Professor David Gilchrist

Helping the community’s most vulnerable through economic policy

Over a career spanning 30 years, Professor David Gilchrist has held a number of senior roles in the Not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors. Most recently, he held the role of Assistant Auditor General in Western Australia and, prior to that, he taught accounting and finance at the London School of Economics and Portsmouth University in the UK as well as at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University in Australia. He was Foundation Director of the Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative for five years and held the position of Associate Dean of the School of Business at the University of Notre Dame Australia where he was adjunct professor of Not-for-profit Leadership. He is currently a Visiting Professor and Research Chief Investigator in NFP Studies at the NFPO Research Centre, Hebei GEO University, and Peoples’ Republic of China.

Professor Gilchrist has published widely as an academic and journalist, and is a principal author of a number of key national reports including the seminal report 'Australian Charities 2013' for the Commonwealth Government and the Australian National Disability Costing and Pricing Framework (2014). He is co-author of 'The Three Sector Solution' (2016) published by  Australian National University Press, author of 'Imperial Theory: Colonial Pragmatism' (2017) published by Palgrave Macmillan, co-author of 'Public Sector Accounting, Governance and Accountability: Experiences of Australia and New Zealand' (2018) published by Routledge and co-author of 'Designing Impactful Collaboration' soon to be published by Australian National University Press.


  • BA
  • BBus
  • PhD
  • FCA

External positions

  • Director, Australian Scholarships Ltd
  • Chair, National Standard Chart of Accounts Advisory Body, Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission
  • Director, BaxterLawley Advisory
  • Member, Australian Accounting Standards Board Academic Advisory Panel
  • Member, Trans Tasman Not-for-profit Advisory Panel, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Notable achievements

Publication of three books, 2016, 2017 and 2018

Developed the first national report on charities in Australia

Established the Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative, 2011



National Disability Services

  • National Disability Performance Benchmark Study
  • Professor David Gilchrist

Northern Territory Council of Social Service

  • Value for the Not-for-Profit Sector Report
  • Professor David Gilchrist


National Disability Services

  • Market Design and Evolution for Better Outcomes
  • Professor David Gilchrist

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