Our History

The AUT Accounting Association (formerly the CPA Passport Club) was established in 2013 by a group of accounting students. Within one semester, with a member base of 141 students by August 2013, the Association became the largest student-led initiative of the Faculty of Business and Law at that time. The purpose of the association is to be a platform for AUT accounting students to interact with business leaders, to learn from industry workers, and to develop essential skills such as communication and interpersonal skills. The club was initially funded by CPA Australia and gradually, it attracted funding from CA ANZ.

Since its conception in 2013, the association has been organizing a number of successful events, such as career workshops, seminars, bowling, and tree-planting events. Some high profile speakers have been invited to present and to mingle with students, including senior management from industries, Partners from accounting firms, HR personnel from accounting firms and recruitment agencies etc. The events provide great opportunities for our students to make a good impression and a number of former members of the association attracted the invaluable attention of some of the speakers at these events. The association is constantly exploring new ideas for events and new ways to extend and enrich the experiences of members. 

The success of the association is attributed to a group of dedicated student leaders, they work tirelessly to liaison with sponsors and speakers, to promote and to host events. Many of them have graduated and their experiences being in the association have also served them well in their career


DR. Asheq Rahman PhD (Syd), FCPA (Aust), FCA (ANZ)

Head of Accounting and Professor of Financial Accounting

"The AUT Accounting Association (AAA) is a professional organisation for accounting students. Its primary objective is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the accounting field. The AAA inculcates a sense of ethical, and public responsibility among students through its numerous activities outside the classroom.  The AAA experience helps the student to develop the acumen needed for taking up challenges in the professional arena.  The professional skills are fostered through an array of expert-led sessions, networking opportunities, and social activities. The AAA regularly invites speakers from the accounting profession and relevant industries. It helps develop leadership skills by providing opportunities to students to organise professional activities. It also encourages life-long associations among fellow aspiring professionals to enable them to create synergies for future collaborative activities.  As the African proverb goes “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” In all, it sends a strong and pertinent signal to students aspiring to be accounting professionals that learning only starts in the classroom and that the sphere of professional learning extends well beyond the boundaries of academe. I as the Head of the Department of Accounting at AUT strongly advise students to join the AAA and participate in its activities."

DR. Gina Xu

Lecturer in Accounting. Ph.D. CPA.

"If you would like to enrich your learning experience during your studies at AUT, the AUT Accounting Association is the place to be. The association is led and managed by your fellow students. It offers a range of activities from having fun to mingle with leaders from different business fields. Attending the events organised by the association is an effective way to broaden your learning, cultivate your generic skills and to bring you a sense of belongingness. The learning and skills you developed outside the classrooms are well sought by employers, which ultimately improve your employability. So come and join today."


Dr. Lisa Nguyen

Lecturer in Accounting. Ph.D. CPA.

"The purpose of networking is to establish connections and professional relationships before you actually need them. What you know and who you know are equally very important when it comes to landing a job and building a career. Therefore, I would like to extend a warm invitation to all AUT business students to be part of the AUT Accounting Association (AAA). The AAA offers students wonderful opportunities to connect with fellow students, alumni, the industry, and potential employers via many exciting events. I am strongly encouraging AUT students to develop a good network before graduating. In doing so, you will be able to enjoy your graduation in the knowledge that you have a job or several job prospects. Best wishes to you all."