DR Phill Cobbin

DR Phill Cobbin


  • The contemporary history of Australian accounting education post 1960 (Murray Committee)
  • The history of accounting and auditing particularly where accounting and auditing history intersects with contemporary military history
  • The market for audit services
  • The role of the Australian accounting profession in the ‘business’ of war



  • Phill Cobbin is a Senior Lecturer teaching in the undergraduate and postgraduate Audit and Assurances Services and Financial Accounting programs of the Department of Accounting.

    Prior to joining academia he worked as a Chartered Accountant in the Melbourne and London offices of Price Waterhouse & Co. He is also a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve with the Royal Australian Army Pay Corps (currently on the Standby Reserve list).

    His PhD dissertation is an account of the specialist accounting advice provided by the Australian accounting profession to the Australian Government during the war of 1939-1945 focusing particularly on the costing of munitions in private manufacturing facilities and the promotion of efficiency within the Department of Army.




Member of

  • Accounting History Special Interest Group - AFAANZ. Full member 2018 -
  • Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand. Full member 2018 -
  • American Accounting Association. Full member 2018 -
  • Academy of Accounting Historians. Full member 2007 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • The Army Advisory Accountancy Panel 1942-1945, Australian Army History Unit, 2005.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2011
  • MCom (Hons), University of Melbourne 2001
  • MEd, University of Melbourne 1993
  • BEd, University of Melbourne 1983
  • BBus, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1978
  • DipEd, State College of Victoria 1976
  • FellDipBusStuds(Acctg), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1972

Awards and honors

  • Dean's Certificate for excellent postgraduate teaching, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, 2009
  • Richard Vanfermeersch Award, Academy of Accounting Historians, 2007
  • Dean's Team Award for Good Teaching and Teaching Innovation, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, 2005
  • Dean's Certificate for excellent undergraduate teaching, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, 2003



Available for supervision

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