Purpose – This paper explores the perceptions of potential users of water accounting reports prepared under Standardised Water Accounting (SWA), reflected in the Exposure Draft of Australian Water Accounting Standard 1 (ED AWAS 1), and, in particular, their perceptions regarding the discharge of accountability by water managers. Efficient and effective water management is an important element in alleviating water crises caused by misuse of water resources. Design/methodology/approach – The theoretical framework adopted is Accountability. This concept is explored in depth across three main ideas. A questionnaire was administered to users with water-related interests in five different water-related seminars yielding 36 usable responses. Most questions were closed ended with possible responses ranging from either a five-point Likert scale or a ‘Yes/No/Undecided’. Findings – The majority of respondents perceive that it is useful to use a standard system to prepare water accounting reports (applying SWA). Moreover, the majority of potential users are unsure about the effectiveness of such reports in discharging the accountability of water managers, and a significant number of stakeholders were unaware of its development. Research limitations/implications – Whilst the questionnaire was administered at key water-related seminars, the response rate was low at approximately 21%. Understanding the perceptions of attendees at those events is important because respondents were stakeholders with a water-related interest. Future research might complement this quantitative analysis with a qualitative study of user perceptions. Practical implications – Stakeholders have interest in the current SWA project. It is therefore important to identify the information needs of stakeholders. Originality/value – SWA is currently ongoing in Australia and the Exposure Draft of Australian Water Accounting Standard 1 was issued in mid-2010. The study has sought to overcome the limited research undertaken to date to explore the perceptions of potential users of water accounting reports under SWA.
|Title of host publication||CSEAR 2011 Australasian Conference|
|Subtitle of host publication||conference proceedings : CSEAR toward sustainable futures : earth, wind, fire and water|
|Place of Publication||Hobart|
|Publisher||University of Tasmania|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||Australasian Conference on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (10th : 2011) - Launceston|
Duration: 5 Dec 2011 → 7 Dec 2011
|Conference||Australasian Conference on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (10th : 2011)|
|Period||5/12/11 → 7/12/11|
Bibliographical noteAlso titled 'Perspectives of potential users of water accounting reports : an accountability point of view'
- water accounting
- social and environmental accounting