RMIT Accounting Educators’ Conference 2022

RMIT Accounting Educators’ Conference 2022

Monday 28 November, 2022

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RMIT University’s School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain, together with CPA Australia, warmly invite you to attend the RMIT Accounting Educators’ Conference 2022.

RMIT has a proud history of hosting this annual event for thirteen consecutive years. The conference welcomes the exchange of ideas and information about research, education, projects, practice and policies.

The RMIT Accounting Educators’ Conference provides participants with the opportunity to:


Explore the latest research developments in accounting education


Debate the future of accounting education


Learn from the experience of others

Held Monday 28 November, 2022, the AEC conference will feature a keynote address, a panel of guest speakers and parallel sessions with accounting and education scholars. The conference provides a forum for sharing and shaping ideas, insight, and discussion on accounting education and related research that support the underlying theme of the conference.

Announcing our keynote speaker

We are pleased to announce that Dr Keith Kendall will be our keynote speaker at the RMIT Accounting Educators’ Conference.

Dr Keith Kendall was appointed Chair of the Australian Accounting Standards Board in May 2020. During the previous 25 years, he has worked in a variety of roles in accounting, law and taxation, including in academia, government and public practice. He has also held (and continues to hold) a number of volunteer roles in the not-for-profit sector, including with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. A Fellow of CPA Australia and a member of CAANZ, he is a former member of CPA Australia’s Taxation Centre of Excellence. As part of his role on the AASB, Dr Kendall also serves as a member of the (Australian) Financial Reporting Council and the New Zealand Accounting Standards Board.

The theme of the RMIT Accounting Educators’ Conference 2022 is “The role of accounting education as a conduit for Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) adoption”.

In a rapidly changing educational environment at international, national, and institutional levels, the theme of this year’s conference is both significant and topical. By attending this conference, you will be part of a community engaging in a dialogue about the future of accounting education.

Since the inception of the RMIT Accounting Educators’ Conference in 2010, this event has been proudly supported by CPA Australia who have helped to make this conference the leading event on the Asia Pacific accounting education calendar. We are most grateful to CPA Australia for their support and participation in this event.

We look forward to meeting you as a member of this community and hearing what you have to say.


Monday November 28, 2022

CPA Australia Melbourne Office, Level 20, 28 Freshwater Pl, Southbank

From 8.30am

Registration open. Coffee and Tea available!

9.00am –


Welcome to AEC 2022

Dr Meredith Tharapos and Dr Pavithra Siriwardhane, Conference Convenors

Acknowledgement of Country Conference Opening

Professor Robyn Moroney, Head, Department of Accounting, RMIT University Karen Hellwig, Executive General Manager Member Education, CPA Australia

9.30 am – 10.30am

Plenary Presentation

Dr Keith Kendall, Chair, Australian Accounting Standards Board

Sustainability Reporting: Where to from here?

10.30am –


Morning Refreshments

Concurrent Sessions

Professional Skills

Seminar Room 1

SDG’s in Curricula

Seminar Room 2

Assessment & Curricula

Seminar Room 3


Suraiyah Akbar

Sonia Magdziarz

Clara Nkhoma

11.00am –


Implementation of online discussion boards to enhance professional skills and business- news-habits of accounting students

Edward Tello Melendez, Monash University

Accounting post-graduate student views on the usefulness of a course teaching the United Nations sustainable development goals

Abdel K Halabi, Federation University

Student engagement with instructor-generated video

Karen McBride, University of Portsmouth, UK*

*Online presenter

11.30am –


Accounting education for Gen-Z: Lessons from student co-creation

Daniela Juric, Monash University

Enhancing the incorporation of sustainability accounting in accounting education in Australian universities: the perspective of academic staff

Marie Kavanagh, University of Southern Queensland

Higher order cognitive skills in accounting education: An Australian case study

Seedwell Sithole, University of Tasmania

12.00pm –


Engaging generation Greta in accounting teaching

Jennifer Rose, University of Manchester, UK

SDG 8 and modern slavery: An accounting education curriculum

Christine Helliar, University of South Australia

The role of accounting in society after the Covid-19 pandemic: Future directions of accounting education

Farzaneh Jalali, Latrobe University

12.30pm –


International accounting graduates (IAG) employment intentions and outcomes in Tasmania

Youyin Yu, University of Tasmania

Empower the future eco-warriors (Accountants) by embedding SDGs into active learning case studies (curriculum and assessments)

Xingdong Yan, Accounting Pod

Accounting curricula, climate crisis and carbon net-zero transition

Amrinder Khosa, University of Tasmania

1.00pm –



Concurrent Sessions

SDG’s in Curricula

Seminar Room 1

Professional Skills

Seminar Room 2

Student Engagement

Seminar Room 3


Lina Xu

Prabashi Dharmasiri

Kevin Thai

1.45pm –


Integrity of assessments in challenging times

Lorena Mitrione, Monash University

Ethics education and serious games

Clara Nkhoma & Sonia Magdziarz, RMIT University

Outcomes from the office of student success

Nicola Beatson, University of Otago

2.15pm –


Adopting collaborative learning to facilitate case-based learning: the case of an environmental management accounting course

Thuy Thanh Tran, University of Kassel, Germany*

*Online presenter

Communication skills in accounting: Awareness and fear

Martin Turner, Central Queensland University*

*Online presenter

Introducing indigenous perspectives into the accounting curriculum: An initiative for a national set of educational resources

Amanda White, University of Technology Sydney

2.45pm –


Reviewing the status of teaching sustainability accounting in accounting classrooms: Jordanian study

Merwiey Alaqrabaw, Hashemite University, Jordan*

*Online presenter

An analysis of students’ text- based interactions while collaboratively reading and annotating a financial reporting standard

Cecile Janse van Rensburg, University of Pretoria, South Africa*

*Online presenter

Cultural intelligence in the transnational teaching of accounting in Vietnam

Ha Nguyen, RMIT University, Vietnam*

*Online presenter

3.15pm –


Afternoon Refreshments

3.45pm –


Panel Discussion

Chair: Associate Professor Gillian Vesty, RMIT University

ESG: Opportunity or minefield?

Terence Jeyaretnam - APAC Leader & Partner, Climate Change & Sustainability, EY

Subhash Abhyawansa - Associate Professor in Accounting, Swinburne University of Technology Patrick Viljoen - Senior Manager ESG – Policy and Advocacy, CPA Australia

Jason Leonard - Partner, IBM Consulting, Australia/New Zealand

4.45pm –


Closing Address

Dr Meredith Tharapos and Dr Pavithra Siriwardhane, RMIT University

5.00pm –


Networking Drinks

Contact us

Conference Convenors

Name: Meredith Tharapos

Name: Pavithra Siriwardhane

About AEC

The RMIT Accounting Educators' Conference is a refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices of accounting education. The conference promotes collaborative excellence between members and institutions from practice and education. The aim of the Conference is to provide an opportunity for academics and professionals with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge knowledge gaps, strive for excellence in research and promote the evolution of accounting education in the development of future accounting professionals. The conference invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation, critiques, empirical analysis, practice, and performance evaluation.

The RMIT Accounting Educators’ Conference is held annually and was first held in 2010. Previous conference themes include:

  • 2021: Opportunities for accounting education in a post-COVID-19 world
  • 2020: The future of Accounting Education and Scholarship in the post-COVID-19 World
  • 2019: Moving from diversity to inclusion in accounting education
  • 2018: Out with the old, in with learning technologies
  • 2017: Research Quality in Accounting Education
  • 2016: Accounting Education: What it is, and what it is not
  • 2015: Responding to challenges: the future of accounting education
  • 2014: Responding to the unmet demands of accounting students and employers of accounting graduates: Challenges and advances in accounting education
  • 2013: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • 2012: The Changing Nature of Accounting Education: Compliance, Governance and Accountability
  • 2011: Accounting Education or Educating Accountants
  • 2010: The Inaugural RMIT Accounting Educators’ Conference

The 2022 RMIT Accounting Educators’ Conference is proudly sponsored by CPA Australia

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Sustainable Development Goals

RMIT recognises the important role the education sector can play not only supporting the SDGs agenda, but actually promoting and contributing to the achievement of all 17 Goals.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.