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Dr Thusitha Dissanayake





Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Deakin University, 2019
Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Melb Inst. of Technology, 2017
Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting, CIMA (Chartered Ins of Mgt Ac), 2017
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), Deakin University, 2011
Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Victoria University, 2009


Dr Thusitha Dissanayake is a Lecturer in the Department of Accounting in Deakin Business School. Thusitha strives to excel in his field of research - public sector accounting, strategic management accounting, corporate disclosure and governance - whilst upholding a strong commitment to providing a dynamic learning environment and develop a challenging lecturing career with a drive to find innovative teaching solutions in accounting field of endeavour.

He joined Deakin Business School in January 2018 as a lecturer in accounting. Thusitha completed his PhD in Accountancy from RMIT University and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in accounting from Deakin University, and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Victoria University. Prior to joining Deakin, he had roles as a sessional lecturer at Monash University and RMIT University, as well as over 9 years industry experience in the field accounting, working in Australia and Sri Lanka.

Thusitha’s research interests include public sector accounting changes, network governance and corporate disclosure and reporting on social and environmental issues such as corporate bribery.

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Research interests

  • Integrated reporting practice
  • Public sector accounting
  • Strategic Management Accounting practice
  • Corporate Governance & disclosure practice


  • Member, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ)
  • Member, Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka (AAT) Sri Lanka.
  • Member, Institute of Pulic Accountants (IPA) Australia
  • Associate Member, CPA Australia.
  • Member, Institute of Financial Accountants
  • Member, Golden Key International Honour Society.

Teaching interests

  • Management Accounting
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting 

Units taught

  • MAA744 - Strategic Management Accounting
  • MAA717 - Introductory Accounting
  • MAA262 - Management Accounting
  • MAA103 - Accounting for Decision Making

Knowledge areas

  • Management Accounting
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Corporate reporting
  • Public Sector Accounting


  • "Risk committee and integrated reporting practice- An exploratory study in Australia", The 2020 JCAE Doctoral Consortium and Annual Symposium, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 3-5 January 2020
  • 'Accounting reform among different layers of Government in Sri Lanka: A comparative analysis', 9th APIRA conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 1-3 July 2019.
  • 'The Role of Professional Association in the diffusion of Accounting Innovation in Public Sector', 28th Asia- Pacific Conference on International Accounting Issues, USA, 6-9 November 2016.
  • 'The Diffusion and Adoption Process in Accounting: Perception from Local Government', American Accounting Association (AAA) Conference, American Accounting Association, USA, 6-10 August 2016.
  • 'Accounting Innovation and Diffusion- Adoption Process: Challenge for Local Government in Developing Countries', 8th Asia- Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) Conference, RMIT University, Australia, 13-15 July 2016.
  • 'The Diffusion of ‘New Public Financial Management (NPFM)’ Innovations in Developing Countries : Evidence from Sri Lanka', TIIKM’s 2nd Annual International Conference on Accounting and Finance (ICAF), The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), Sri Lanka, 26-27 May 2015.
  • 'Corporate Disclosure on Combating Bribery: A Study of Two Global Companies in the Telecommunication Industry', National Forensic Accounting Teaching and Research Symposium, University of Wollongong, Australia, 12-14 February 2012.
  • 'Corporate Disclosure on Combating Bribery: A Study of Two Global Companies in the Telecommunication Industry', The 10th Australasian Conference on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR), University of Tasmania, Australia, 5-7 December 2011.

Professional activities


  • Department of Accouting Award (2018) - For 'Going above and beyond in teaching'.
  • Semi-finalist of 'three minute thesis' competition (2015), RMIT University, College of Business.
  • Best performed student in Accounting (2008), jointly awarded by Victoria University and CPA Australia. 


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The diffusion?adoption of accrual accounting in Sri Lankan local governments

Thusitha Dissanayake, Steven Dellaportas, P Yapa

(2019), pp. 1-17, Financial accountability and management, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Anti-bribery disclosures: a response to networked governance

M Islam, T Dissanayake Mudiyanselage, S Dellaportas, S Haque

(2018), Vol. 42, pp. 3-16, Accounting Forum, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Corporate disclosure in relation to combating corporate bribery: a case study of two Chinese telecommunication companies

M Islam, S Haque, T Dissanayake Mudiyanselage, P Leung, K Handley

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 309-326, Australian Accounting Review, Richmond, Vic., C1-1

journal article

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