I have a diverse experiential background across a range of applied policy fields within accounting, economics, finance and government program delivery. Prior to entering academia, I had an extensive career in public service ranging from border protection to financial information and planning and policy development.I am particularly interested in solving issues around social economic justice, regional development, agribusiness, public interest and the professions, and the provision of accounting services in rural and regional areas of Australia, in particular professional development issues for regional and remote accountants.My current research interest lies in the area of rural and regional accountants and the development of social capital and its link to long-term community sustainability. This interest has been a direct development from my PhD research, and I continue to work toward better networks and support for regional accountants and the communities that they serve. My research is based on a qualitative interpretive accounting research approach, with particular interests in existential phenomenology, the German school of idealism, Heideggerian hermeneutic philosophy, and the phenomenological research methods of Clark Moustakas.During my academic career I have developed extensive teaching experience across all levels of the undergraduate accounting major, including the foundational BU1002 Accounting for Decision Making, BX2011 Accounting Principles and Systems, BX2019 Business Information Systems and BX3012 Contemporary Issues in Accounting. I also coordinate and teach into postgraduate subjects such as CO5129 Ethics and Governance, and CO5123 Advanced Issues in Accounting. My teaching is student focused and I work toward academic practice that encourages engagement and retention while maintaining rigorous and authentic assessment to produce high quality, workplace ready, 'thinking' accountants. I am a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and a Qualified Justice of the Peace.

I am currently a member of CITBA, the Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia based in Singapore. The Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA) aims to bring together scholars and practitioners in the areas of international trade, economic policy, and business in Asia. We aim to develop exceptional research that is internationally recognized, provides meaningful advancements of knowledge and has strong practical and policy implications for the university, the region and beyond.

  • BU1902: Accounting for Decision Making (Level 1; CNS)
  • BX2011: Accounting Principles and Systems (Level 2; CNS)
  • BX3012: Contemporary Issues in Accounting (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • Rural and Regional Accounting Practice, Social Capital, AgriBusiness, Accounting Education, Social Economic Justice and Equity, Regional Development
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2016 - 2016 -Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, James Cook University
  • 2017 - CPA Member

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Accounting & Finance Association of Australia & New Zealand - Research Fund

Accountants? Preferences for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Regional Areas

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It is a requirement for continuing membership of accounting professions in Australia (for instance CAANZ and CPA Australia) for members to complete a minimum of twenty hours of CPD a year, building to one hundred and twenty hours every three years. Little data exists in the public domain regarding the kinds of professional development that are currently demanded by accounting professionals, including whether those choices are digital or face-to-face and whether they are technical or non-technical in nature. The project will use semi-structured interviews and NVivo to uncover how rural accountants meet the CPD requirements of the professional bodies and whether they engage in lifelong learning.
Dale Wadeson and Sue Ciccotosto (College of Business and Law & Governance)
Accounting profession; Regional; Rural; Continuing professional development

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