Department of Accounting

Working with industry for a sustainable profession

The Department of Accounting builds on three strengths: our high-quality research published in leading journals, our innovative education attuned to the future of the profession and our pivotal professional and industry partnerships.

Our courses

Our industry-connected courses prepare you for entry into the accounting profession. With a wide range of specialisations that complement your core skillset, you can take your career in whichever direction you choose.

Our curriculum is informed by cutting-edge research and practice. You'll enjoy hands-on experience, including industry-focused problem-solving – making it easier to transition into the workforce.

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Research specialisations

The Department of Accounting is internationally renowned for its innovative, high-quality research – particularly its capital market research, which is focused on audit, corporate governance and financial accounting.

The Department has also broadened its research focus from public companies to include for-profit private firms such as SMEs and not-for-profit entities such as charities – both under-researched segments of the economy. The 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.

Join our 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.

We strive to support the success of our students and staff through our research programs across myriad facets of the discipline and our commitment to excellence in learning-by-doing education. Our future-oriented courses nurture professionalism, technical skills and proactive learning to prepare students for dynamic careers.

Professor Anne Wyatt

Head of Department

Department of Accounting staff

Our staff strive to embed our strategic employability focus in our teaching and learning, and produce innovative, high-quality research that is frequently published in leading journals.

Key contacts

Professor Anne Wyatt, Head of Department

Dr Thusitha Dissanayake, Director of Teaching

Dr Li Liu, Director, HDR

Associate Professor Arifur Khan, Director, Researcher Development

Dr Samuel Cheng, Professional Associations Liaison

Course directors

Luke Cuttance, Program and Relationship Manager, Chartered Accountants (CA) Foundation

Dr Egor Evdokimov, Chartered Accountants (CA) Foundation

Marc Olynyk, Financial Planning

Dr Ali Yaftian, IPA (Institute of Public Accountants)

Dr Simona Scarparo, MPA (Master of Professional Accounting)

Academic contacts

Dr Vicente Bicudo De Castro, Senior Lecturer

Dr Belete Bobe, Senior Lecturer

Michael Bray, Professor of Practice

Professor Peter Carey

Dr Xikai Chen, Lecturer

Dr Samuel Cheung, Senior Lecturer

Professor Greg Clinch, Professorial Research Fellow

Emeritus Professor Barry Cooper

Dr Thusitha Dissanayake, Lecturer

Dr Egor Evdokimov, Senior Lecturer

Dr Dale Fu, Lecturer

Professor Simon Fung

Gurbinder Gill, Teaching Scholar

Dr Abdifatah Haji, Lecturer

Dr Campbell Heggen, Senior Lecturer

Dr Cecilia Hu, Lecturer

Dr Lawrence Huang, Lecturer

Dr Sutha Kanapathippillai, Associate Head of School

Associate Professor Arifur Khan

Dr Jahan Khan, Lecturer

Dr Edwin Lim, Senior Lecturer

Dr Li Liu, Senior Lecturer

Dr Iliyas Mohammad Yusoff, Lecturer

Dr Mohammad Muttakin, Senior Lecturer

Dr Peter Ngigi, Teaching Scholar

Marc Olynyk, Senior Lecturer

Dr Brooke Peel, Lecturer

Professor Jeffrey Pittman, Professorial Research Fellow

Paul Sakchuenyos, Lecturer

Dr Simona Scarparo, Senior Lecturer

Dr Wei Shi, Lecturer

Professor Roger Simnett, Professorial Research Fellow

Dr Eka Tan, Lecturer

Professor George Tanewski

Dr Peter Vuong, Teaching Scholar

Emeritus Professor Kim Watty

Professor Anne Wyatt, Head of Department

Dr Ali Yaftian, Lecturer

Associate Professor Jun Yao

Dr Kerui Zhai, Lecturer

Research contacts


Centre for Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Business
Professor Hind Benbya, Director

Centre for Disaster Resilience and Recovery
Professor Mehmet Ulubasoglu, Director

Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education (CREATE)
Dr Karen Dunwoodie, Director

Deakin Integrated Reporting Centre
Professor Peter Carey, Research Director

IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre 
Professor George Tanewski, Director


Arts & Creative Industries Research and Engagement (ACiRE)
Professor Hilary Glow, Director

Better Consumption Lab 
Professor Josh Newton, Director

Deakin MarTech Clinic 
Associate Professor Ali Tamaddoni, Director

Deakin MarTech Clinic
Professor Andre Bonfrer, Director

Impact Finance Hub
Dr Emma Li, Director

Leadership Futures Hub
Dr Fannie Wu, Director

Women's Entrepreneurship Research Alliance
Dr Andrea North-Samardzic, Director

Apply for a Masters by Research

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

Journal publications

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.


We have a range of speakers and research partners who regularly visit Deakin to share insights and encourage debate on topics of particular interest to the department’s students.

Upcoming seminars

All seminars are held at the Burwood Campus in room LB3.323 and on Zoom.

Friday 21 June11amDr Patrick Ferguson
University of Melbourne
Friday 12 July11amProf Christopher Yust
Texas A&M University
Friday 26 July11amProf Amanda Winn
University of Kansas
Friday 9 August11amProf Christian Peters
Nanyang Technological University
Friday 16 August11amProf Dan Zhou
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Friday 23 August11amProf Mark Wilson
Australia National University
Friday 30 August11amDr Jeff Coulton
University of New South Wales

Past seminars

Friday 14 June Dr Cecilia Hu
Deakin University

Friday 7 June Dr Jon Black
University of Melbourne
Do Non-Disclosure Agreements Deter Employees from Blowing the Whistle on Accounting Misconduct? Evidence from California
Friday 24 May  Prof Truman Rowley
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Does “Making a Difference” Make a Difference?
How Work Significance Affects Audit Quality
Friday 10 MayProf Lili Dai
University of New South Wales
Spillover Effects of Environmental
Enforcement Actions through Private
Friday 3 MayMr Sriniwas Mahapatro
Indian School of Business
Real effects of Joint Audits of Banks
Friday 19 AprilProf Flora Kuang
University of Melbourne
Navigating ESG Storms:
ESG Incidents and Earnings-based Incentives in CEO Compensation
Friday 12 AprilDr Szu-fan Chen
National Taiwan University
The Information Role of Employee Confidential Witnesses in Financial Misreporting Litigation
Friday 5 AprilProf Greg Clinch
Deakin University

Friday 22 MarchDr Cynthia Cai
Macquarie University
Heuristic Traders, Information Acquisition, and Cost of Capital
Friday 8 MarchDr Wei Shi
Deakin University

Friday 1 MarchProf Jasmine Wang
University of Virginia
Does SEC Workforce Diversity Matter?
Friday 9 FebruaryProf Greg Clinch
Deakin University

Friday 2 FebruaryMr Abdul Mohi Khizer
Deakin University
Impact of Crash Risk Exposure on Firm Real Decisions

Contact us

Find out more about what we’re doing at the Department of Accounting.

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