The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of AFAANZ provide a valuable service to members through the recognition and facilitation of the special interests of members. The mission of the Public Sector and Not-for-Profit (PSNFPA) is to provide services to members that enhance the interaction among those with common specialist interests to assist in the fulfilment of the mission of AFAANZ.

Members of the PSNFPA comprise experienced and well-published academics, early and mid-career academics and higher degree research students. Members include those with interests in all aspects of accounting, accountability, auditing, governance, and performance management in public and not-for-profit sectors.

The aims of the public sector and not-for-profit accounting (PSNFPA) Special Interest Group are:

  •  To facilitate research by its members into public sector and not-for-profit accounting via peer review of research grants applications.

  • To provide services to members that enhance interaction among those with public sector and not-for-profit interests through face-to-face meetings, e-mails, electronic publications and other activities.

  • To provide research development and academic support to members through peer review of their working papers for journal submissions.

  • To help establish links with academics, practitioners and institutions, locally and internationally, with similar interests.

  • To assist the AFAANZ annual doctoral colloquium initiative by encouraging public sector and not-for-profit HDR students to attend the AFAANZ colloquium.

  • To do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above aims.

Public Sector and Not-for-Profit Interest Group (SIG 6) Symposium 2024

Call for Abstracts   

Theme:   Impact reporting and sustainability disclosures - The way forward for public and NFP research.

Venue:    Cordis Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
Date:      Sunday 30 June 2024
Time:     10:00 am to 1:00 pm  

Join us in Auckland for the 2024 AFAANZ Public Sector and Not-for-Profit Accounting forum. The session presents the opportunity to hear from an expert panel on research relating to impact reporting and sustainability disclosures, and for presenters to receive feedback from the panel.



April MacKenzie joined the External Reporting Board (XRB) as Chief Executive in December 2019 and is responsible for leading the organisation to achieve its mission and strategic objectives. This includes oversight of the XRB's operations, people, policies, processes, and governance.  The External Reporting Board (XRB) helps maintain trust and confidence, accountability, and transparency across the private, public, and not-for profit sectors through the delivery of
high-quality accounting, audit and assurance, and climate reporting standards.
April has extensive experience in external reporting and standard setting both in New Zealand and internationally. 


Dr Cherrie Yang joined Massey University as a Senior Lecturer in Accountancy in 2023. Cherrie has a strong research focus on charity accounting and accountability, outcome and impact measurement, non-financial performance reporting and assurance. Her research has been published in top accounting journals (ABDC A*) including Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, The British Accounting Review, and Financial Accountability & Management Journal, among others.



Maggie Man joined the AASB in May 2021 and is working on the Not-for-profit Financial Reporting Framework project.

Prior to this, Maggie was a senior accountant at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

We invite interested persons to email an abstract of 250 words (max.) to Dr Ushi Ghoorah ( by 21 May 2024. Applicants will be notified by 24 May 2024. A one-page summary of the study/ research project will be required by 18 June 2024.

SIG Registration Information

·       See conference registration page

For queries, please contact SIG 6 Chair: Dr Ushi Ghoorah


To become a member of the PSNFPA SIG you will first need to become a member of AFAANZ. The fee for AFAANZ membership is AU$137.50 including GST for applicants residing in Australia and AU$125 for applicants residing outside Australia. Note that membership is based on a calendar year.

The fee for the PSNFPA 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.


Chair:  Dr Ushi Goorah, School of Business, University of Western Sydney

Vice-Chair: Dr Janet Mack, School of Accountancy, Queensland University of Technology

Secretary:  Dr Kylie Kingston, School of Accountancy, Queensland University of Technology

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