PwC Schools 2019

The professional development of your people is critical to the success of any modern day business. That’s why we’ve created a full curriculum of practical and hands-on workshops across a range of tax and finance-based topics.
PwC Schools delivers the best of PwC's experience, through an annual program of hands-on workshops for professionals who are passionate to learn.


BASchool Webcast

Our 2019 BASchool webcast series, is an introduction to Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Business Activity Statements (BASs). Presented by Jeff Pfaff, PwC GST Partner, the series will run across two live webcast workshops.

The webcast series will cover:

  • an overview of basic GST principles;

  • overview of the recent changes in GST law;

  • some special rules and exceptions in the GST law;

  • practical steps to managing your GST/BAS compliance and reporting obligations;

  • common GST/BAS problem areas and practical tips on how to overcome them; and

  • insights as to the risk areas that are high on the ATO's compliance agenda.

Throughout the interactive webcast your presenter, Jeff Pfaff, will be able to answer your questions in real time.

Who should attend?

This workshop is beneficial for Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Accountants, Finance Managers, Tax Managers or anyone who is interested in learning more about the fundamentals of GST.

Date, location and further information

  • Webcast 1 - Wednesday 6 March 2019
  • Webcast 2 - Friday 8 March 2019

Cost: $395 (including GST)

By completing this training you will be eligible for CLE hours.

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Tax Data & Analytics Academy

PwC predicts that a successful tax professional of the future will be highly proficient in data analysis, statistics and technology. Our Tax Data & Analytics Academy is a tangible way you can learn these skills in the context of tax. The Academy starts with a one day workshop that consists of a mix of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on exercises, featuring software tools and techniques currently available for automation, data processing and data visualisations. You can then put what you learn into practice within your organisation with the support of a PwC professional over a four week period to answer follow-up questions. At the end of the four weeks, you will have the option to re-group with us to work through client-specific opportunities.

What you will learn

  • learn key concepts
  • walk through a tax data framework
  • gain hands on practical experience in extracting, transforming and visualising data by building a Tax Management dashboard
  • see demonstrations of more advanced topics and tax-specific apps
  • opportunity to apply your new skills with your organization
  • support of PwC specialist to answer questions
  • 1-2 hour meeting to review learnings
  • demonstrate advanced tax use cases for automation and visualisation
  • discuss opportunities and challenges
  • answer specific follow up questions, and
  • review examples from initial workshop, if required.

Who should attend?

Our Tax Data & Analytics Academy will give you practical experience in using data extraction and transformation tools such as Alteryx, and visualisation software like Qlik Sense, Tableau or Power BI by working through a real life case study to build an interactive tax management dashboard from tax working papers. It is ideally suited to tax professionals with no or limited exposure to these types of tools.



  • Group of 10 or more people (same organisation)
    $15,000 plus
    $1,500 per person for more than 10 people
  • Individuals/groups of less than 10 people
    $1,950 per person

For further information on future sessions, visit Tax Data & Analytics Academy.

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Fringe Benefits Tax School

Our one-day FBT Practical Workshops cover the main benefits provided by employers, namely cars, entertainment, expense/property and residual, relocation and living away from home allowances, car parking and salary packaging. For each of the topics, we work through case studies to highlight the practical issues that can arise when considering the treatment of FBT.


Cost: $748 per person (including GST)

To hear more about Fringe Benefits Tax School and future sessions, please subscribe via the form below.

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Professional Model Build training course

Our Professional Model Build training course will provide you with tangible skills to become a best in-house financial modeller.

What you will learn

Through a combination of theory, discussion and hands-on use of Excel, this two-day advanced course builds upon existing financial modelling and intermediate Excel skills. You will be given practical tips, technical skills, and a best-practice framework to apply directly to your day to day role.

In addition to learning PwC's Modelling Methodology for building models, this course also covers PwC's 15 Modelling Design Best Practice Top Tips and PwC's "Axis of Spreadsheet Evil".

The course is run by PwC's modelling professionals:

  • Ian Bennett, Deals Modelling Partner
  • Farouk Dahbourah, Associate Director

Who should attend?

Our Professional Model Build training course is ideally suited to analysts and financial modellers and places are limited to 16 attendees.


Cost: $2,500 per person

10% discount for 2 people and 20% discount for 3 or more people

PwC Deals Modelling team run the training regularly around these times in the year:

(1) Feb/March

(2) July/August

(3) September/October

To hear more about Professional Model Build training course and future sessions, please subscribe via the form below.

Access our guide 'Financial Modelling and Excel training for Analysts' here.

Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 July 2018 - Sydney
Date to be advised soon - Brisbane

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New Zealand tax foundation workshop

One-day workshop

This workshop is designed to help Australian based staff that have responsibility for New Zealand tax compliance understand their responsibilities and requirements.

What you will learn

Our foundation workshop will focus on the practical challenges of managing New Zealand tax compliance for income tax, GST, fringe benefit tax, non-resident withholding tax (NRWT) and non-resident contractors New Zealand tax (NRCT). This workshop will use a mix of presentations and practical case studies to cover the following:

  • A high level overview of the New Zealand income tax regime, with a focus on the typical tax adjustments to accounting profit.
  • Identifying key income tax risk areas. For example: transfer pricing, thin capitalisation and non-deductible expenditure.
  • Using basic financial statements to prepare a tax calculation and corporate tax return form.
  • Dealing with Inland Revenue, for example; during risk reviews, audits and requesting amendments to filed income tax returns.
  • Provisional tax, interpreting Inland Revenue statements and tax pooling.
  • FBT questions and compliance requirements.
  • GST basics and common pitfalls.
  • NRWT and NRCT rules.

Who should attend?

This workshop provides essential content for all Australian based staff that have a responsibility for managing New Zealand Tax Compliance.

Date, location and further information

Dates to be advised. 

Cost: $900 per person

CPD: 6.5 hours

To register for the course, please visit the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand website.

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Advanced New Zealand tax training workshop

Two-day workshop

Our two-day workshop builds on our popular New Zealand tax foundation workshop.

The tax world is rapidly changing, and it is no different in New Zealand. Keeping up to date with recent and proposed legislative tax changes, adopting digital technologies and having a constructive relationship with Inland Revenue are critical to operating a successful business.

Our workshop will ensure your tax knowledge is fit for purpose so you can add value to your organisation and build on our popular foundation workshop.

Senior PwC New Zealand Tax specialists facilitate in-dept practical sessions on the key areas of New Zealand tax including topical tax issues specific to New Zealand companies with overseas shareholders or subsidiaries will be covered including transfer pricing, financing and employee mobility.

This workshop will use a mix of presentations and practical case studies to cover the following*:

  • Tax Knowledge Sharing – essential updates
  • Corporate income tax compliance refresher
  • Advanced corporate income tax case studies
  • Keeping Inland Revenue happy
  • Tax functions of the future
  • GST & Customs
  • Fringe Benefits – the risks associated with providing rewards
  • Keeping compliant with a mobile workforce
  • Challenges for a multinational business

*The above topics are based on the workshops we ran during 2017. The actual content will be determined closer to the time to ensure the workshops are up to date and relevant to you in the rapidly changing tax world.

Who should attend?

This workshop provides essential content for all Australian based staff that have a responsibility for managing New Zealand Tax Compliance.

Date, location and further information

19-20 November 2018 – Sydney

21-22 November 2018 – Melbourne

Cost: $1,600 + GST per person
CPD: 13 hours

To register for the course, please visit the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand website.

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Tax Effect Accounting webinar

Webinar series with livecast Q&A

Our 2019 Tax Effect Accounting (TEA) webinar series, presented by Alistair Hutson, Corporate Tax Partner, has been specifically designed for financial and tax professionals involved in the preparation or review of TEA balances and will cover:

IFRS standards

  • What they are trying to achieve and how they do it

  • Latest developments and rules

  • The practical implications of Australian Accounting Standard AASB 112

Preparing or reviewing your TEA journal

  • Practical know-how, tools and technologies

  • Overcoming common issues with calculation and supporting work papers

  • Complex matters to watch out for

Senior managers and company directors seeking to understand the impact of the IFRS tax rules on the financial statements will also find the series beneficial.

Course participants are invited to view the webinar series on-demand (4 hours) including a 30 minute recording of the follow up Q&A session.  By completing this course you will be eligible for professional development hours.

Cost: $395 incl GST per person

Click here to register or if you would like further information, please complete the form below.


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Pete Calleja

Financial Advisory Leader, PwC Australia

Tel: +61 (2) 8266 8837

Michael Bona

Global Tax Leader

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David Ireland

Sydney Tax Market Leader, PwC Australia

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James O'Reilly

Brisbane Corporate Tax Leader, PwC Australia

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Michelle Tremain

Indirect Taxes Leader, PwC Australia

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Kirsten Arblaster

Melbourne Tax Market Leader, PwC Australia

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Jason Karametos

Industries Tax Leader, PwC Australia

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Hayden Scott

Tax Controversy Leader, PwC Australia

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Rob Bentley

Perth Corporate Tax Leader, PwC Australia

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Warren Dick

Tax, Reporting & Strategy Leader, PwC Australia

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Chris Morris

Tax Business Leader, PwC Australia

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Norah Seddon

People & Organisation Tax Leader, PwC Australia

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