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A/Prof. Adrian Raftery



Associate Professor


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


GCHE Exempt, Deakin University, 2015
Doctor of Philosophy, Univ. of Technology Sydney, 2014
Graduate Certificate of Journalism, Univ. of Technology Sydney, 2011
Master of Business Administration, Univ. of Technology Sydney, 1999
Bachelor of Business, Univ. of Technology Sydney, 1993


Adrian Raftery is an Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting in Deakin Business School at Deakin University. Adrian completed his MBA and a Graduate Certificate in journalism from the University of Technology Sydney. He recently completed his PhD for examination with the School of Accounting at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), where his focus of research was on Australian Self-Managed Superannuation Funds. He specialises in business planning, financial planning and tax.

Despite being called it for years, many people confuse Mr Taxman with the ATO. "Consider 'Mr Taxman' as being the good cop compared to 'The Taxman' as being the bad cop... a subtle but important difference", says Adrian.

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Career highlights

  • Australian Business Awards for Service Excellence (2008)
  • Australian Business Awards for Community Contribution (2008 and 2010)
  • Named in Top 50 companies by (2008 and 2009)
  • Named in the Masterclass Top 50 in Australia for financial planners by Personal Investor magazine and BT (2006 and 2007)
  • Represented Australian Masters’ AFL v Ireland in six International Rules Tests (2006, 2008 & 2009)
  • Played in EJ Whitten Legends AFL match for All Stars (2009)

Research interests

  • AFSLs
  • Auditing
  • SMSFs
  • Superannuation
  • Tax


  • Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA).
  • Fellow, Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).
  • Chartered Tax Adviser, Taxation Institute of Australia.
  • Certified Financial Planner, Financial Planning Association.
  • Certified Practising Accountant, CPA Australia.

Teaching interests

  • Corporate Accounting
  • Financial Planning
  • Income Tax
  • Small Business Accounting
  • Superannuation

Units taught

  • MAF255 Financial Planning
  • MAF311 Superannuation Planning
  • MAF312 Advanced Financial Planning
  • MAF708 Retirement Income Streams
  • MAF709 Financial Planning Development
  • MAF765 Financial Planning and Analysis

Knowledge areas

  • Accounting
  • Financial Planning
  • Superannuation
  • Tax


  • AFAANZ Conference, Melbourne, July 2012
  • AAA Auditing Section Mid-Year Conference and Doctoral Consortium, New Orleans, USA, January 2013
  • AFAANZ Doctoral Consortium, Perth, July 2013
  • UNSW Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers, Sydney, July 2013
  • EARNet Doctorial Consortium, Trier, Germany, September 2013
  • QARN, Auckland, NZ, October 2013
  • ANCAAR, Canberra, December 2013
  • JCAE, Malaysia, January 2014
  • EAA Congress, Tallinn, May 2014
  • BAFA Audit & Assurance Conference, UK, May 2014
  • AFAANZ Conference, Auckland, July 2014


  • PhD Scholarship - UTS Accounting Discipline Group, 2011
  • Top-up PhD Scholarship from CIFR, 2013
  • People’s Choice Winner of 3 Minute Thesis competition UTS Business, 2013.
  • AFAANZ representative at 2014 EAA Colloquium, Talinn, Estonia
  • Voted in top twenty postgraduate lecturers in the UTS Business School, 2012 & 2013


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Knowledge spillover from other assurance services

M Bradbury, A Raftery, T Scott

(2018), Vol. 14, pp. 52-64, Journal of contemporary accounting and economics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Who starts a self-managed superannuation fund and why?

R Bird, F Foster, J Gray, A Raftery, S Thorp, D Yeung

(2018), Vol. 43, pp. 373-403, Australian journal of management, London, Eng., C1


Partner-scale economies, service bundling and auditor independence in the Australian self-managed superannuation (pension) fund industry

B Arnold, H Bateman, A Ferguson, A Raftery

(2017), Vol. 36, pp. 161-180, AUDITING: a journal of practice & theory, Sarasota, Florida, C1


Auditor industry specialisation, service bundling and partner effects in a mining-dominated city

A Ferguson, G Pundrich, A Raftery

(2014), Vol. 33, pp. 153-180, Auditing: a journal of practice and theory, Sarasota, Florida, C1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

SMSFs: What is the real cost?

A/Prof Adrian Raftery, Dr Ameeta Jain

  • 2014: $4,100

The costs, benefits and trade-offs associated with professionalising the Australian Financial Planning industry

A/Prof Adrian Raftery, Dr Campbell Heggen, Mr Michael Kerry

  • 2014: $5,000

IRESS Knowledge Centre Development

A/Prof Adrian Raftery, Dr Campbell Heggen, Mr Marc Olynyk

  • 2018: $8,500
  • 2017: $10,800


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