The introduction of accrual reporting policy in the Australian public sector
Ryan, Christine M. (1998) The introduction of accrual reporting policy in the Australian public sector. Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal, 11(5), pp. 518-539.
Governments in Australia are in the process of implementing accrual reporting for their departments and governments as a whole. The central issue of this paper is to provide an explanation as to how general purpose financial reporting became a significant issue for governments in Australia. Agenda setting literature provides the framework within which to analyse the specific events and strategies used by public sector accountants to promote accrual technologies. The main finding of the research is that accrual technologies have been promoted by public sector accountants working from within government institutions, and often aligned with the organised accounting profession. Prior to the late 1980s the Auditors-General were the main actors involved, however, more recently, accounting technologies have been promoted by accounting policy units within Treasuries and Departments of Finance. The paper concludes with a call for future research on the implications of such accounting changes for organisational and social functioning.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Australia, Public Sector Accounting Standards Board, public sector, public sector financial reporting, public sector accounting standards, Departments of Finance, Treasuries|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 1998 Emerald|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||09 Oct 2006 00:00|
|Last Modified:||05 Jan 2011 13:28|
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