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Integrated reporting in public sector organisations: A study of Australian local councils


Williams, B and Lodhia, S, Integrated reporting in public sector organisations: A study of Australian local councils, Journal of Environmental Management, 280 pp. 1-8. ISSN 0301-4797 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111833


Integrated reporting is a voluntary reporting approach that has the potential to transform corporate reporting. This reporting approach involves integrating financial information with sustainability information and requires a coordinated approach by all organisational departments to address social and environmental issues affecting an organisation, a process referred to as integrated thinking. This paper builds on existing research on public sector organisations and explores the current status and motivations for integrated reporting by Australian local councils and the resulting potential organisational change leading to integrated thinking. The findings reveal that while integrated reporting is emerging in Australian local councils, the external motivations for integrated reporting have led to a limited level of organisational change, leading to a low level of integrated thinking in councils. To enable integrated reporting practices to transform and drive change in organisational practices, this paper considers top level managerial support and a strategic vision for this approach is required.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:integrated reporting, public sector, sustainability
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Accounting, auditing and accountability
Research Field:Sustainability accounting and reporting
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Williams, B (Dr Belinda Williams)
ID Code:142420
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2021-01-15
Last Modified:2021-01-19

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