High standards at 2013 Australian Accounting Hall of Fame Annual Dinner

Now in its fourth year, the Australian Accounting Hall of Fame continues to provide recognition to accountants who have made a significant contribution to the field in Australia. Thirteen eminent accountants from across the country have been honoured to date.

The Australian Accounting Hall of Fame resides in the Department of Accounting at the University of Melbourne. Administered by the Department’s Centre for Accounting and Industry Partnerships (CAIP), the annual dinner was sponsored by CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.

The 2013 inductees included the late Emeritus Professor Allan Barton AM and the CEO and Chair of the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) Kevin Stevenson. The two men were formally honoured during an induction ceremony at the annual dinner held at The University of Melbourne.

Inductees were nominated by their peers and were selected by a committee comprised of senior members from industry, government and academia from around Australia.

Associate Professor Brad Potter, Director of Centre for Accounting and Industry Partnerships, acknowledged the achievements of the 2013 inductees.

The AAHoF strives to recognise and promote those who have contributed so much to accounting in Australia and as such, we are proud to induct into the Hall of Fame these two outstanding people whose accomplishments are exemplary of our mission

Dr. Phillip Cobbin, Director and Chair of Selectors of the Hall of Fame, said the evening provided an opportunity for reflection, “We are delighted to recognise the outstanding achievements of Kevin Stevenson and the late Emeritus Professor Allan Barton during an evening in which we honour and reflect on the developments and growth of our profession.”

Australian Accounting Hall of Fame 2013 inductees:

Allan Barton AM (1933-2012)
Emeritus Professor
Australian National University

Allan Barton has an outstanding record in all aspects of academic life.  As a teacher, he proudly and successfully taught generations of accounting students from introductory courses to doctoral students. His textbooks introduced a generation of students to financial and management accounting within a context of rigorous economic thinking.  Allan Barton’s academic output was prolific throughout a diverse and challenging career and continued long into his retirement years.

As a researcher, Allan contributed over a hundred journal and conference publications over a period of more than five decades. His contribution was made in a period that helped build the foundations of accounting as a discipline distinct from economics but built from economic foundations.  As an administrator, he held senior positions within the Australian National University.

Allan Douglas Barton was honoured by the Australian Accounting Hall of Fame as an educator, administrator, author and scholar of the highest order.

Kevin Stevenson
CEO and Chair
Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB)

The extensive developments in accounting standard setting over the last forty years are due, in no small part, to the career-long involvement of Kevin Stevenson.  Acknowledged as a leading authority in the global development of accounting standards he has been at the forefront of the evolution of accounting thought for much of his working life.

As Chair and CEO of the AASB, Kevin Stevenson provides high profile leadership for the Australian and international accounting profession. Using his encyclopaedic knowledge of, and experience in, the accounting standards setting process combined with a commitment to achieving financial truth in the public interest.

The Australian Accounting Hall of Fame honoured Kevin Stevenson as an administrator, mentor and standard-setter. In so doing, his immense contribution to standard-setting and acknowledged his international stature in this field was recognised.

 

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