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Dr Sutha Kanapathippillai



Director of Teaching and Deputy Head of School


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2016
Bachelor of Commerce, Deakin University, 2008
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2007
Master of Business Administration, Southern Cross University, 2001
Bachelor of Business (Administration), University of Jaffna, 1994


Dr Sutha Kanapathippillai is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accounting in Deakin Business School. Sutha has extensive teaching in financial accounting and management accounting at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is a CIMA and CPA qualified accountant and has been involved in teaching financial reporting at CPA professional level programs.

Sutha has received a number of awards for his teaching at Deakin University. His research interests include corporate governance, voluntary disclosure, executive remuneration, and audit fees.

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Research interests

  • Executive remuneration
  • Voluntary disclosure
  • Corporate governance
  • Accounting Education
  • Rights offerings


  • Member, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ).
  • Member, American Accounting Association (AMA).
  • Member, European Accounting Association (ECA).

Teaching interests

  • Financial accounting
  • Corporate accounting
  • Management accounting

Units taught

  • MAA363 - Corporate Accounting
  • MAA261 - Financial Accounting
  • MAA262 - Management Accounting


  • 'Directors’ turnover and audit fees', Journal of Contemporary accounting and Economics (JCAE), Taiwan, 5-7 January 2017.
  • 'The Influence of Remuneration Committee Existence and Quality on CEO compensation', Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ), Australia, 5-7 July 2015.
  • 'Narrative Voluntary Executive Remuneration Disclosure And Use Of Attribution Strategy', Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ), New Zealand, 6-8 July 2014.
  • 'Remuneration Committee Quality and Narrative Voluntary Executive Remuneration Disclosure', Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ), Australia, 7-9 July 2013.
  • 'Issuance of Warrants in Seasoned Equity Offerings – Evidence from Rights Offerings', Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ), Australia, 2011.


  • Faculty of Business and Law Teaching and Learning award for outstanding commitment to development, teaching and mentoring excellence across the Department of Accounting programs and units -2022.
  • Award for Academic Excellence and Mentoring of the Department of Accounting, Department of Accounting- 2022
  • Balanced Performance Award for the Excellence in Teaching, Research and Engagement from the Department of Accounting, Deakin University, 2019.
  • Executive Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Faculty of Business and Law 2018.
  • Recognition for exceptional class performance - Financial Reporting Professional level Examination, CPA Australia, 2017.
  • Outstanding contribution to teaching developing and management of the B.Com accounting courses, Department of Accounting, 2016.
  • Outstanding contribution to teaching, Department of Accounting, 2015.
  • Sustained teaching performance at post graduate level, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, 2010.
  • Teaching Excellence Exemplars Award 2010.
  • Best teaching across the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, 2009.


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Formative assessment in accounting: student perceptions and implications of continuous assessment

E Johansson, S Kanapathippillai, A Khan, S Dellaportas

(2022), pp. 1-29, Accounting Education, London, Eng., C1

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Remuneration committees and attribution disclosures on remuneration decisions: Australian evidence

S Kanapathippillai, D Mihret, S Johl

(2019), Vol. 158, pp. 1063-1082, Journal of business ethics, Dordrecht, the Netherlands, C1

journal article

Compensation committees, CEO pay and firm performance

S Kanapathippillai, F Gul, D Mihret, M Muttakin

(2019), Vol. 57, Pacific Basin Finance Journal, C1

journal article

The Issuance of Warrants in Rights Offerings: Agency Costs and Signaling Effects

Balasingham Balachandran, Sutharson Kanapathippillai, Chandrasekhar Krishnamurti, Michael Theobald, Eswaran Velayutham

(2017), Vol. 42, pp. 608-636, Australian Journal of Management, London, Eng., C1

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A comparison of different study load classifications and their association to student performance: an exploratory study

L Perera, S Kanapathippillai, G Wines

(2016), Vol. 24, pp. 134-148, Asian review of accounting, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal article

Remuneration committee effectiveness and narrative remuneration disclosure

S Kanapathippillai, S Johl, G Wines

(2016), Vol. 40, pp. 384-402, Pacific Basin Finance Journal, C1

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Implications of a formative assessment task on student exam performance

S Kanapathippillai, A Khan, S Dellaportas

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 133-154, Journal of international business education, Edinburgh, Scotland, C1

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Ethics education in the Australian accounting curriculum : a longitudinal study examining barriers and enablers

S Dellaportas, S Kanapathippillai, A Khan, P Leung

(2014), Vol. 23, pp. 362-382, Accounting education, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

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The impact of a computerised consolidation accounting package (CCAP) on student performance

S Kanapathippillai, A Hasheem, S Dellaportas

(2012), Vol. 20, pp. 4-19, Asian review of accounting, Bingley, England, C1

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