2 March 2022
Two pioneers of accounting have been inducted into the Australian Accounting Hall of Fame for their considerable achievements and contributions to the field.
The Australian Accounting Hall of Fame is contained within the Department of Accounting at the University of Melbourne. Managed by the Department's Centre for Accounting and Industry Partnerships (CAIP), the annual awards ceremony was sponsored by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Inductees are nominated by their peers and selected by a review panel comprising senior members from industry, government and academia in Australia.
In 2022, for the second time, the event was presented digitally, resulting in the largest possible audience yet to engage with the Hall.
Professor Patricia Dechow and the late Mr Chesleigh Baragwanath AO were formally recognised at the 13th annual awards ceremony for the Australian Accounting Hall of Fame.
This year’s Colin Ferguson Oration was delivered by Mr Bill Edge, current chair of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB), and a member of both the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and Australia’s Financial Reporting Council (which he previously chaired). A former partner at PwC, in 2021 he was inducted into the Australian Accounting Hall of Fame.
Accounting in Australia has a long and distinguished history. There have been many individuals whose achievements, both alone and in combination with others, have been significant and whose impact on the discipline has been profound. The Australian Accounting Hall of Fame seeks to identify and recognise these individuals and their contributions.