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Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance

About Us

Accounting and Corporate Governance (ACG) is the largest Department in the Faculty of Business and Economics, with close to 60 academics in accounting, auditing, information systems, and business law. The Department is home to a group of experts who publish world class research and undertake high level scholarship activities both within Australia and internationally.

Their expertise ranges from financial and management reporting, risks, corporate governance, ethics and information systems and development.  The latest establishment of the International Governance and Performance (IGAP) Research Centre showcases the Departments long term standing in the areas of accounting and corporate governance.

The Department aims to foster strong continuing relationship with industry and the professions through the provision of relevant education programs in accounting and corporate governance, the dissemination of world class research and scholarship activities.  

The Department enjoys strong support from the professional accounting bodies, firms, and international businesses.  For example, its Advisory Board members consist of senior representatives from Australian and global accounting bodies, firms, and the Public Sector.  Its IGAP Research Centre receives a significant amount of sponsorship from CPA Australia.  

Our academic staff members are dynamic and research active. Our key research strengths include:

  • International Financial Reporting
  • Auditing, Assurance and Risk Management
  • Ethics, ethics education and Governance
  • Interdisciplinary and Critical Perspective in accounting
  • Business Information Systems and Social Networks
  • International Business Law and Taxation

We provide degree programs in accounting and corporate governance at undergraduate and postgraduate levels with an active research environment supporting PhD and research degrees.

The Department supports the Faculty of Business and Economics by providing a supportive and welcoming environment.  We embrace diversity, tolerance and freedom of expression.


Career prospects are good and our recent Macquarie Accounting graduates achieved the highest starting salaries of any of the Accounting graduates from Australian Universities.

Professional Accreditation

CPA Australia, the Chartered Accounts Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the  Institute of Public Accountants have accepted Macquarie University as an approved tertiary institution for the purpose of their membership qualifications.


New undergraduate programs include combinations of accounting with marketing and with organisational behaviour and the Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Applied Finance, as well as a variety of other double degrees. The new major of Business Information Systems is an innovative program that combines information systems and business intelligence.

The Department offers Sydneys first Master of Corporate Governance that enhances the corporate governance skills of professionals.  

Macquarie also provides extensive opportunities for inter-disciplinary studies; individually designed programs, which can accommodate both foreseen and unforeseen changes to students' circumstances; and the possibility of internal transfer to Accounting after six months of full-time study in alternative Macquarie programs.

The Macquarie Experience

Macquarie University has a safe, quiet and pleasantly green environment. Situated in the northern suburbs of Sydney, Macquarie is conveniently close to shops and transport and incorporates the Macquarie University Research Park which is ideally positioned to attract successful organisations to North Ryde, Australia's leading high-technology precinct, and to provide opportunities for collaborative research with leading edge companies.

We have a strong commitment to research with an active seminar series, a vibrant Honours program, and generous financial support for research.