University Of Tasmania

File(s) under permanent embargo

The Local Government Accountants’ Perspective on Sustainability

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-18, 07:49 authored by Belinda WilliamsBelinda Williams
Purpose - This study focuses on the local government accountants’ perspective towards their current and potential role in the sustainability reporting process and explores potential factors influencing the further development of their role. Design/Methodology/Approach - A mail survey approach was adopted across local government organisations with deeper analysis provided through semi-structured interviews. Findings - Findings indicate that accountants are supportive of involvement in sustainability reporting but their actual level differs significantly from the level of involvement they believe they should have, pointing to the existence of an execution gap. Potential factors are investigated, highlighting the limited integration of sustainability beyond the organisational level, the lack of understanding of sustainability by accountants and the current need for further up-skilling by accountants. Research Limitations/Implications - The study enhances understanding of the accountant’s perception towards sustainability reporting practices within the public sector, with particular focus on local government. Originality/Value - This is an exploratory study examining an area of accounting in local government which there are few others. It seeks to contribute to the literature by exploring and examining the accountant’s perception towards sustainable development and their current and future prospects in the reporting process in the local government sector in Australia.


Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Ltd


Publication title

Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal










Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Place of publication

United Kingdom

Rights statement

Copyright 2015 Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies