21 September 2023

The future of accounting: staying ahead of industry trends

Like most professions the world of accounting is constantly involving. It's crucial for business owners to stay ahead of the curve, keeping up with the latest laws, regulations and best practices in accounting.

Embracing technological advancements

One of the most significant shifts in accounting is the adoption of advanced technologies. Automation, artificial intelligence, and cloud-based accounting software are transforming how financial data is collected, processed, and analysed. For business owners, this means greater efficiency, reduced manual errors, and real-time access to critical financial information.

>> Tip: Consider investing in accounting software that aligns with your business’s needs. Cloud-based solutions can offer flexibility and accessibility, allowing you to manage your finances from anywhere.

Navigating complex regulatory changes

Accounting regulations are constantly evolving to address emerging financial challenges and protect stakeholders. Staying compliant with these changes is essential to avoid penalties and maintain the trust of your clients. Business owners should:

>> Stay informed: regularly reviewing updates from regulatory bodies and industry associations to ensure you are aware of changes that affect your business. 

>> Consult with experts: don’t hesitate to seek advice from financial and accounting professionals who specialise in your industry. They can help you navigate complex regulations and ensure compliance. 

Data-driven decision making

The future of accounting is increasingly data-centric. Financial data is not just for compliance but also a valuable resource for strategic decision-making. Business owners can harness the power of data analytics to gain insights into their operations, customer behaviour, and market trends.

>> Tip: Consider investing in financial reporting and analysis tools to help you make informed decisions based on real-time data.

Sustainability reporting

With growing awareness of environmental and social responsibility, accounting is expanding to include sustainability reporting. Businesses are expected to disclose their environmental impact and social contributions. This trend is driven not only by regulatory requirements but also by consumer and investor demand for ethical and sustainable practices.

>>Tip: Start integrating sustainability reporting into your accounting practices. It can enhance your brand’s reputation and attract socially conscious customers, clients and investors.

The future of accounting is dynamic and multifaceted, presenting both challenges and opportunities for small and medium business owners. Embracing technology, staying informed about regulatory changes, leveraging data, and incorporating sustainability reporting are key strategies for staying ahead in the ever-evolving world of accounting. By proactively adapting to industry trends, you can ensure your business remains competitive and resilient in the years to come.


Bruno Palermo, Head of Accounting, Senior Adviser.

Freedom = Football

Bruno says he is very proud that he was born and raised in Hobart. On the weekends he enjoys playing soccer, hitting the gym and enjoying the fun and busyness of raising his two daughters with his wife. He is a passionate Chair of Variety Tasmania. Variety – the Children’s Charity supports kids and families who are facing many challenges through sickness, disadvantage or living with additional needs.

Bruno invests in lasting relationships. By understanding his client’s needs and wants, he assists by getting to the core of the challenge or opportunity, for example, increasing profits for their business, advises on business strategies and the most tax effective way to structure businesses and personal affairs. Our team and valued clients are lucky to experience the warmth and genuine care that Bruno demonstrates with everyone he meets.
Bachelor of Commerce, CA, Cert. in Public Practice, Diploma of Financial Planning, Cert. IV in Finance, Registered Tax Agent LinkedIn