Deakin Integrated Reporting Centre

The Deakin Integrated Reporting Centre (DIRC) provides strategic and operational leadership in integrated reporting (IR) policy and technical knowledge, as well as academic and executive education and cutting-edge research.

Our focus

The DIRC provides leadership across three pillars of excellence in IR: thought leadership and engagement, education and training, and research. The three pillars are closely interrelated, and each is valued equally.

We aim to provide a focus for Deakin-based and adjunct researchers to identify issues of interest to industry, conduct research, and disseminate knowledge about integrated reporting through publications, education and professional development courses.

We use the knowledge gained through the centre's work to contribute to the intellectual property of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), as a member of the Global Academic Network Oversight Body.

The centre is also an accredited training partner for the IIRC and we provide educational programs (both academic and executive education) and promote IR in Australia and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

In 2020, the DIRC has continued to support KPMG in undertaking the ASX 200 benchmarking outlined in the KPMG 2020 Corporate Reporting Survey. The centre has also taken over the hosting of the Business Reporting Leaders Forum.

The DIRC team and Advisory Board members are drawn from both industry and academia and have many years of experience in IRThe DIRC is jointly funded by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), KPMG and the Deakin Business School.

DIRC strategic focus

Learn more about DIRC's vision by downloading the strategic plan.

Download the Deakin Integrated Reporting Centre Strategic Plan (PDF, 1.3MB)

Alongside our centre partners, we will be driving more integrated thinking in Australia by providing education for integrated reporting capacity building, enhancing the profile of integrated reporting as the norm in corporate reporting in Australia, producing research to inform its development and implementation, and acting as advocates to drive take-up across industry.

Professor Barry Cooper

Executive Director

Our team

Executive Director
Professor Barry Cooper

Deputy Executive Director and Director – Research
Professor Peter Carey

Director – Strategy and Engagement
(Professor of Practice in Integrated Reporting, Deakin Business School)
Michael Bray

Director – Professional Development
Associate Professor Luckmika Perera

Advisory Board

  • Chair
    Mr John Stanhope – Chancellor, Deakin University; Vice-Chair IIRC
  • Professor Mervyn King – Patron and Emeritus Chairman of the IIRC
  • Mike Suffield – Director – Professional Insights, ACCA
  • Maurice Cheong – Manager, ACCA Australia and New Zealand
  • Simon Hann – Executive Director – Education, CAANZ
  • Karen McWilliams – Business Reform Leader, CAANZ
  • Professor Sanjay Kallapur – Associate Dean, Indian School of Business
  • Mr Nick Ridehalgh – Director, Better Business Reporting, KPMG
  • Ms Liz Prescott – IIRC Head of Relationships, East Asia and Australasia
  • Anne Waters – Senior Project Manager, Australian Auditing Standards Board
  • Sara Daymond – Executive Manager, Marketing, Insights and Experience, First State Super
  • Pru Bennett – Principal, Guerdon Associates; Director – IIRC
  • Professor Yew Kee Ho, Associate Provost, Singapore Institute of Technology

Contact us

For more information about DIRC please contact Professor Barry Cooper.

Executive Director
Professor Barry Cooper +61 488 661 558
Email Professor Cooper