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RJ Chambers Memorial Lecture

Hear from leading international accounting researchers
The RJ Chambers Memorial Lecture is delivered in honour of Professor Raymond John Chambers, the first full-time lecturer in accounting at the University of Sydney and a leading academic contributor to the art of accounting.

2018 Lecture

The International Accounting Standards Board: Reputation, Legitimacy and Happy Families

  • Keynote: Professor Ann Tarca, IASB Member
  • Date: Monday 29 October 2018

This lecture discussed the relationships of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) with its primary stakeholders.

Professor Tarca explored the contribution of diverse groups (including preparers, auditors, regulators, national standard setters, investors and academics) to standard setting and addressed these questions:

  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of these relationships? 
  • How have they developed and changed since the IASB formed in 2002? 
  • What threats and opportunities lie ahead for the IASB and the communities it serves?
Professor Ann Tarca

Keynote Speaker

Professor Ann Tarca, IASB Member

Professor Ann Tarca was appointed to the International Accounting Standards Board in July 2017. Her previous position was Professor at the University of Western Australia’s Business School. She qualified as a chartered accountant in 1985 and has a PhD in accounting from the University of Western Australia. She was an accounting teacher and researcher at the University from 1996 and a professor since 2011.

Professor Tarca served as a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) from 2014 to 2017 and was research director for the AASB from February 2017. She was an academic fellow of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation from 2011 to 2012. She has authored a text book on accounting and written a wide range of research papers related to IFRS Standards, for which she has received many awards. Professor Tarca is an active member of the international accounting academic community, having served on several boards and committees.

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Professor Sue Newberry, Discipline of Accounting, The University of Sydney Business School

Dr. Sue Newberry is a Professor of Accounting at The University of Sydney and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Sue researches in the use of accounting in public sector financial management reforms, and, accounting standard setting in both private and public sectors. Sue is an award-winning academic who serves on the editorial boards of several leading international journals.

Past lectures

  • 2016: Mary Barth, The Future of Financial Reporting: Insights from Research
  • 2014: Michael Power, Risk culture in financial organisations
  • 2012: David Tweedie, Standard Setting: Change Management - Revolution or Evolution
  • 2008: Kenneth Peasnell, Accounting Research and the Accounting Standard-setting Process: Has academic research made any difference?
  • 2007: Irvine Lapsley, New Public Management: The Cruellest Invention of the Human Spirit
  • 2006: Edward I. Altman, Current Conditions in the Distressed High Yield Bond and Bank Loan Markets and Outlook
  • 2005: George Foster, Management Control System Adoption Decisions: The When and The Why: Lessons from Early Stage Companies
  • 2004: Gary J. Previts, Giuseppe Galassi, John Edwards, Lessons from History and their Implications for Accounting Practice
  • 2003: Daniel Kahneman, The Psychology of Risk Taking
  • 2001: Walter Schuetze, A Memo to National and International Accounting and Auditing Standard Setters and Securities Regulators
  • 1994: Peter Knutson, Using Financial Statements: The Other Side of Accounting
  • 1992: Andrew Rogers, Today's Plaintiff: Tomorrow's Defendant: A Proper Allocation of Liability
  • 1990: A. Rashad Abdel-Khalik, The Messy Culture of GAAP: The Need for Two Sets of Financial Statements
  • 1989: Michael Bromwich, The Revolution in Management Accounting
  • 1988: Robert Swieringa, An Anatomy of an Accounting Standard: Accounting for Income Taxes
  • 1985: Robert Sterling, An Essay on Recognition