Tag Archives: policy

Accountancy firms – do they want their graduates to perform bank reconciliations or to think?

Universities have long been criticised by professional practitioners as producing graduates who are not ‘job ready’.  A humourous litmus test is whether a new graduate employee can undertake a bank reconciliation. But the modern accounting graduate needs to be much smarter and well versed in far more than reconciliation as far as bank accounts are […]

Is the Accountancy profession past its use by date?

Who can say what will happen in 2061, 50 years hence? Scientists seem 100% certain Halley’s Comet whispered ‘I’ll be back’ when it last passed by the earth in 1986, before most people were born. But will the Accountancy profession be here to welcome it? Ask members of the profession, management of professional associations, academics, […]

Critical or managerialist – what drives sustainability accounting?

“Sustainability Accounting and Reporting: Fad or Trend?” by Roger L. Burritt and Stefan Schaltegger, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 23(7), 2010, pp. 829–846, is reviewed in the Social and Environmental Accountability Journal by Anna Young from the University of Sydney. Anna comments “Burritt and Schaltegger’s review of the extant sustainability accounting and reporting literature presents […]

SMEs change their business because of environmental concerns

The quarterly Sensis® Business Index in Australia has been tracking SME confidence and behaviour since February 1995. It surveys 1,800 metropolitan and regional SMEs from areas such as manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, hospitality, construction, communication, property, business services, health, community services, cultural and recreational industries. The June 2011 Index reports that looking at environmental […]