Balancing work and lifestyle : an exploratory study of chartered accountants in Australia

Leung, Philomena and Richardson, Peter 2007, Balancing work and lifestyle : an exploratory study of chartered accountants in Australia, in AFAANZ 2007 : accounting and finance association of Australia and New Zealand annual conference, [Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand], [Gold Coast, Qld].

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Title Balancing work and lifestyle : an exploratory study of chartered accountants in Australia
Author(s) Leung, Philomena
Richardson, Peter
Conference name Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand. Conference (2007 : Gold Coast, Qld.)
Conference location Gold Coast, Qld.
Conference dates 1-3 Jul. 2007
Title of proceedings AFAANZ 2007 : accounting and finance association of Australia and New Zealand annual conference
Publication date 2007
Publisher [Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand]
Place of publication [Gold Coast, Qld]
Summary In today’s work environment, achieving a work-life balance is not only desirable, for employers it is a necessity to maintain a healthy workforce. Accounting careers are impacted by many factors, including technology and an increasing complexity in the demands for financial services, with resulting changes in where, when and how accountants perform their jobs. In addition, due to the general skills shortage faced by the businesses, the need for work-life balance has become a key determining factor for decisions regarding career choices.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (The Institute) has embarked on a long term goal of developing a work environment which helps Chartered Accountants (CAs) to gain work-life balance to complement the demand of the workforce. Three studies have been completed. The first study was conducted in 1995 in which the career expectations and barriers for women Chartered Accountants were examined amongst CAs in Victoria. In 2001, a follow-up survey of both male and female CAs was conducted in Victoria and Tasmania. The present study reports on the latest part of the project – a national survey of all 6,600 CAs regarding their work-life balance and expectations. This paper discusses the trend established by the three studies, and identifies some interesting scenarios of the accounting careers for CAs in Australia.
Language eng
Field of Research 150499 Commercial Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940504 Work and Family Responsibilities
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30014819

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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