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Dr Helen Yang

PhD (Accounting) (VicMelb), CPA (CPA Australia), GCTE (VicMelb), MBus (VicMelb), MEd (UniMelb), BA (China)

Head of Discipline - Accounting and Information Systems, College of Business

Helen Yang is a Senior Lecturer of Accounting and the Head of Accounting and Information Systems Discipline Group, in the College of Business.

She actively connects with industry and the accounting profession as a member of CPA Australia and as a Technical Reviewer of CPA Program – Financial Reporting. Helen’s significant contribution to the scholarship of international accounting teaching and learning has been recognised nationally at the 2013 Australian Awards for University Teaching. Prior to her appointment as the Head of Discipline, Helen held a number of other academic leadership roles including coordinating large offshore business programs in China.

Helen conducts quality and impactful research in the fields of accounting, auditing and accountability (FOR1501) and higher education (FOR 1300). Her work has also been published in top-tier international journals (including Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Australian Accounting Review) as a lead author. Helen is also the Lead Investigator of a number of national and industry competitive research grants.

Awards & recognitions


  • 2013 Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Australian Government, Office of Learning and Teaching
  • 2012 Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Higher Education, Victoria University.


  • 2014 Excellence in Higher Degree Research (for her Ph.D thesis, titled: Changing institutional environment, Chinese company characteristics, and climate-change reporting), College of Business, Victoria University
  • 2011 Research Excellence Award, School of Accounting and Finance, Victoria University.


  • 2008 CPA Program Excellence Award for achieving High Distinction in CPA examination in Financial Accounting, CPA Australia
  • 2007 CPA Program Excellence Award for achieving High Distinction in CPA examination in Corporate Governance, CPA Australia
  • 2007 CPA Program Excellence Award for achieving High Distinction in CPA examination in Reporting and Professional Practice, CPA Australia

Recent publications

Journal articles

Yang, H., Clark, C., Wu, C.Y., Farley, A. (2017), Insights from accounting practitioners on China’s convergence with IFRS. Australian Accounting Review, Doi:10.1111/auar.12182

Yang, H. and Farley, A (2016), Convergence or divergence? Corporate climate-change reporting in China. International Journal of Accounting and Information Management, 24 (4), 391 - 414

Yang, H., Craig, R.J., Farley, A.A. (2015). A review of Chinese and English language studies on corporate environmental reporting in China. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 28, 30-48.

Yang, H. (2012) Western concept, Chinese context: A note on teaching accounting offshore, International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 7, 1, 20-30

Research grants

  • Yang, H., Farley, A., and Min, L. (2015). Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching grant: Factors influencing Chinese students' academic success in an Australian university's pathway program: an empirical test (Lead investigator and project manager, HERDC and ERA Category One)
  • Clark, C. and Yang, H. (2012): Victoria University and Chinese University of Economics and Finance joint grant: Implementation of IFRS in the PRC, a review of rationale and process
  • Clark, C. and Yang, H. (2011). CPA Australia Global Research Perspectives Grant, Converging with IFRS in the Peoples Republic of China: Progress and Obstacles (Lead investigator)
  • Yang, H (2009): Victoria University, Institute of Sustainability and Innovation Research Grant: Business Implications for Corporate Sustainability Management in North China.

Teaching areas

  • Advanced financial accounting
  • Accounting information systems
  • Auditing
  • Corporate reporting and disclosure
  • PhD supervision
    Corporate financial and non-financial reporting and disclosure in emerging economies; IFRS implementation in emerging economies; accounting education.

Professional memberships

  • Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia
  • AFAANZ (The Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand)


Areas of expertise

  • Corporate financial and non-financial reporting and disclosure in emerging economies
  • Global harmonisation of IFRS in emerging economies
  • Quantifying the impact of language on the academic performance of English as Foreign Language (EFL) students in English-based tertiary accounting programs.

Contact details

+61 3 9919 5265