Professor Jayne Godfrey - Head of Department

Department of Accounting and Finance


Monash University is Australia's most internationalised university. It has more than 53,000 students from over 100 countries, speaking 90 plus languages. Monash University is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities, recognised for excellence in teaching, learning, research and graduate outcomes. The Go8 undertake 70% of all research conducted in Australian universities and over half of all basic research conducted throughout Australia.


Named after prominent Australian, Sir John Monash, Monash University was established by an Act of Parliament in 1958 making it the first university to be established in the state of Victoria for 106 years. Since its first intake of students in 1961, Monash has grown from a single campus at Clayton to six campuses in Australia, one in Malaysia and one in South Africa, which was established in 2001, and centres in London, UK and Prato, Italy.


The Department of Accounting and Finance, in the Faculty of Business and Economics, offer a range of undergraduate and post graduate programs. The department consists of three discipline groups; Financial Accounting and Auditing, Management Accounting & Accounting Information Systems and Finance.


Graduates who have chosen a particular set of subjects have the educational qualifications to qualify for admission to CPA Australia, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance, the Finance and Treasury Association, and the Australian Institute of Risk Management. The Department also offers an honours program and a wide range of postgraduate programs.


The Finance discipline group provides support for specialisation in finance-related areas in banking, corporate finance, investment finance, treasury management, fund management, international finance and others. These specialisations could be chosen by students reading for double degrees as well as single degree programs, of which finance specialisation in the Monash MBA is an example.


The department has a large number of postgraduate students studying for Masters or PhD degrees, and most of them conduct research related to finance. The electronic resources of the university system include several key accounting, banking, economic, finance and statistical databases, which provide strong resource support for postgraduate research as well as teaching. Several of the staff members are members of the editorial boards of international journals. Some are active in national and international professional associations holding key positions. These activities give the Finance Discipline Group a worldwide network of connections essential for continuing the high quality of research and teaching while paving the way forward to achieve the status of a pre-eminent institution.