CPA Annual Research Lecture: Shaping the Future of Accounting in Business Education in Australia

The 76th University of Melbourne-CPA Australia Annual Research Lecture

It is now approximately 25 years since accounting education in Australia was subject to a comprehensive examination (Mathews Committee, 1990).

Professor O’Connell will report the key results and recommendations from a comprehensive study involving various stakeholders in accounting education, including principals and partners of professional service firms, chief executive officers and chief financial officers from publicly listed companies, professors from university accounting schools/disciplines, professional accounting bodies and regulators.

The key aims of the study were to assess the current state of play of accounting in business education in Australia; focus on the key challenges, issues and opportunities faced by the accounting education sector; develop feasible, innovative and productive ways forward to meet the many challenges faced by accounting education and to take full advantage of the opportunities identified

Professor O’Connell has an extensive track record in both industry and academia, having worked as an analyst and bond dealer with major investment banks and being employed in leading universities in the US, Australia and Asia. He has published widely on accounting education issues and ethics and corporate scandals.