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CPD In Paradise 2022 for Practising Accountants

Bringing Business To The Tropical Cairns... Holiday Paradise!

Thursday - Friday
29-30 September 2022

Shangri-la Hotel, Cairns exciting, relaxing training experience

CPD In Paradise brings business to the iconic Australian tropical holiday destination of Queensland creating a relaxing and enjoyable ... CPD Training experience? 
We get those don't go hand-in-hand. Our CPD in Paradise combines both worlds to deliver you engaging & interactive training in the Cairns... join us for an exciting, relaxing training experience.
You can even bring your family along to make your training & family holiday in one. 

Gone are the days of boring seminars...

Forget tedious sit-and-listen presentations! Escape to the tropical Cairns where our intimate and interactive training sessions will make 14 hours of CPD cruise by in a jiffy.

Learn & Unwind

We promised paradise and at the Shangri-la, it is just that. 
With access to pools, spa/massage facilities, fitness/leisure centre, a theatre and even rooftop bars - you'll even forget you're here for two days of training. 
We are offering accommodation for as low as $275 per night (2 people, breakfast included, normal rate $470/night) at the Shangri-la. You won't have to worry about travelling to-and-from the venue.

A fun family holiday right under your nose...

When was the last time you took a break? Unwind after two days of training. Stroll around the tropical city - Cairns or go for a swim around the beach at the hotel. You can even bring along your family and kids. What a great family trip!

Additional Activities

Why not bring along your family to paradise? 
The event will be held during the school holidays so why not make it a training/family trip? 
There's plenty to see and do around the area, and it will go over the school holiday period so why not make it a training/family trip?

So what are you waiting for?

Join us for an exciting, relaxing training experience

Get 14 Hours of CPD

Bringing Business To The Tropical Cairns... Holiday Paradise!

Your time in paradise also gives you access to...

When you join us, your event includes all the following so that you not only get to sharpen your professional skills but also have a good time, get to know other peers...

Day 0- 28 September (Wednesday) 2-Hour Sunset Cruise

Upon your arrival on the 28th of September, settle in and mingle with your fellows before the first day of training.
Get to know other fellows & exhibitors in the room on a tropical boat cruise. 
This activity is an additional charge not covered in your CPD in Paradise ticket. Small fees apply to join ($99/adult to cover nibbles and drinks). Max capacity is 60 pax.

Engage with renowned speakers...

Our presenters are industry thought leaders. Not only do they possess technical knowledge from decades of experience but they also know how to deliver engaging training sessions, not your ordinary tax events you go to - get spoken at and yawn...

Unwind & Relax

Between the events, you can also enjoy the beautiful pool at Shangri-la or pamper yourself with a massage...

Day 1-29 September (Thursday)3 Course Dinner + Drinks 

Unwind after the first day of training and treat yourself to a 3-course dinner (included in your ticket purchase). 
Getting to know other attendees, presenters & exhibitors. 
You have the option of bringing your family along to the dinner as well (additional fees apply)

So what are you waiting for?

Join us for an exciting, relaxing training experience

Get 14 Hours of CPD

Bringing Business To The Tropical Cairns... Holiday Paradise!

Why CPD in Paradise is for you and why you need to attend

Renowned speakers covering a range of topics 

At our CPD in Paradise event, we only have the best-of-the-best presenters speak. They are experts in their field and their presentations are engaging. It's not a sit-and-listen thing... Ask questions, spark discussions and they will look respond to you. 

14 Hours of CPD

Our training sessions will run over 2 days. But it won't feel like two days with engaging presentations and drinks & dinner included, it will breeze by in a jiffy.
You will gain 14 hours of CPD towards your training!

Paradise awaits...

As accountants, you work all year round serving your clients. You are required to attend tedious, sit-and-listen tax training days to make up your CPD hours.
You deserve a break, especially with the busy season right around the corner.
And once the event has breezed by, step out to the beautiful beaches, lively shops and restaurants, and explore what the iconic Surfers Paradise has to offer.
Bring your family along as it will be during the school holiday period and turn it into a family 'paradise' trip. 

Our Key Presenters

Been to other tax training events that you get spoken at, not being able to interact with presenters or get your questions answered?

This is NOT one of those events. 

Our presenters are industry thought leaders, they not only possess experienced technical knowledge but be able to deliver engaging presentations that make your training days interesting and interactive. 

Jo-anne Hotston

Director & Lead Trainer, TaxBytes

Topics: Quarterly Tax Update and 
Special topic:Trusts

Peter Johnson

Founder of Advisers Digest

Topics: Small Business CGT Concessions – Getting the Money Into Super
The latest in superannuation

Peter Bobbin

Principal Lawyer - Coleman Greig Lawyers

Topic: Estate Planning

Peter Adams

Principal- Augmentors

Topic: Div 7A

Sharon McClafferty

CEO - Slipstream Group

Topic: Creating and Capturing Value Let's talk about pricing, is it time for a review?

Brett Goodyer

Managing Director of Business Valuations Online

Topic: Developing Strategic Business Plans to Grow the Value of Your Clients’ Business

Chris Baskerville

Partner - Jirsch Sutherland

Topic: Small Business Restructuring: The new frontier.

Mark Richardson

Topic: Private Equity 101

More Speakers To Be Revealed...

About CPD In Paradise

CPD in Paradise is a 2-day event where you not only can complete your CPD training but also escape to the beautiful Cairns...
Our training sessions are jam-packed with speakers, who are not only knowledgable in their field but also know how to deliver engaging presentations.
Why not bring along your family and make it a family trip? Unwind and spend time with the family after the two easy-breezy training days. With plenty of things to do and see around the area, the whole family will enjoy the tropical paradise. 

Event Schedule

Day 0 - Wednesday 28 September 2022

Settle in and mingle with other attendees and presenters with our 2 hour sunset cruise (fees apply)

Day 1 - Thursday 29 September 2022

Peter Johnson of Advisers Digest will present a topic - Small Business CGT Concessions – Getting the Money Into Super

Jo-anne Hotston will provide a full quarterly tax update covering all the major changes within the past 3 months.

Following this, Jo-anne will provide an in-depth presentation covering - Trusts. Learn all about:

- More details to come

Unwind after the day's training with a quality 3 course dinner and drinks. You also have the option to bring along the family (additional members, fees apply)

Day 2 - Friday 30 September 2022

Day 2 will begin with a presentation from Peter Johnson on the topic of The latest in superannuation

Following, our guest speakers will present talks covering different topics.

Trung Vu -  Creating and Capturing Value

Sharon McClafferty - Creating and Capturing Value

Brett Goodyer - Developing Strategic Business Plans to Grow the Value of Your Clients’ Business

PLUS, More to be announced...

After the event, if you would like, you can then take the family out to see what the area has to offer! You will have the option of booking to stay until the 1st of October or longer so you can turn the trip into a family holiday

Peter Bobbin - Estate Planning

Panel Discussion, hosted by Peter Johnson

Chris Baskerville - Topic - TBC

Mark Richardson - Private Equity 101

So what are you waiting for?

Join us for an exciting, relaxing training experience

Get 14 Hours of CPD

Bringing Business To The Tropical Cairns... Holiday Paradise!

The Venue - Shangri-la Hotel, Cairns

The venue for CPD in Paradise will be Shangri-la Hotel, located right at the heart of Cairns.
With the marina view out the front, shopping mall in the building and restaurants along the marina, you'll forget that you're even at a CPD training event. 

Getting There

The nearest airport to Cairns, holiday Paradise is from Cairns Airport. There are various ways to get to the hotel from the airport:

Rental Car

If you plan to visit various places in Cairns, you can rent a car at the airport and drive to the venue. Hotel parking is also available (fees apply, enquire with the hotel).


Approx. AUD$30 each way from Cairns Airport to the hotel. Approx. travel time is 15-20 minutes. Uber prices may vary.

After The Training... Make It A Family Trip

Cairns is the perfect location to bring your family along with. After two breezy days of training, spend time the weekend with them. There's plenty of things to do as a family, whether it's simply just a great barrier reef cruise trip, helicopter ride, rainforest trip, going shopping at the many shops or relaxing at the hotel for longer. 
The whole family will be in holiday paradise!




(SAVE $1,474)

(Must be from the same firm)


  • Bring along 4 delegates for the price of 3.5
  • Full access to 2 days (14 hours) of exciting & engaging training
  • Full access to morning/afternoon tea, lunch (both days), 3 course dinner and drinks on day 1 and renowned speakers...
  • Full access to 3 course dinner on day 1

Very limited seats available!

Special Rate



(SAVE $250)


  • Full access to 2 days (14 hours) of exciting & engaging CPD at a discounted price
  • Full access to morning/afternoon tea, lunch (both days)
  • Full access to renowned speakers
  • Full access to 3 course dinner and drinks on day 1

Price will go up, book now!

We will provide you with training material including slides & papers in soft copy form.

Tickets do not include travel to the Cairns, nor travel to/from Shangri-la Hotel. You will need to arrange this.

2-Hour Sunset Cruise is charged separately, max 60 pax, first in, first served.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's your refund policy? 

Refunds are provided with 60 days notice before the event where you have purchased a full priced single event ticket. If you have purchased a 'Buy 3 Get the 4th 50% Off' ticket, no refunds will be provided as we have already reserved your spot and discounted the price.
If you booked the ticket and didn't show up, no refunds will be provided as we have already reserved catering and your spot.
If you cannot make it to the event at the last minute, you can find a replacement to attend the event on your behalf and email us so that you get all the event information on time.

Do you cater for different diets?

Yes, we cater for different dietary requirements. Our venue- Shangri-la Hotel can meet your requirements as long as you give us a notice before the deadline. 
The event also includes delicious morning/afternoon tea, lunch and a 3-course dinner. 

Am I allowed to bring my travel partner(s) / family members to the 3-course dinner on day 1?

Of course, you are invited to bring along your travel partner(s) or family members to the 3-course dinner, however there will be additional costs. For additional adult guests it will be $175 per head, while for children (ages below 12) it will be $55.  Please email us if you require this:

What if I don't want to stay at the Shangri-la?

That is no problem at all. You have the option of staying at your own choice of accommodation (although the venue for the training sessions will be at Shangri-la, Cairns). 
However, staying at the Shangri-la will be much more convenient as the training session and all the events will be held there. You can decide what's suitable for you.

Does the ticket include 2 hour sunset cruise on 28 September?

The 2-hour sunset cruise will be charged separately, it is not included in your ticket. We will cover the cruise charter fee, you only pay for the canapés and drinks, prices are $99/adult, $55/kids below age 12. The cruise can only carry maximum 60 passengers so once it's full, we will close the registration. First in, first served. 

Do you have special rates for accommodation booking at Shangri-la?

Yes, Shangri-la hotel has given us special rate for $275/night which includes breakfast for 2. As this is during school holiday, their normal rate is $470/night. However, they have only provided us with limited rooms, so once the rooms are booked out, we won't be able to accommodate further. Be sure to reserve your room booking ASAP.

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So what are you waiting for?

Join us for an exciting, relaxing training experience

Get 14 Hours of CPD

Bringing Business To The Tropical Cairns... Holiday Paradise!

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