Accounting: Business Reporting for Decision Making, 6th Edition

ISBN: 9780730363415

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#4 in the Top Business Books of March 2019 list, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Accounting: Business Reporting for Decision Making, 6th Edition builds on the success of its previous editions, but now has an enhanced business focus and ensuring key concepts are highlighted through business scenarios. In most chapters, we have used JB Hi-Fi Ltd either as case-study or as a basis for the chapter’s exercises or problems, which provides you with interesting real-world examples designed to support you to critically apply course concepts to real-world contexts. Each chapter contains a series of pre-work, activities and revision learning tools to support your studies and enhance understanding.


This is the latest offering from Jacqueline Birt, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and market-leading Accounting author. This resource is most suitable for introductory accounting units that have a focus on financial decision making in business rather than the preparation of financial reports. It is also highly suited to first-year units in accounting in business degrees, MBA introductory accounting units and accounting service units.


  • Enhanced Business Focus: Birt’s 6th edition has an enhanced focus on applications to business, especially SMEs.
  • Hear From Practitioners: Exclusive videos from high-profile ANZ practitioners to provide insights into real-world application of accounting
  • Embedded Rich Media: Practitioner videos, running case studies, and other interactive rich media are embedded at the point of learning in the text
  • Revision Modules: Revision materials are integrated throughout to help you engage with, understand, and retain course concepts
Dr Jacqueline Birt, BEd Melb, BBus RMIT, MBus RMIT, PhD ANU, CPA, is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the University of Queensland. Prior to the University of Queensland, she held appointments at Monash University, the Australian National University, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Melbourne. Jacqueline has been the recipient of the ANU Faculty of Economics and Commerce Award for Teaching Excellence.

Professor Keryn Chalmers, BCom, Grad Dip, PhD, is Dean and Professor of Accounting at Swinburne Business School. Prior roles include Deputy Dean (external and international) and Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University. During her academic career, she has been responsible for accounting-related curriculum development, quality assurance and delivery at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Suzanne Maloney, BBus, MPhil, DipFinPlan, FCPA, GAICD, has worked in the accounting and finance field, both in practice and academia, for the past 20 years. Her current position is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland. Suzanne works closely with professionals in practice and is the recipient of a number of teaching awards.

Dr Albie Brooks, BCom, DipEd, MBus, PhD, FCPA, is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Accounting at the University of Melbourne. His teaching is predominantly in the areas of management accounting and managerial control. Albie’s teaching experience includes both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in both domestic and international settings. He has a particular interest in creating and developing student engagement in the study of accounting. His research activities relate to teaching and learning, management accounting and corporate governance issues.

Dr Judy Oliver, BBus, MBus, PhD, joined Swinburne University in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer in Accounting. Over the past 24 years, she has also held appointments at Victoria University and the University of Tasmania. Judy teaches first-year accounting and management accounting at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her research interests are in the areas of management accounting control systems and corporate governance.

1. Introduction to accounting and business decision making
2. Accounting in society
3. Business structures
4. Business transactions
5. Balance sheet
6. Statement of profit or loss and statement of changes in equity
7. Statement of cash flows
8. Analysis and interpretation of financial statements
9. Budgeting
10. Cost—volume—profit analysis
11. Costing and pricing in an entity
12. Capital investment
13. Financing the business
14. Performance measurement
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