, advise on the best sources of finance, and draw up the necessary proposals
  • Establish a good working relationship with your bank
  • Register for a Tax File Number and an Australian Business Number with the ATO
  • Complete registration procedures with Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • Deal with company secretarial issues
  • Set up a recording system for your internal use and for complying with statutory requirements

Each new business is different and needs to be considered in relation to your individual circumstances and our experience can ensure you are maximising your opportunities.

If you would like further information you can contact us on (02) 9300 3000 or .

Charitable Institutions

Charitable institutions are set up to hold money or assets and carry out activities for the benefit of the community. In Australia, a variety of charitable institutions exist including:

  • Various forms of charitable trusts
  • Companies limited by guarantee
  • Unincorporated associations
  • Deductible gift recipients
  • Prescribed private fund

Each type of charitable institution brings with it different requirements and benefits. We know the practicalities of these institutions and are able to assist you by:

  • Co-ordinating the preparation of constituent documents
  • Applying to the ATO for an Australian Business Number and Tax File Number
  • Organising tax exemptions where applicable
  • Attending to all compliance and statutory filings

If you would like further information you can contact us on (02) 9300 3000 or .

Company Secretary

Company legislation requires businesses to perform many administration tasks which take up a lot of valuable company time.

We are able to assist you in the following areas:

  • General advice on company law
  • Company formations
  • Filing of annual returns on your behalf
  • Preparation of all documentation related to minutes and resolutions
  • Maintenance of statutory books
  • Assistance in changes of directors, shareholders, addresses, and office details
  • Bonus Issues
  • Share transfers
  • Registered Office Facility

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Financial Structures

Having the right financial structure in place for your business or your family means looking at your individual circumstances and ensuring that your assets are being maximised whilst being adequately protected.

We have extensive experience in ensuring our clients have the best financial structure for their needs both now and in the future. We can provide advice on and assist with:

  • Effective structures for asset protection
  • Effective structures for tax minimisation
  • The optimal structure through which to operate your business
  • Structures to assist in succession planning and providing for future generations

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GST

Every transaction has GST implications. We have experience with these issues and are able to offer expert advice on the implications of GST for your business. The GST related services we offer include:

  • Assistance with registering for GST
  • Filing and adjusting GST returns
  • ATO audit assistance
  • Advice on GST related issues

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Management Consulting

We are practiced in acting as a sounding board for management, bringing to the relationship years of experience in business growth and analysis.

We are able to check that your business is as competitive, focused, and profitable as it can be and we will work with you to address any issues.

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Payroll Services

We can provide a comprehensive and confidential payroll service including:

  • Administration of PAYG Withholding, statutory sick pay, annual leave etc
  • Australian Taxation Office filing
  • Summaries and analyses of staff costs
  • Administration of incentive schemes, bonuses and termination payments
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Rental Properties

We can assist in a variety of areas in relation to residential and commercial property including:

  • Advice on funding
  • Cash flow analysis of property investment
  • Guidance in tax related areas including negative gearing and capital gains tax
  • Advice on ownership structure
  • Preparation of initial land tax returns and land tax variation returns

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Strategic Planning & Advice

Our Strategic Planning Service is designed to assist our clients to develop financially towards the achievement of their lifetime objectives. Our experience and proven results provide our clients with the security that their financial goals will be met.

Wybenga Financial Pty Ltd is an organisation providing wealth creation and management services to private clients.

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Self-managed superannuation is a flexible means of saving for retirement. It allows you to take control of your superannuation, adopt a customized investment strategy and control fund administration costs.

Superannution law is a delicate area and personalised planning is required for each individual. We have extensive experience in all areas relating to superannuation and can assist in establishing a superannuation fund that will effectively allow you to reach your financial retirement goals.

Services we offer include:

  • Establishment of Self Managed Superannuation Funds
  • Advice concerning Compliance Matters
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Taxation

We offer a complete range of taxation services and advice based on proven knowledge and experience. Our proactive approach ensures we deliver a consistent service and build solid relationships.

We will work with you to help reduce your tax exposure and provide services including:

  • Advice on all areas of direct and indirect taxation
  • Preparation and lodgement of annual income tax returns for all types of entities
  • Preparation of PAYG withholding variation applications
  • Preparation of activity statements and advice on payment of tax
  • Assistance with GST/FBT obligations including preparation and lodgement of relevant forms
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Trusts

A trust provides a valuable way of protecting the assets you have accumulated for the benefit of yourself and others.  A trust can also be an effective structure for running your business.

We have extensive experience with trusts and are able to offer specialist advice on establishment and compliance, ensuring that all statutory requirements are met.

Wybenga & Partners are able to organise for the preparation and execution of documentation involved in Trust formation.

Our Trust administration service includes:

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Secure File Transfer is a facility that allows the safe and secure exchange of confidential files or documents between you and us.

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Accounting Videos

 

Chris Wybenga

B.Bus, CA

Chris is the Managing Director of the Firm who established the practice in August 1994 and has been responsible for its growth and development since that time.

Chris has over 40-years experience in the Chartered Accountancy profession, predominantly spent in small to medium sized firms, advising both small business and individuals in areas such as taxation and accounting as well as business restructuring and superannuation advice.

Chris is active in the development of young accountants both in mentoring cadets at the Firm and lecturing in taxation for the CA Program for the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • 1980 – Commenced employment and part time university studies
  • 1985 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1986 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 1988 – Registered as a Registered Company Auditor
  • 1994 – Established Wybenga & Partners (formerly known as Farrar & Wybenga)

Dianne Bechara

B.Bus, CA

Dianne is responsible for the day-to-day operations and administration of the practice.

Dianne has over 30-years Chartered Accountancy experience and has significant expertise in providing advice and solutions to high-net-worth individuals and their associated entities. Dianne also has considerable knowledge in the areas of taxation, business services, superannuation, and compliance.

Dianne is active in promoting gender equality in the industry through various programs and mentoring opportunities. Dianne is also committed to the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing her expertise.

  • 1992 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1993 – Commenced employment in acounting profession
  • 1996 – Commenced career with Wybenga & Partners
  • 1997 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2002 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Roger Potter

B.Bus, CA

Roger is responsible for the HR aspect of the Firm, cultivating the culture, and maintaining the highly social environment we pride ourselves on.

Roger has over 35-years in the Chartered Accountancy profession and significant expertise in providing advice and solutions to small businesses and high-net-worth individuals. He also has extensive experience in the areas of Self-Managed Superannuation Funds and retirement strategies.

Roger is active in the development of young accountants both in mentoring cadets at the firm and lecturing in taxation for the CA Program for the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • 1985 – Commenced employment and part time university studies
  • 1990 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney
  • 1992 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 1998 – Commenced career with Wybenga & Partners
  • 2002 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

Tess Uncle

B.Sc, M.Com, CA

Tess has over 22-years experience in Chartered Firms and in this time has had a broad range of experience in superannuation, taxation, and business services. In particular, Tess has had significant experience in MYOB and assisting clients in day-to-day bookkeeping activities and periodic reporting.

Tess is responsible for the Firm’s training and development needs.

Tess is active in promoting gender equality in the industry through various programs and mentoring opportunities. Tess is also committed to the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing her expertise.

  • 2001 – Commenced employment with Wybenga & Partners and part-time accountancy studies
  • 2004 – Graduated Masters of Commerce from the University of New South Wales
  • 2005 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2007 – Promoted to Manager at Wybenga & Partners
  • 2012 – Appointed as Associate Director
  • 2016 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

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Adam Roberts

B.Bus, B.Sc, CA

Adam has over 18-years experience in Chartered Firms and in this time has had a broad range of experience in superannuation, taxation, and business services. In particular, Adam has had significant experience in MYOB and assisting clients with periodic management reporting.

Adam is responsible for the implementation of technology in the Firm and sourcing new areas of innovation and efficiency.

Adam is active in the development of young accountants and donates considerable time to sharing his expertise.

  • 2005 – Commenced employment with Wybenga & Partners and part-time Accountancy Studies
  • 2005 – Graduated Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Sydney
  • 2007 – Graduated Bachelor of Business from the University of Western Sydney
  • 2010 – Admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
  • 2010 – Promoted to Manager at Wybenga & Partners
  • 2012 – Appointed as Associate Director
  • 2016 – Appointed as Director of Wybenga & Partners

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Accounting Cadetships

Build your career with expert guidance from our accounting cadetships program, based in Sydney NSW.

Wybenga & Partners offer accounting cadetships at our location in the CBD of Sydney NSW. You’ll receive expert guidance as you work in the industry.

  • Industry experts guiding you
  • Friendly and supportive culture
  • Modern work environment
  • Training and ongoing support
  • Convenient Sydney CBD location
  • Registered tax agents

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or send your enquiry now

    Each year we offer several school leavers or undergraduates the opportunity of beginning their career with us via an Accounting Cadetship. If you are interested in pursuing a career in accounting please read the information below. Our accounting cadetships could be perfect for you!

    What is an Accounting Cadetship?

    An Accounting Cadetship enables you to commence your career whilst attaining the necessary university qualifications by studying part-time.

    How Does It Work?

    Generally, our cadets complete a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) or Bachelor of Business (BBus) degree at the University of New South Wales, the University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, or the University of Western Sydney.

    The firm provides 3 hours paid study leave per week to attend University. This can either be taken at the one time or broken between days depending on the individual’s requirements. In addition, the Firm provides paid study leave for both mid-semester and end-of-year exams.

    We take the work life balance very seriously at Wybenga & Partners and our cadets are encouraged to have a fulfilling life outside the office. A typical day will have you arriving at the office at around 8.30am with most days concluding at 5.30pm.

    What Are the Benefits of Accounting Cadetships with Wybenga and Partners?

    Our cadets benefit from the following:

    • Career path – on completion of their degree our cadets have significant practical experience which will assist them in advancing their careers.
    • Work helps your studies – by working full-time our cadets are able to apply their practical knowledge in the university subjects.
    • Camaraderie with other cadets – the Firm has a number of cadets at various stages of their career.
    • Mentoring – cadets are paired with a senior staff member who oversees their progress and training both at work and with their studies.
    • Communication and feedback – the Firm has an open door policy which enables all cadets to interact with all members of staff including Directors.
    • Culture – the Firm promotes a friendly social culture with a number of functions throughout the year.
    • Modern environment – including ‘socialising’ areas such as pool table and break out area.
    • Training – ongoing support and technical training. We also provide internal and external training on a monthly basis.
    • Remuneration – working full-time provides a market salary and independence with salaries being reviewed every 6-months.
    • Professional registered tax agents – Wybenga & Partners are registered tax agents with the Tax Practitioners Board. We use our years of experience and professionalism to provide the best advice and education to you, helping you build your career effectively.

    What Happens When I Complete My Degree?

    The completion of your degree is the first step of what we hope to be a long and successful career with us. The next step is the commencement of your CA Program with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand whilst at the same time continuing your employment with us.

    A number of cadets have progressed to Seniors, Managers, and Directors within the firm.

    Who Should Apply?

    Current Year 12 students or first/second year University Students who:

    • want to commence their career in accountancy;
    • are due to commence or are currently completing a part-time business or commerce degree at university with an accounting major;
    • want to gain valuable hands-on experience while completing their qualifications;
    • are looking for a friendly working environment;
    • are team players who display initiative;
    • have a commitment to self-development;
    • possess excellent personal presentation and communication skills; and
    • are motivated and mature minded.

    How Do I Apply for an Accounting Cadetship?

    To apply for a Cadetship position at Wybenga & Partners send us your details. Please also include in your covering letter why you wish to do a cadetship, include relevant qualities you possess, main interests / achievements, and any previous employment.

    Interested candidates should initially forward a resume/covering letter of no more than 3-pages. Please provide full details of contact information (telephone or e-mail).

    What If I Have More Questions?

    For further information about our Cadetship program, please send your enquiry to .

    Skilled Accountants

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    Wybenga & Partners recognises and promotes that there is more to life than work. We know that your needs change and we provide support to balance your work, academic and lifestyle pursuits.

    We welcome enquires from trained accountants regarding a career with Wybenga & Partners. Please email us your details to .