Federation Business School

Prof Brian West

LocationMt Helen,
Building B,
Phone5327 9406


  • BBus


Sociology of the accounting profession, public sector accounting, accounting theory and accounting history


Accounting history, public sector and not-for-profit accounting, accounting theory

Grants and awards

Winner of the 2008 Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award, sponsored by the American Accounting Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

ARC Linkage Grant (2010): "An approach top reserving accounting and business archival materials: enhancing accessibility to inform research and practice".

CPA Australia Public Sector Research Grant (2006): "Price setting within Australian local government". CPA Australia Not-for-Profit Research Grant(2005): "Financial reporting and accountability in charitable organisations".


Full publication list

Elhawary, H and West, B., 2014 forthcoming, "All for nothing? Accounting for land under roads by Australian local governments", Australian Accounting Review. Vol. 25,No. 1.

Moyeen, A. and West, B., 2014, "Promoting CSR to Foster Sustainable Development: Attitudes and Perceptions of Managers in a Developing Country", Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration. Vol. 6, No. 2.

Sidhu, J. and West, B.,2014, "The emergent Institute of Chartered Accountants of India: An upper-caste profession", Accounting History. Vol. 19, No. 2.

Carnegie, G.D., Sidaway, S. and West, B.,2013, "A Chaotic Field of Practice:Financial Reporting of the Library Collections of Australia's Public Universities, 2007–2011", Australian Academic & Research Libraries, Vol. 44, No. 4.

Cobbin, P., Dean, G., Esslemont, C.,Ferguson, P., Keneley, M., Potter, B. and West, B., 2013 "Enhancing the Accessibility of Accounting and Business Archives: The Role of Technology in Informing Research in Accounting and Business", Abacus, Vol. 49, No. 3.

Dellaportas, S., Langton, J. and West, B.,2012, "Governance and Accountability in Australian Charitable Organisations:Perceptions from CFOs", International Journal of Accounting and Information Management, Vol. 20, No. 3.

Gomes, D., Carnegie, G., Napier, C., Parker,L. and West, B., 2011, "Does Accounting History Matter?", Accounting History, Vol. 16, No. 4.

Carnegie, G., Tuck, J. and West, B., 2011, "Price Setting Practices in Australian Local Government", Australian Accounting Review, Vol. 21, No. 2.

Carnegie, G.D. and West, B., 2010, "A conceptual analysis of price setting in Australian local Government", Australian Accounting Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 110-120.

West, B.P. and Carnegie, G.D., 2010, "Accounting's chaotic margins: financial reporting of the library collections of Australia's public universities, 2002-2006", Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 201-228.

Menezes, C.A., Carnegie. G.D. and West, B., 2009, "The Accountability of Public Museums in Portugal: An Exploration of Issues", Portuguese Journal of Accounting and Management, Vol. 6.

Carnegie, G.D., Foreman,P. and West, B.P., 2006, "F.E. Vigars' Station Book-keeping: A specialist text enabling the adaptation and transfer of accounting technology", Accounting Historians Journal, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 103-130.

Carnegie, G.D. and West, B.P., 2005, "Making accounting accountable in the public sector", Critical Perspectives on Accounting, vol. 16, pp. 905-928.

Carnegie, G.D.,Edwards, J.R. and West, B.P., 2003, "Understanding the dynamics of the Australian accounting profession: A prosopographical study of the founding members of the Incorporated Institute of Accountants, Victoria, 1886 to 1908", Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol. 16, no. 5, pp.790-820.

Carnegie, G.D. and West, B.P. 2003, "How well does accrual accounting fit the public sector?", Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 62, no. 2, pp.83-6.

West, B.P. 2001, "On the social history of accounting: The Bank Audit by Bruce Marshall", Accounting History, NS vol. 6, no.1, pp. 11-30.

Association and memberships

  • CPA Australia
  • Academy of Accounting Historians