Are Financial Reports Still Useful to Investors? - Hobart


Kate Stanton Memorial Lecture 2018

Start Date

29th Aug 2018 5:30pm

End Date

29th Aug 2018 7:30pm


The University Club, Dobson Road, Sandy Bay campus

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Presented by

Dean Hanlon

Monash University

For decades, financial reports have been accepted by investors and other external stakeholders as the primary window into a company’s financial performance and position. In addition to being a critical information source of a company’s financial health, financial reports are also considered an important mechanism to maintain the integrity of capital markets around the world.

Recently, however, questions have been raised around the continuing usefulness of financial reports to investors, with international evidence indicating a decline in usefulness of financial reports to investors over time. The views emerging about financial reports around the world also resonate within the Australian financial reporting environment. With this in mind, research was undertaken on whether and, if so, how financial reports are useful for Australian investors.

The aim of this lecture is to contribute to the ongoing global debate into the value and relevance of financial reports by presenting the key findings of the Australian research and offering insights on the future of financial reporting.

Speaker Biography

imageDean Hanlon holds a PhD in accounting from Monash University and has over 20 years’ experience in academia. He has been recognised for his pedagogy at the faculty, university and national level as the recipient of several teaching excellence awards.

Dean’s current research interests are in financial reporting and taxation. He has been invited to present his research at numerous international and domestic conferences, as well as for several standard-setting bodies including the Australian Accounting Standards Board, the International Accounting Standards Board and the Accounting Standards Board in Canada. He has been the recipient of several competitive industry-based research grants and has published extensively in both international and domestic peer-reviewed journals.

Dean currently serves on CPA Australia’s External Reporting Centre of Excellence and acts as a subject matter expert for the professional programs of both CPA Australia and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

As an advocate for CPA Australia and the profession, Kate Stanton supported many programs, and encouraged young students and accountants to advance their careers. Kate was a Fellow of CPA Australia and a former Tasmanian Divisional Councillor, State President, Board Public Sector Committee representative and Chairperson of CPA Australia's Ethics and Corporate Governance Centre of Excellence.

CPA Australia's Tasmanian Division, in conjunction with University of Tasmania, hosts the Kate Stanton Memorial Lecture in her honour.