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Hui, Freda C. Dr.

Senior Lecturer

  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • School of Business
  • Discipline: Finance
  • INTI/PSB Academic Program Director - Faculty of Business and Law 2012 -

Overview


Freda is a senior lecturer at the University of Wollongong. Prior to joining the school, she lectured in Hong Kong and worked in the private sector. She is a Fellow CPA in Australia. Her research explores the relationship between accounting and public policies, particularly in the area of public accountability and social justice.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Freda's research interests are in the areas of:

    • Accounting history
    • Banking
    • Social responsibility

    Her PhD research focuses on the disclosures and accountability within the banking framework.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p><strong>Centrelink Prosecutions at the Employment/Benefit Nexus: A Case Study of Wollongong<br /><br /></strong>The study examined Centrelink social security fraud prosecutions dealt with by Legal Aid NSW Wollongong office for the period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2010.  Wollongong provided a typical demographic profile of Centrelink prosecutions in New South Wales. </p><p>The report examines the effects of unpredictable and fluctuating pay on the recipients of income at the employment/benefit nexus. The uncertainty of insecure work increases the risk of under-declaring income and, therefore, Centrelink recipients are vulnerable to criminal prosecution for social security fraud.</p><p><strong></strong>What started as a request to provide evidence of the hardship faced by casual and part-time employees navigating insecure work and the social security system actually had impact. Following publication of our report <a href="http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/5719839" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"Centrelink Prosecutions at the Employment/Benefit Nexus"</a> and written and oral submissions to the<em> ACTU Independent Inquiry into Insecure Work in Australia, </em>we made a difference to the millions of Australians seeking permanent work.<em> </em></p>
  • <p>In 2016, the Australian Government began to roll out the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to serve 4.4 million Australians with a disability and their carers. In 2017, the NDIS was implemented in the Illawarra region, New South Wales. Our team conducted a collaborative research project with St Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) to examine the effectiveness of the NDIS for people with disabilities from low socio-economic backgrounds residing in the Illawarra. We found that the NDIS implementation failed to reach its target audience as it did not take into account the various disabilities and optimal forms of communication and outreach for them. Our report led to: print and radio interviews; engagements with a wide range of national stakeholders, including service providers, and disability advocates; informed a number of submissions to the recent Disability Royal Commission; and publication of an academic journal. Our work has ensured that more people from lower socio-economic backgrounds with disabilities in the Illawarra have awareness of, and access to, the NDIS.</p>
  • This research was conducted by Dr Freda Hui and Dr Mona Nikidehaghani in conjunction with One Door Mental Health (ARAFMI Illawarra) and reports on ways to improve the wellbeing of mental health carers and to evaluate the outcomes of the current programs in the Illawarra region. The research team interviewed mental health carers and service providers to develop an outcome framework. Such framework assists community organisations such as One Door Mental Health (ARAFMI Illawarra) to demonstrate the impacts of their services on improving the wellbeing of clients. <br />Drawing on the findings of this project, the research team developed a smart device application that contributes to improving the wellbeing of mental health carers.

Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Political corruption, institutions and corporate policies. Zeng, Elvis

Education And Training


  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Master of Commerce in Accounting and Finance
  • Ph.D. in Accounting and Finance, University of Wollongong

Keywords


  • Public accountability, Social justice, Accounting history, and Banking 

Full Name


  • Dr. Freda C, Hui

Mailing Address


  • School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, UOW

    Northfields Ave

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility


Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Freda's research interests are in the areas of:

    • Accounting history
    • Banking
    • Social responsibility

    Her PhD research focuses on the disclosures and accountability within the banking framework.

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p><strong>Centrelink Prosecutions at the Employment/Benefit Nexus: A Case Study of Wollongong<br /><br /></strong>The study examined Centrelink social security fraud prosecutions dealt with by Legal Aid NSW Wollongong office for the period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2010.  Wollongong provided a typical demographic profile of Centrelink prosecutions in New South Wales. </p><p>The report examines the effects of unpredictable and fluctuating pay on the recipients of income at the employment/benefit nexus. The uncertainty of insecure work increases the risk of under-declaring income and, therefore, Centrelink recipients are vulnerable to criminal prosecution for social security fraud.</p><p><strong></strong>What started as a request to provide evidence of the hardship faced by casual and part-time employees navigating insecure work and the social security system actually had impact. Following publication of our report <a href="http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/5719839" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"Centrelink Prosecutions at the Employment/Benefit Nexus"</a> and written and oral submissions to the<em> ACTU Independent Inquiry into Insecure Work in Australia, </em>we made a difference to the millions of Australians seeking permanent work.<em> </em></p>
  • <p>In 2016, the Australian Government began to roll out the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to serve 4.4 million Australians with a disability and their carers. In 2017, the NDIS was implemented in the Illawarra region, New South Wales. Our team conducted a collaborative research project with St Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) to examine the effectiveness of the NDIS for people with disabilities from low socio-economic backgrounds residing in the Illawarra. We found that the NDIS implementation failed to reach its target audience as it did not take into account the various disabilities and optimal forms of communication and outreach for them. Our report led to: print and radio interviews; engagements with a wide range of national stakeholders, including service providers, and disability advocates; informed a number of submissions to the recent Disability Royal Commission; and publication of an academic journal. Our work has ensured that more people from lower socio-economic backgrounds with disabilities in the Illawarra have awareness of, and access to, the NDIS.</p>
  • This research was conducted by Dr Freda Hui and Dr Mona Nikidehaghani in conjunction with One Door Mental Health (ARAFMI Illawarra) and reports on ways to improve the wellbeing of mental health carers and to evaluate the outcomes of the current programs in the Illawarra region. The research team interviewed mental health carers and service providers to develop an outcome framework. Such framework assists community organisations such as One Door Mental Health (ARAFMI Illawarra) to demonstrate the impacts of their services on improving the wellbeing of clients. <br />Drawing on the findings of this project, the research team developed a smart device application that contributes to improving the wellbeing of mental health carers.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Political corruption, institutions and corporate policies. Zeng, Elvis

Education And Training


  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Master of Commerce in Accounting and Finance
  • Ph.D. in Accounting and Finance, University of Wollongong

Keywords


  • Public accountability, Social justice, Accounting history, and Banking 

Full Name


  • Dr. Freda C, Hui

Mailing Address


  • School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, UOW

    Northfields Ave

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility