Department of Accounting

We're internationally renowned for our high-quality research and innovative teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Accounting at Deakin

The Department of Accounting is at the forefront of education, teaching and research. Our undergraduate and postgraduate course offerings are tailored to the demands and needs of industry, and prepare students for the real-world through our strategic focus on employability and links to industry, innovative and active learning and teaching practices and our premium online learning platform.

Areas of specialisation

The Department of Accounting is internationally renowned for its innovative, high-quality research – particularly its capital market research, which is focused on auditing, corporate governance and financial accounting. The department has also broadened its research focus from public companies to include for-profit private firms (e.g. SMEs) and not-for-profit entities (e.g. charities), an under-researched segment of the economy.

The research areas where we are developing our research strengths include:

  • organisational governance and accountability
  • auditing and assurance services
  • reporting (financial and non-financial)
  • the financial implications of political connections
  • integrated reporting
  • SMEs and NFPs
  • accounting professionalisation, with focuses on Indigenous accounting and business
  • financial planning.

Grant success

Our department has a strong industry focus. This is seen in ARC Linkage Grant success, Office of Learning and Teaching Grants, the IPA-Deakin SME Research partnership, our collaboration with the accounting profession to increase the number of Indigenous Australians entering the accounting profession and commissioned research for the Australian Accounting Standards Board. 

Our strong industry engagement is further illustrated by our longstanding association with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand in teaching the Chartered Accountants Foundation program. This non-award program provides graduates the foundation knowledge to undertake the Chartered Accountants Program offered by CAANZ.


Accounting staff have published in many of the leading journals in the discipline, including:

  • The Accounting Review
  • Journal of Accounting and Economics
  • Accounting, Organizations and Society
  • Contemporary Accounting Research
  • Journal of Accounting Research
  • Journal of Management Accounting Research
  • Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory
  • Journal of Accounting and Public Policy
  • British Accounting Review
  • International Journal of Accounting
  • Accounting Auditing and Accountability
  • Critical Perspectives on Accounting
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics.

Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics (JCAE)

Deakin is proud to be providing editorial support for the Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics (JCAE). The journal's editorial office has recently been relocated to Deakin, and Alfred Deakin Professor Ferdinand A. Gul is one of the co-editors of the journal. The JCAE is founded on a strong editorial board and publishes high quality manuscripts that apply economic and legal theory to accounting and auditing, with an emphasis on empirical research.

Learn more about the Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics

Prospective HDR students

Interested in research-level study? Gain the skills you need to get ahead in your workplace or start your research or academic career.

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PhD program

The Department of Accounting is seeking intellectually curious doctoral applicants with a strong academic track record who are interested in undertaking rigorous, theory-advancing research.

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Research seminars

Learn more about our recent seminar presenters and topics presented by Deakin staff, visitors and research partners.

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Staff listing

Our staff are dedicated to excellence in teaching and research in accounting and financial planning.

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