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 2023 

Call for Abstracts   

Theme  : Next generation of researchers in the public and not-for-profit sectors

Format : Hybrid (Onsite venue: The Star on the Gold Coast & Online: Zoom)

Date     : Sunday 02 July 2023

Time     : 10:00 am to 1:00 pm  

Join us in Gold Coast for the 2023 AFAANZ Public Sector and Not-for-Profit Accounting forum. This hybrid event will focus on building the next generation of researchers in the public and not-for-profit sectors and presents the opportunity to hear from an expert panel, as well as for presenters to receive feedback on their research.


  • Professor Carolyn Cordery
  • Dr Janet Mack
  • Anthony Heffernan
  • Maggie Man

Call for Abstracts

The forum provides an opportunity for academics, research candidates, and practitioners to present their study/research project to an expert panel and receive feedback on how to extend the contribution and/or impact of that study/research project.

We invite interested persons to email an abstract of 250 words (max.) to Dr Ushi Ghoorah ( by 31 May 2023. Applicants will be notified by 14 June 2023. A one-page summary of the study/ research project will be required by 18 June 2023.

SIG Registration Information

No charge for in-person or online attendance. To register, click HERE

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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