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Culture and corruption risks in local government: the role of technology in detecting fraud

Study level

Master of Philosophy

Faculty/Lead unit

QUT Business School

School of Accountancy

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Annette Quayle
Division / Faculty
QUT Business School
Dr Yuyu Zhang
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
QUT Business School


A recent investigation by the Crime and Misconduct Commission found serious fraud and corruption across a number of Queensland city councils. This included inappropriate relationships between the Council and the private sector, in particular property developers and improper use of power and influence for personal benefit by elected councilors.

This project investigates how council employees and councillors avoid detection under existing accounting controls, and how they can be strengthened. We will focus on the latest technologies for detecting financial misconduct and how these might be used by government and business to manage their fraud and corruption risks.

If you are interested in researching this topic as part of a Master of Philosophy (Accountancy), and you are applying to commence your degree in Semester 1, 2020 you may be eligible for a School of Accountancy Accelerate Scholarship.



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