Phil Hancock


  • The University of Western Australia (M404), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Phil is Professor of Accounting and Director of Student Experience in the UWA Business School. He joined the UWA Business School in January 2002 from Murdoch University where he was Associate Professor of Accounting. Phil has extensive experience in accounting education, the regulation of corporate financial reporting, international accounting and management in both the educational and private sectors.

Phil completed a BCom with Honours and a Master of Commerce by thesis at the University of W.A.

He is a Fellow of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand. He is an active member of the profession and makes presentations to members of both bodies. He was President of the Western Australian Divison of CPA in 2017. 

Phil has received more than one million dollars in research grants and published more than 40 articles in leading accounting journals and a number of chapters in books and has presented papers at national and international conferences. He is also the co-author of one of the biggest selling MBA accounting text books in Australia.

Phil provides consulting and training to a wide range of organizations in the private and public sectors where he draws on his expertise in financial reporting and analysis, corporate governance and the use of the balanced scorecard.

He has taught courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In 2003, Phil was awarded a UWA Excellence in Teaching Award for Postgraduate Coursework. In 2006 Phil received a national Carrick Institute citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. In 2013, Phil received an award for outstanding contribution to accounting and finance education in Australia by the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand. In 2020 he received the CPA Australia WA Division, Divisional President’s Award for Excellence | Achievement in Academia.

Phil has held senior positions at UWA, ECU, and Murdoch Universities. He was also a Director and Chairman of the University Credit Union for 10 years.

Funding overview

Associate Professor Philip Hancock, Ms Lydia Kilcullen 2003, “Financial Reporting by Not-For-Profit Entities”, CPA Australia, Funds Approved: $18,180.00. RFCD:

Dr Ann Tarca, Emeritus Professor Philip Brown, Associate Professor Philip Hancock, Associate Professor David Woodliff 2005, “An Experimental Study of the Decision Usefulness of the IASB's Proposed Comprehensive Income Statement”, International Association for Accounting Education and Research, Funds Approved: $20,000.00. RFCD:

Associate Professor Philip Hancock, Professor James Zumwalt, Dr Domenico Gasbarro 2006, “The Impact of Taxation on Australian Credit Unions”, Filene Research Institute Inc, Funds Approved: $15,000.00. RFCD:

Australian Business Deans Council Associate Deans T&L Network steering group member awarded $100,000 grant from the Carrick Institute to conduct a scoping study of T&L research in the business discipline.

Professor Phil Hancock (project leader), Associate Professor Bryan Howieson (University of Adelaide),Associate Professor Marie Kavanagh (University of Southern Queensland), Dr Jenny Kent (Charles Sturt University), Associate Professor Irene Tempone (Swinburne University of Technology). Awarded $100,000 grant from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council to conduct a discipline based study on accounting education.

Joint leader of a team receiving $125,000 from the Australian Business Deans Council, CPA Australia, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the ALTC for a study Achievement Matters: External Peer Review of Learning and Teaching Academic Standards for Accounting.

In 2011 received a further $183,000 from the Australian Business Deans Council, CPA Australia, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the ALTC for a study Achievement Matters: External Peer Review of Learning and Teaching Academic Standards for Accounting subject to responding to three matters.

Shaping the future of accounting and business education in Australia with project leaders professors Garry Carnegie and Brendan O’Connell from RMIT University. Other project members are Professors Kim Watty, Christine Helliar and Paul DeLange. CPA Australia have provided $68,000

Principal investigator for a project The teaching research nexus: myth or reality? The Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand have provided $20,000 in funds. Professor Neil Marriott, the University of Winchester and Professor Angus Duff, University of West of Scotland are the other project members.

Member of the team that received an OLT grant of $296,000 for the project ‘Student Experiences of Threshold Capability Development with Intensive Mode Teaching’

Previous positions

1999 - 2001, Associate Professor in Accounting at Murdoch University
1990 - 1998, Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Murdoch University
1990, Senior Lecturer at WACAE (ECU)
1988 - 1989, Director at International Centre for Management Studies (Private education provider)
1987, Visiting Academic Fellow at Australian Accounting Research Foundation
1986 – 1988, Acting Principal Lecturer and Associate Head of School of Business at the Western Australian College of Advanced Education (ECU)
1983 – 1985, Senior Lecturer at the Western Australian College of Advanced Education (ECU)
1975 - 1983, Lecturer at University of WA (Sub-Dean Commerce for 3 years)
1973 - 1974, Tutor at University of WA
1968 - 1969, Audit Clerk at Irish, Young and Outhwaite

Current projects

1. Adaptive learningg in accounting and thresholfd concepts. Working with Nikki Schonfeldt (UWA) and Jac Birt (UWA).

2. A second project is working on the teaching research nexus. The Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand provided $20,000 in funds. The final report has now been published and two journal papers using Australian and UK data have now been published. We are now working on a third paper using data from South Africa. I am working with Neil Marriott (UK) Angus Duff (Scotland) and we have now added Ilse Lube from South Africa.

3. A third project on the effectiveness of diverse group ssessment types in developing team work skills. With Jac Birt, Prerana Agrawal, Lyndie Bayne and Nikki Schonfeldt all from UWA..

Industrial Relevance

Definition of a not-for-profit entity for financial reporting purposes

Technical and non-technical skills for accounting graduates

Links with Industry
CPA Australia
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Advanced Management Program

Collaborations with Other Institutions
Bryan Howieson (University of Adelaide), Marie Kavanagh (University of Southern Queensland), Jenny Kent (Charles Sturt University), and Irene Tempone (Swinburne University of Technology). “Accounting for the future: more than numbers”.
Mark Freeman (University of Sydney),Lyn Simpson (QUT) and Chris Sykes (University of Woolongong) , “Business as usual” projects.

Neil Marriott University of Winchester and Angus Duff University of the West of Scotland "Teaching and research nexus project."

Industrial relevance

Director and Chairman of the University Credit Union(now UniBank).
Wide range of consulting work.

Teaching overview

MBA Accounting for Managers
WILG 2201,3001,5001,5002 and 5003



Accounting education. Teaching and research nexus. Financial Reporting.Not-for-profits financial reporting issues.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Research expertise keywords

  • Higher Education
  • Accounting Education
  • Financial Reporting
  • Accounting education
  • Corporate governance
  • Financial accounting regulation, issues and standard setting
  • Not-for-profit financial reporting


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