A useful attribute of the audit committee is to have accounting financial experts on that committee of the Board. Defond, Haan and Hu (2005) argue there is a positive market reaction to the appointment of such experts. This study analyses how many qualified accountants there are on the Boards of Australia’s largest companies. The study finds that, while many Boards have at least one qualified financial accountant on their audit committee, the great majority of members are not qualified accountants. The paper considers whether this paucity of professionally qualified accountants on audit committees has any implications for the curriculum development and learning objectives of corporate governance and related topic areas within the disciplines of accounting and auditing in undergraduate and graduate professional accounting programs within the international tertiary education sector?
|Keywords:||Audit Committees, Accounting Qualifications, Boards of Directors|
Deputy Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, Australia
Senior Lecturer, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, Australia
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