The Accounting Education Special Interest Group are a community of like-minded individuals coming together from academia, industry and the accounting profession to collaborate, share and co-create. We aim to improve the quality of accounting education, especially through the development of relevant and innovative curricula, placing a renewed emphasis on effective instruction in accounting programs.

We aim to bring together Australasia's leading Accounting Educators and Researchers in one of the largest communities outside the US.

Join us at The Star on the Gold Coast, Australia, to participate in a symposium on accounting education that celebrates best practice education and research through a program of papers, panel sessions, and presentations by academics and industry. This year the symposium will engage you with the theme ‘Accounting Education and Culture’. We invite participants to explore this theme broadly, considering cultural identity, classroom and learning culture, institutional culture, industry culture and more.

We invite presentations on topics such as:

  • What does accounting look like in different cultures historically, and how does this affect teaching and learning?
  • How (if at all) are Indigenous perspectives being introduced into the accounting curriculum in Australia and New Zealand?
  • How is accounting education viewed from an institutional and student perspective, and how does this impact staff and resources?
  • How has Covid impacted classroom and learning culture, and what does the future look like?
  • How do the accounting profession and industry influence classroom culture and curriculum content?
  • What is the culture of the accounting profession? Who fits in? How does this affect teaching and assessment?
  • What is the impact of cancel culture on accounting education?

We look forward to meeting again for the AFAANZ SIG symposium in person. Please note that all presenters are expected to attend in  person. However, to make the event accessible to those unable to attend, we are exploring the possibility of offering some of the symposium sessions online.

Contributions to the symposium are invited from educators, industry members and professional bodies. In addition to the research papers presented and providing an opportunity to meet to discuss ideas, share best practice and suggest directions for future research, we are continuing several previously offered sessions:

  • Resources Workshop. Do you have any interesting videos, YouTube clips, music, videos, artefacts relevant to accounting and the symposium’s theme? We’d like to know. You will be asked to showcase your resource in this session.
  • Student Engagement Strategies. Share new and innovative learning and teaching strategies with the accounting education audience.
  • Poster Sessions. Have an emerging idea that you would like feedback on? Want to share and engage other accounting educators? Submit your idea to host a poster session this year!
  • Engaging Emerging Scholars in Education Research. HoD nominations for HDR students engaged in Accounting Education PhD Research and Scholarship. Students will be asked to discuss their research, highlights and their journey. Send an expression of interest to the  committee if you would like one of your students to be a part of this session.
  • Professional Development Session. Special guests will be announced on a rolling basis up to the symposium date.

Submissions, nominations and expressions of interest should be made electronically. For further information or to make a submission please email us @ Abstracts will be peer reviewed. Accepted students and presenters will have their symposium fee covered. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 5 May 2023. Earlier submission is encouraged.
• Authors will be notified of acceptance by 19 May 2023 and will be required to notify us of their intention to attend and present by 26 May 2023.
We look forward to meeting you all on the Gold Coast for what promises to be an engaging and invigorating experience.
The SIG5 Committee:
Leopold Bayerlein, Scott Copeland, Ellie Chapple, Ruth Dimes, Matt Dyki, Kimberly Ferlauto, Hoa Luong, Nick McGuigan, Lisa Powell, Bernadette Smith, Meredith Tharapos, Paul Wells and Amanda White


To become a member of the Accounting Education SIG you will first need to become a member of AFAANZ, The fee for AFAANZ membership is AU$170.50 including GST for applicants residing in Australia and AU$150 for applicants residing outside Australia. Note that membership is based on a calendar year.

The fee for the Accounting Education SIG is AU$22 including GST for applicants residing in Australia and AU$20 for applicants residing outside Australia. Click on the purchase button to gain access to this SIG. You may also "Join this Group" further below to be keep up to date with the latest news and events.


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