Contemporary Challenges in Public Sector Reporting

  • James GuthrieEmail author
  • Ann Martin-Sardesai
Part of the Public Sector Financial Management book series (PUSEFIMA)


Public sector accounting scholarship has witnessed enormous developments over the last decades. One area of scholarship is public sector accountability and public service accounting and reporting. Accountability in the public sector is a different, complex, chameleon-like and multifaced concept, encompassing several dimensions. With multiple stakeholders, the public sector requires a broader set of accountability forms, which goes beyond the scope of financial aspects, to include political, public, managerial, bureaucratic, professional, and personal accountability. In contemporary times the public sector needs to consider accounting and reporting on global and critical issues like climate change, sustainability, modern-day slavery, social inequality, taxation avoidance, biodiversity and ecological accounts. This chapter provides an overview of several developments in the past decades and reviews seven reporting frameworks that have been used for public sector reporting.


Public sector accountability Financial reporting Public sector reporting frameworks Integrated reporting Social and environmental reporting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Macquarie Business School, Macquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of Business and LawCQ UniversitySydneyAustralia

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