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2017 AFAANZ Conference

2017 AFAANZ Conference

Sunday, 2 July – Tuesday, 4 July

Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide, Australia

Presidents welcome

It is with great pleasure that the Board of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) formally invites you to attend the 57th Annual Conference at the Hilton Adelaide, Victoria Square, Adelaide, Australia from 2-4 July 2017.

The AFAANZ Conference continues to provide a variety of outstanding speakers and topics including keynote addresses from Professor Steven Cahan, University of Auckland, Professor Doug Foster, University of Sydney and Professor April Klein, New York University. There will also be a number of panel sessions and panel discussions with invited speakers.

The number of excellent papers submitted from Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the USA is indicative of continued international interest. Over three days, the conference offers you a brilliant opportunity to network with colleagues from around the globe, as well as giving you an update on the latest developments in the broad range of accounting and finance research.

The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) will be holding their symposia at the conference. Most will be holding this on 1 and 2 July, i.e., Auditing and Assurance, Accounting History, Accounting Standards, Qualitative Research in Accounting Network, Accounting Education, Behavioural Finance and Management Accounting. The Calibration of Learning Standards SIG will have their meeting on 5 July. The SIGs provide valuable professional development and excellent networking opportunities with leading members of the profession.

The very successful Women’s Mentoring Program will again be offered on Sunday morning. This year, the workshop will focus on Engagement & Impact research proposals and working in research teams. We are running a ‘Rookie Camp’ for the first time in 2017. The Rookie Camp is designed for PhD students who are finishing up their theses and are on the job market. Rookies will be provided with 15 minutes to present a summary of their research. In this way the conference provides an opportunity for rookies and schools to meet each other.

Another exciting development is that the fifth international conference of the Journal of International Research (JIAR) will be on 1-2 July in Adelaide and will be hosted by the School of Accounting and Finance, The University of Adelaide. The key note speaker for this conference is Professor Mary E. Barth from Stanford University. For anyone attending the JIAR conference and attending AFAANZ immediately after, there will be a reduced rate for the AFAANZ conference. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

The AFAANZ conference continues to offer a quality program with renowned speakers and enjoyable social functions. It also provides an opportunity to engage with our platinum sponsors – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia along with a wide range of exhibitors.

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2017 AFAANZ Conference in Adelaide, Australia.

Ray da Silva Rosa

AFAANZ President (Australia)

Chris van Staden

AFAANZ President (New Zealand)


Early Bird Registration Closes Friday 19 May
Doctoral Symposium Wednesday, 28 June to Friday, 30 June
Conference Sunday, 2 July to Tuesday, 4 July
Conference Dinner Tuesday 4 July


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All participants are required to officially register. Prices quoted are in Australian dollars and are inclusive of 10% GST.



Early Bird (payment received prior to or on 19 May) @ $880.00

Full Registration (payment received after 19 May) @ $990.00

Please ensure you are a current member of AFAANZ first if you are registering at the member rate.

Non Members

Early Bird (payment received prior to or on 19 May) @ $1110.00

Full Registration (payment received after 19 May) @ $1220.00



Auditing and Assurance Special Interest Group (SIG1)

Sunday, 2 July – 8.30am to 1.00pm

$100 $125

Accounting History Special Interest Group (SIG2)

Saturday, 1 July – 9.00am to 4.00pm

$85 $100

Accounting Standards Special Interest Group (SIG3)

Saturday, 1 July – 8.30am to 5.00pm

$120 $140

Qualitative Research in Accounting Network Special Interest Group (SIG4)

Sunday, 2 July – 8.00am to 1.00pm

Free $60.00

Accounting Education Special Interest Group (SIG5)

Saturday, 1 July – 8.30am to 5.00pm


(Includes dinner)


(Includes dinner)

Behavioural Finance Special Interest Group (SIG7)

Saturday, 1 July - 8.30am to 2pm

$35 $50

Management Accounting Special Interest Group (SIG8)

Saturday, 1 July – 6.00pm to 9.30pm


(Includes dinner)


(Iincludes dinner)

Calibration of Learning Standards (SIG9)

Saturday, 5 July – 9.30am to 4.00pm

$50.00 $50.00

SIG only registration



Reduced fee

Reduced Fee @ $660.00The reduced rate is applicable to:

  • AFAANZ members who are research students. To be eligible, the student must be a full time higher degree research student or full time honours student currently enrolled or within the first year of graduating.
  • Retired Professors who are current members of AFAANZ. To be eligible, the retired professor should have been a member of AFAANZ for at least 20 years and no longer in full time employment.
  • AFAANZ members who are attending the conference for the first time. To be eligible, this must be the individual’s first AFAANZ annual conference registration. For enquiries about the reduced rate, please contact AFAANZ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as this is not available in the online registration.

For enquiries about the reduced rate, please contact AFAANZ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as this option is not available in the online registration.


  • Entry to all sessions and exhibition area
  • Conference satchel and name badge
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Welcome reception (Sunday, 2 July)
  • Networking Hour (Monday, 3 July)
  • Conference Dinner (Tuesday, 4 July)


All registrations will be acknowledged via email upon receipt of completed registration form and full payment.

Cancellations policy on registrations

Cancellations received in writing to The Conference Manager prior to 1 June 2017 will receive a fifty percent (50%) refund. No refund will be given after this date; however, an alternative delegate name may be submitted. All cancellations and substitutions must be made in writing.

Privacy statement

Information provided by delegates at the time of registration will be used to administer the conference, including accommodation, catering, sponsorship and exhibition. Data obtained will remain the property of The Conference Manager and the 2017 AFAANZ annual conference.


AFAANZ including The Conference Manager and their servants, agents, contractors and consultants will not accept liability for the damages of any nature sustained by participants or their accompanying persons or loss damage to their personal property as a result of the AFAANZ annual conference.



The Conference Manager will coordinate your accommodation requirements for your visit to Adelaide. An attractive Hilton Room rate of AU$210 per night inclusive of GST (breakfast is not included) has been negotiated for conference delegates at Hilton Adelaide, however we encourage you to book early as the prices quoted are subject to availability. Please note that breakfast will be available for guests at a rate of $25.00. The hotel will confirm breakfast with you at check in.

  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Flexibility to change or cancel your booking at any time up to 30 working days prior to the conference start date
  • Reap the benefits of booking with the Conference Managers


Please indicate your accommodation requirements when completing your registration and provide credit card details to guarantee your booking. These details will be passed onto the accommodation property and FULL payment will be required by the property on check out. Accommodation will be allocated strictly in order of receipt of registration form and payment. Accommodation rates are for room only and do not include breakfast.


Your accommodation account and any incidental charges must be paid in full, directly to the accommodation property, on departure.


Check in time for the conference property is from 3.00pm. Please advise The Conference Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you will be arriving before this time as you may be required to book the previous night to guarantee immediate access to your room.


The conference accommodation property imposes strict release dates of 30 days prior to arrival; therefore any bookings made after 1 June 2017 will be subject to availability.


Cancellations made within 30 days prior to arrival will receive a 100% cancellation fee of the cost of cancelled services.


Any changes (including cancellations) to a reservation must be made in writing to The Conference Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and not directly to the accommodation property.

REGISTER for the Conference and Accommodation


PRE CONFERENCE - AFAANZ Doctoral Symposium

Wednesday, 28 June to Friday, 30 June


  • AFAANZ Special Interest Group Symposia
  • 08.30–14.00 Behavioural Finance Special Interest Group (SIG7)
  • 08.30–17.00 Accounting Education Special Interest Group (SIG5)
  • 08.30–17.00 Accounting Standards Special Interest Group (SIG3)
  • 09.00–16.00 Accounting History Special Interest Group (SIG2)
  • 18.00–21.30 Management Accounting Special Interest Group (SIG8)


  • AFAANZ Special Interest Group Symposia
  • 08.00–13.00 Qualitative Research in Accounting Network Interest Group (SIG4)
  • 08.30–13.00 Auditing and Assurance Special Interest Group (SIG1)
  • 09.00–12.30 Women’s Mentoring Program
  • 13.00–17.00 Registration
  • 13.30–14.30 HoD Meeting
  • 14.30–14.45 President’s Message
  • 14.45–16.00 Plenary Session 1
  • 15.00–19.00 Exhibitions open
  • 16.00–16.30 Afternoon Tea
  • 16.30–17.30 Panel Discussion
  • 17.30–18.00 First time AFAANZ Conference Attendees Meeting
  • 18.00–19.00 Welcome Reception


  • 08.30–18.30 Exhibitions open
  • 08.30–10.00 Concurrent Session 1
  • 09.30–16.30 Research Interative Sessions
  • 10.00–10.30 Morning Tea
  • 10.30–11.30 Panel Discussion
  • 10.30–11.30 Concurrent Session 2
  • 11.40–13.10 Plenary Session 2
  • 13.10–13.50 Lunch
  • 13.50–14.50 Concurrent Session 3
  • 15.00–16.00 Concurrent Session 4
  • 16.00–16.30 Afternoon Tea
  • 16.30–18.00 Panel Discussion
  • 18.00–19.00 Networking hour


  • 08.30–16.00 Exhibitions open
  • 08.30–09.30 Concurrent Session 5
  • 09.40–10.40 Concurrent Session 6
  • 10.40–11.10 Morning Tea
  • 11.10–12.40 Plenary Session 3
  • 12.40–13.30 Lunch
  • 13.30–15.00 Concurrent Session 7
  • 15.00–15.30 Afternoon Tea
  • 15.30–17.00 Concurrent Session 8
  • 19.30–20.00 Pre-dinner Drinks
  • 20.00–23.45 Conference Dinner/Dance and Awards Ceremony


  • 09.30-16.00 Calibration of Learning Standards (SIG 9)
    Note: Registration for SIG 9 is here

Every effort has been made to present, as accurately as possible, all of the information contained in the program. Neither AFAANZ, the Technical Committee, The Conference Manager Pty Ltd, its Agents or Servants, nor the sponsors will be held responsible for any changes in the structure or content of the technical program and any general or specific information published relative to the program.
AFAANZ reserves the right to change any or all of the content.©AFAANZ 2017. All rights reserved.



For further information regarding the SIG sessions on Saturday, 1 July and Sunday, 2 July, please refer to the AFAANZ conference website.


The conference will include papers without discussant sessions which entail short presentations of research papers.


Research Interactive Sessions will be held on both Monday and Tuesday. The most engaging paper displayed in the Research Interactive (Poster) Session will receive an AU$1,000 award which will be presented at the Conference dinner.


Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand & CPA Australia recognise that AFAANZ conference participation may count towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours to the extent that learning activities have taken place. To claim your hours you will need to maintain records confirming your participation, which may consist of receipts, attendance lists, or a confirmation notice from AFAANZ.

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Steven F Cahan Photo S Cahan

Steven Cahan is a Professor of Financial Accounting at the University of Auckland Business School. His current research interests include financial reporting, auditing, extra-financial information, the media, and social norms. He has published over 65 academic research articles and currently serves on nine editorial boards. Steven is a past President of AFAANZ and is a Life Member of AFAANZ. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of Accounting & Finance from 2012-2014 and was an AFAANZ Visiting Professor in 2016.Steven is a Chartered Accountant and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand. He has been the Moderator for the Institute's Professional Accounting School, served on the Academic Committee, and chaired the Research/PhD Scholarships Committee. Prior to the merger of the Australian and New Zealand CA bodies, Steven regularly contributed to the Institute's Chartered Accountants Journal writing a bi-monthly column. At a global level, he has been involved with the International Federation of Accountants as a member of the Consultative Advisory Group for the International Accounting Education Standards Board.In 2006 and 2012, Steven was named to the Business and Economics Peer Review Panel for the New Zealand government’s six-yearly Performance Based Research Funding (PBRF) exercise. In 2005, 2010, and 2016, he received the Research Excellence Award for Sustained Research from the University of Auckland Business School.Steven is a founding co-organiser of the Auckland Region Accounting Conference, NZ Quantitative Accounting Research Symposium, and NZ Quantitative Accounting Research Doctoral Consortium. He was the inaugural PhD Director for the University of Auckland Business School from 2006-2009. His PhD is from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

F Douglas Foster

F. Douglas Foster is a Professor of Finance at The University of Sydney Business School. He has held faculty positions at the University of Technology Sydney, Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, The Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, and The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.He was awarded the Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in 1987. His research interests include the use of information-based techniques in market design, funds management, investment banking, corporate finance, and risk management. He has also written experimental and qualitative papers in behavioural finance with a growing focus on individual retirement savings decisions.Professor Foster has taught a range of courses including Applied Securities Management, Behavioral Finance, Corporate Finance, Corporate Restructuring, Corporate Valuation, Financial Information Technology, Financial Management, Futures and Options, Information and Finance, International Finance, Investments, and Investment Banking.

April Klein

April Klein is a full professor in the Accounting Department at the Stern School of Business at New York University and holds the title of WBS Distinguished Research Environment Professor at the Warwick Business School. Her research focuses on corporate governance, hedge fund activism and trading, earnings management, valuation, and corporate finance issues. Her latest research deals with the use of semi-public information by market participants. She also has revisited the question of audit committee independence in a forthcoming paper in The Accounting Review.April Klein received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Business (now Booth) at the University of Chicago. She joined NYU’s faculty in 1987, where she teaches classes in financial accounting, financial statement analysis, and mergers and acquisitions.She has also taught accounting, finance, and corporate governance classes at Columbia Law School, New York University Law School, Baruch College, and Warwick Business School.Currently, she is on the editorial and advisory board of The Contemporary Accounting Research and The Journal of Corporate Finance. She has testified before the New Jersey Casino Commission, has been a member of the NASDAQ Listing and Hearing Review Council, and assisted the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs on their report evaluating the SEC’s investigation of Enron.April Klein lives in Manhattan with her husband, one daughter and a cat named Imogene.


AFAANZ thanks its Platinum partners for their ongoing sponsorship.

CPA Australia


We are grateful to the following organisations for their sponsorship of Best Papers at the Conference
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Australian National Centre
for Audit and Assurance Research
School of Accounting


Trade Exhibition

A Trade Exhibition will run concurrently with the Conference and provides delegates and exhibitors with excellent opportunities to network in a favourable environment that provides a central and energised meeting place for all participants.A range of sponsorship and exhibition packages are available at the AFAANZ annual conference. For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 






Hilton Adelaide lobby

Hilton Adelaide
233 Victoria Square, Adelaide, South Australia Overlooking Victoria Square, Hilton Adelaide is set in the heart of the city’s entertainment, shopping and dining precincts. The Central Market, Chinatown and Gouger Street - Adelaide’s most vibrant dining destinations – are also minutes away. Catch a tram from outside the hotel to seaside Glenelg, or along North Terrace to the Casino and the River Precinct.

How to get there:

From Adelaide Airport turn right onto Sir Donald Bradman Drive and continue until it turns into Grote Street. Turn right at Victoria Square and follow the square around, this will bring you to the front entrance Please note that the taxis faire will cost approximately AUD$15.00 to AUD$18.00.


South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, is a vibrant hub buzzing with life, boasting great food and wine at more than 700 restaurants cafes and pubs, great retail therapy in Rundle Mall and the ‘cultural boulevard’ of North Terrace. It is home to some of Australia’s best museums and the South Australian Art Gallery.Everything is so close in Adelaide, with the beach just 20 minutes by tram from the city centre, and many of the state’s regions within two hours drive.South Australia is the home of Australian wine, the state boasts 16 wine regions and more than 200 cellar doors within an hour’s drive of Adelaide.Its 12 tourism regions include famous wine destinations including the Barossa and the Clare Valley, the natural wonderland of Kangaroo Island, the most accessible outback in Australia, which includes the famed Flinders Ranges, the relaxing and beautiful River Murray and the seafood frontier of the Eyre Peninsula.On the Fleurieu Peninsula you will find great beaches and nearby wine regions, while the Yorke Peninsula is the perfect summer family getaway.

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