A small group of Year 10 Business and Accounting students had the opportunity to experience university life recently, when they attended Griffith University’s Ambassador Day on Forensic Accounting.

The Ambassador Day was part of the University’s program to introduce Secondary school students to careers opened up by a degree in Accounting. Forensic Accountants are involved in investigative accounting and may solve crimes such as fraud or help resolve disputes within families, businesses or other areas. 

Dr Ian Sims of Griffith University’s Department of Accounting presented to students a lecture titled, ‘Why the money trail matters’. The lecture highlighted the cost of fraud to the economy, and the important but sometime dangerous role of Accountants in tackling the problem. 

Solving crime is never dull, according to Dr Sims. He reminded students that it was not a guntoting Eliot Ness who ensured mafia boss Al Capone went to jail. It was an accountant; known as Frank J Wilson, an expert in examining ledgers. 

Learning about the challenges of attending a University lecture was also a valuable experience for students. Students were reminded that a University lecture may be much longer than a typical classroom lesson and could include hundreds of students. Nevertheless, CHAC students graduated from their day at University with flying colours and were presented with a Certificate of Participation, as shown in the photograph.