Career barriers of female accountants in the state public sector
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Accounting, Finance and Economics
This study examined and compared the extent of career barriers reported by female accountants working in the New South Wales (NSW) and Western Australian (WA) state public sectors. An analysis of responses to a mailed questionnaire led to the rejection of the null hypothesis of no differences in the extent of career barriers experienced by women working in the NSW and WA. Null hypotheses for each of the four themes of barriers, namely work-life balance, organisational, individual, and other external career barriers, were also rejected. Work-life balance barriers were higher in NSW and organisational barriers, individual barriers and other external barriers were higher in WA. Implications for management and suggestions for future research are provided.