Tom Ravlic is an investigative journalist, author and academic with more than two decades of experience in reporting on and analysing politics and regulatory affairs for local and international media. He cut his teeth with almost a decade of journalism writing about accounting and finance and breaking stories for a range of print and online publications including metropolitan newspapers, business magazines, professional journals and overseas newsletters. Tom got his start with the industry newsletter Chartac Accountancy News, which was published by Information Australia, and he has never taken a backward step.
Publications such as The Age, CFO Magazine, the newsletters from the Lafferty Publications stable on accounting, the Company Director and many others in print and online have benefitted from his depth of research and knowledge of a field often seen by some commentators as arcane. Tom is most proud of his investigative work that resulted in multiple cover stories in CFO Magazine while he was a contributor to that magazine between January 1999 through to December 2004. He returned to journalism in September 2016 after almost 12 years in professional associations in various roles dealing predominantly with regulatory analysis, government relations,. corporate governance and risk management. His work has been published in The Accountant, the International Accounting Bulletin, Crikey, PC and Tech Authority, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Mail and The Saturday Paper since his return to print.
His expertise in corporate governance, accounting and audit has been recognised with two sessional academic stints in recent years. Tom has lectured and tutored in auditing and assurance at both Deakin University and the University of Melbourne. A collection of his writings was published in 2005 by John Wiley and Sons in a book called Readings in Financial Reporting for the academic market. Tom been a guest speaker at conferences, chaired panels comprised of regulatory figures from Australia and overseas and helped produce events designed to bring accountants and other professionals up to date with developments in corporate and financial regulation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and FINSIA. Tom holds qualifications in journalism, accounting, corporate governance and has added a Masters of Fraud and Financial Crime to his intellectual armoury.
2019 sees Tom go back to occupying traditional territory: the analysis and commentary with the publication of his assessment of the outcomes of the royal commission into the misconduct of banks, financial planners, brokers and other experts in whom people within the community should have been able to have trust. Vulture City: how our bankers got rich on swindle is being published by Wilkinson Publishing during the third quarter of this year.