Simon Morris, JP

MBA, Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Cert IV Celebrancy, Cert IV TAA

PhD Candidate

Simon has been teaching professional and academic accountancy students since he qualified as a CA in 1975. Running a short course for KPMG’s Lusaka office in 1984 was a life changing experience convincing him that skills transfer in developing countries can bring empowerment. 

From 1988 he spent five years with KPMG Ireland, the ILO and Price Waterhouse starting aid-funded accountancy schools in Zambia and Botswana.  Another five years were in Vanuatu with British Aid creating and delivering a certificate course which articulated into the NSW TAFE system. He made himself redundant by training Ni-Vanuatu to take over. His Manchester Business School MBA project was on the recruitment, selection and training of finance trainers in Vanuatu.

In the interim he worked in the profession and at CQU in Sydney before joining CDU in 2005. In 2009 with an Institute of Chartered Accountants grant he reported on the state of the accountancy profession in Timor-Leste and presented a paper at the ANU Asia Pacific Week in 2010. From CDU seed funding came the first Ministry of Finance students to study accounting at CDU and a contract with UNTL to jointly conduct a training needs analysis and design a diploma course for the Ministry.

Simon is passionate about accountancy capacity building in Timor-Leste. He believes that it transforms individuals and the economy. He started his PhD at the Northern Institute in 2013.

PhD Project Title

Critical factors in the establishment of a sustainable accountancy profession in fragile states: Timor-Leste - a case study

Research Interests

  • Capacity building in developing countries


Professor Ruth Wallace, Principal (Northern Institute)
Dr Sarath Lal Ukwatte Jalathge (School of Accounting at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia)
Associate Professor Dennis Shoesmith (Northern Institute)

Publications and Resources


Vanuatu Companies’ Act, CAP 191, company accounting disclosure requirements study manual, 1995. BIA/ACCA Botswana Taxation 2.3(b) Study Manual  [ISBN 99912-0-078-9], 1992. 

Conference Papers

“One size fits all? How international agencies fail fragile states in the assessment of the sustainability and professionalism of accounting professions. Timor-Leste a case study.” The tenth Accounting History International Conference, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France, September 2019.

“A qualitative assessment of the state of play of the accountancy profession in Timor-Leste.” The ninth Accounting History International Conference, University of Verona, Verona, Italy, 2017.

“The state of the accountancy profession in Timor-Leste” presented to the Asia Pacific Week, South East Asia, Conference at the Australian National University, 2010.


“The state of the accountancy profession in Timor-Leste” consultant’s report for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, 2009. 


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