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Dr Kylie Coulson

Adjunct Professor
Office of the Provost
Faculty of Business and Law

Memberships, Awards and Training

Professional Associations:

2016 - present: International Institute for Public Finance

2015 - present: International Research Society for Public Management

2012 - present: Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

2011 - present: Institute of Public Administration Australia (MIPAA)

1998 - present: CPA Australia (FCPA)

Research Grant:

Institute of Public Administration Australia / University of Canberra Public Administration Research Trust Fund Grant, November 2001


Curtin University / Perth Convention Bureau Aspire Professional Development Award 2016

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Employment History

2017-                  Principal, PFM Solutions

2017-                  Principal, BaxterLawley

2008-2017           Assistant Director, Department of Treasury (Perth)

2015-2016           Principal Policy Officer, Department of the Premier and Cabinet (Perth)

2010-2011           Senior Financial Management Specialist, World Bank (Sydney and Pacific)

2007-2008           Senior Development Program Specialist, Economic Governance and Growth, RAMSI (Honiara, Solomon Islands)

2006-2007           Public Financial Management Adviser, Pacific Branch, AusAID (Canberra)

2005-2006           Research Officer, Money and Banking, National Reserve Bank of Tonga (Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga)

2004-2006           Assistant Director, Funding and Disclosure, Australian Electoral Commission (Canberra)

2002-2004           Research Officer, Economic and Finance Committee, Parliament of South Australia (Adelaide)

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Research Fields

    Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services

  • Auditing and Accountability
  • Impacts of Tourism
  • Studies in Human Society

  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
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Research Interests

  • Public financial management - budgeting / audit / monitoring and evaluation
  • Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessments
  • Public Accounts Committees and other parliamentary oversight e.g. estimates committees
  • Citizen-centred / participatory budgeting
  • Public sector governance and accountability
  • Open budgets
  • Public administration
  • Public policy
  • International development
  • Sovereign wealth funds
  • Economic impact of the sharing / collaborative economy

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Book Chapters (Research)

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Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

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Additional Information

Coulson, K (2017) "The role of history and geography in public financial management" - paper presented at the International Research Society of Public Management conference, 21 April 2017, Budapest, Hungary

Coulson, K (2016) “Budget Scrutiny in Australian State Parliaments”,  Australasian Parliamentary Review, vol. 31 no. 2, pp 103-116

“Budget Scrutiny in Australian State Parliaments” – paper presented at the Australasian Study of Parliaments Group conference,  6 October 2016, Adelaide, Australia

“The Impact of Airbnb on WA’s Tourism Industry and Economy” – panel discussion at Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre Workshop, 19 September 2016, Perth, Australia

“Destination management and tourism policy response to Airbnb: Positioning Western Australia in comparison to others” - Pforr, C., Volgger, M., Coulson, K. and Fletcher, C.,  66th AIEST Conference, 28 August – 1 September 2016, Malta

"Public Finance Oversight in Western Australia" with David Gilchrist - presented at the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Public Sector Research Day, 1 September 2016, Perth

"History, Geography and Public Financial Management in Small Island States" - presented at the Australasian Aid Conference, 10-11 February 2016, Canberra

“Sovereign Wealth Funds: Sensible Way Forward or Simply Waiting Forever?” – presented at the Institute of Public Administration of Australia (IPAA) National Conference, 31 October 2014, Perth

“Public Accounts Committees in the Pacific: A PEFA perspective” – presented at the La Trobe University Second Annual Public Sector and Non-Profit Symposium, 28 October 2014, Melbourne

“Delivery of International Development Assistance: A RAMSI perspective of working across the Australian government and with international donor partners” – paper presented at the Institute of Public Administration of Australia (IPAA) National Conference, 18-20 June 2008, Sydney

“The Strengthened Approach to Improving Financial Management – PEFA Principles and Practice” – co‑presented with N. Cumpston at the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre’s (PFTAC) Medium Term Fiscal Framework workshop, 28-30 November 2006, Nadi, Fiji

“The Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability Framework” – co-presented with N. Cumpston at AusAID’s Development Cooperation and Public Financial Management in the Pacific and Papua New Guinea workshop, 30-31 October 2006, Brisbane

“Budgeting Within Australian State Government” – paper presented at the Institute of Public Administration of Australia (IPAA) National Conference, 26 November 2003, Brisbane

“Budgeting as a Centralising Force: Decision-Making within Australian State Government Agencies”  - paper presented at the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) National Conference, 26‑28 August 2002, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (paper co-written with M. Evans)

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