The Auditing and Assurance Special Interest Group (AASIG) aims to develop a supportive environment for accounting academics in Australia and New Zealand who are engaged in, or wish to engage in auditing and assurance research and/or teaching. The AASIG aims to support research, education and foster relationships with practice in order to improve the contribution of academics to the auditing and assurance areas.

Members may include those with interests in all aspects of auditing, assurance including issues related to ethics, risk management and governance, whether in private, public or not-for-profit sectors.

The SIG comprises experienced and well-published academics, early and mid-career academics and PhD students. The main activities of the SIG include:

  • providing a forum for continuing education in relation to the teaching of audit, assurance, ethics, risk management and governance issues
  • providing a forum for continuing education with regard to current professional issues in relation to auditing and assurance
  • disseminating information and communicating members’ research interests and emerging issues in research
  • providing opportunities to present new research ideas and work-in-progress in supportive workshops with more time than is usually available at a conference
  • providing opportunities to present emerging issues in research methodologies
  • initiating, encouraging and facilitating collaborative research
  • encouraging both new and established researchers in auditing and assurance research using a variety of methods

The Auditing and Assurance SIG meets on an annual basis immediately prior to the AFAANZ Annual Meeting to undertake the above activities.


Saturday 1 July, 2023 – The Star on the Gold Coast

2.30pm AGM and introduction of PhD students 

Paul Coram (Chair)

2.50pm Updates from Auditing Standards Committee and Auditing Standard Setters

  • Noel Harding (UNSW)

  • David Hay (Auckland)

3.15pm-4pm – Contemporary Audit Topics Research Grant Program

Talent in the Auditing Profession

  • Nives Botica-Redmayne (Massey)

  • Dimu Ehalaiye (Massey)

Audit Market Structure in Australia

  • Sarowar Hossain (UNSW)

  • Gary Monroe (UNSW)

Panel Session 4.30pm-6pm - How Should Data Analytics and AI affect Auditing Education?

Chair: Xinning Xiao (Monash)


  • Simon Robinson (Partner – Data Assurance, PWC Brisbane)

  • Michael Davern (Melbourne)

  • Kirsty Meredith (Sunshine Coast)


To become a member of the Auditing and Assurance SIG you will first need to become a member of AFAANZ. The fee for AFAANZ membership is AU$115.50 including GST for applicants residing in Australia and AU$105 for applicants residing outside Australia. Note that membership is based on a calendar year.

The fee for the Auditing and Assurance 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 the SIG group. You may also join now further below to be keep up to date with the latest news and events for this group.


Chair: Paul Coram, University of Adelaide

Deputy Chair: Nives Botica-Redmayne, Massey University

Secretary: Shan Zhou, University of Sydney

General: Xinning Xiao, Monash University

                Tom Scott, Auckland University of Technology


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