Allan Barton Memorial Research Lecture 2023

Public lecture

Allan Barton Memorial Research Lecture 2023

The Changing Role of Chief Financial Officers in the Australian Public Sector


Tuesday 26th September 2023, 4.30pm – 6.30pm (AEST)

In-person and livestream.

The Allan Barton Memorial Research Lecture is an annual event jointly organised by CPA Australia, and the ANU Research School of Accounting.

This year’s Lecture topic is the Changing Role of Chief Financial Officers in the Australian Public Sector. The Lecture will cover the more significant issues facing Chief Financial Officers today in performing their roles in the Australian Public Sector, but with a clear focus on anticipated changes in the years ahead – including in relation to the likely accounting developments, issues such as sustainability and other matters relating to non-financial performance reporting, and any other public sector specific developments arising from government and/or parliamentary priorities.

The lecture will be delivered by Janine Bristow, Chief Finance Officer, Australian Taxation Office. Commentary will be provided by Tom Moloney, Senior Partner, KPMG.


The event is open to the general public. All staff and students are welcome to attend.

Register here for the in-person event.

Location: CPA Australia, Level 5, 10 Rudd Street, Canberra, ACT 2601

Register here for the online event.

About the Speakers

Janine Bristow, Chief Finance Officer, Australian Taxation Office

Janine was appointed role of Chief Finance Officer in May 2020, to oversee all aspects of ATO finances including resource management and strategy, budgeting, financial accounting and tax reporting, procurement and contract management, project management and property and facilities management services. Janine leads professional finance teams, providing the ATO with financial modelling, insights, business analytics and advice to ensure the ATO meets its obligations and is efficient and effective in the investment of public monies.

Janine has more than two decades of senior leadership experience from the public and private sector. She has led teams with significant operating scale and complexity, in diverse disciplines including compliance, front line delivery, finance and law. Janine holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Management, an Associate in Music and is studying a Masters in Commerce.

Tom Moloney, Senior Partner, KPMG 

Tom’s career has spanned 30 years and encompassed a broad range of areas including public sector accounting, financial management, information technology and general management consulting.  Tom has particular expertise in public sector financial reform, having worked closely with the Australian Government and other jurisdictions in the transition to accrual budgeting and Whole of Government reporting, and he continues to advise on the budget and accounting impacts of major infrastructure and policy initiatives.

Tom has a keen interest in public sector financial governance and has published studies into the role of Public Accounts Committees in Australia and New Zealand and the importance of internal budgeting in Government agencies.  He has had the opportunity to work abroad on financial reforms initiated by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Tom has a Bachelor of Information Technology (Commence) from the Australian National University, is a member of Certified Practising Accountants Australia and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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CPA Australia, Level 5, 10 Rudd Street, Canberra, ACT 2601