The NSW Public Sector Community of Finance Professionals (CoFP) maintains an active community of finance professionals encompassing all organisations in the public sector. The CoFP commenced for NSW Government finance professionals in 2008, was extended to NSW Local Government and Federal Government located in NSW in 2019, and the Tertiary sector in 2022.
There are benefits to individual members, agencies and the sector as a whole through promoting the sector as a place to build a professional finance career. This is achieved by facilitating the sharing of best practice, providing a strategic forum for building networks and sharing access to information and resources, senior public sector staff, and job opportunities.
Our Mission is to generate and maintain an active community of finance professionals encompassing all organisations in the NSW public sector that will foster and promote the sector as a place to work and build a professional career.
Our Vision is to be recognised and valued as an integral element of accounting and financial management improvement in the public sector.
Our value proposition
The Community of Finance Professionals will operate as a collective of practitioners and interested parties to serve as a networking and self-help group, and to share information and experiences in dealing with the challenges of financial management improvement.
|Department of Education||Chair||Ross Hawkey|
|Tertiary - UNSW||Vice Chair||Libby Stratford|
|Federal - ABC||Vice Chair||Natalie Moore|
|Department of Communities and Justice||Secretary||Gary Driscoll|
|Audit Office of New South Wales||David Daniels|
|Department of Communities and Justice||Amy Wang|
|Department of Communities and Justice||Debbie Banerjee|
|Department of Customer Service||Natalie Ahamed|
|NSW Treasury||Anita Young|
|Department of Education||Jimmy Ng|
|Department of Planning and Environment||Mervyn Yuen|
|Department of Premier and Cabinet||Kimberley Taylor|
|Department of Primary Industries||Jose Besa|
|iCare NSW||Feraz Fallil|
|Infrastructure NSW||Komal Sapal|
|Resilience NSW||Brook Whylie|
|Transport for NSW||Clement Siu|
|Transport for NSW||Tamara Leizer|
|Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand||Peter Kleinberg|
|CPA Australia||Michelle Caruso|
|Institute of Public Administration of Australia||Madeleine Culbert|
|NSW Health||Viraj Fernando|
|Transport for NSW||Chiraag Bhalla|
|Transport for NSW||Sophia Reyes|
Joining our community
Membership is available to any person actively engaged in NSW public sector finance and accounting. This includes those working within NSW state government, NSW local government and federal government agencies located within NSW, as well as the tertiary sector located in NSW.
Our Community was created to better promote the New South Wales public sector as an employer of choice for finance professionals, and to retain those people in the sector. Our advisory panel supports the Community to meet this goal.
The Community provides channels for communication, information-sharing and problem solving. It does this via the voluntary CoFP Board running activities and events, operating this website, including emails, and social media communication.
The CoFP run five free member events each year. These events are all held online, and where available, hybrid with in-person capacity. Venues are spread across the Sydney CBD, Western Sydney and regionally. We also run several Beans for Bean Counters local discussion groups. Events are recognised for CPD (continuing professional development) by our sponsors (CPA Australia and CAANZ).
Upcoming events are notified to our members via email.
Our event slides are placed on our LinkedIn page at the conclusion of each event (where speakers endorse).
May 2022 - Blockchain
- Scott Waller + Dean Yates, EY
- Steve Vellas, Blockchain Australia
March 2022 - Sustainability in Accounting
- Katherine Palmer, Executive Director, NSW Treasury
- Alexandra Bell, Partner, KPMG
November 2021 - Bringing our Best Selves
Karen Stein, Partner, Deloitte
October 2021 - Resilience and Recovery, a Regional Perspective
- Gary Barnes, Secretary, Department of Regional NSW
- Shane Fitzsimmons, Commissioner, Resilience NSW
- Romilly Madew, CEO, Infrastructure Australia
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