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Evaluating the Harmonisation of Australia's OHS Laws: Challenges and Opportunities


  • Eric Windholz


This article examines three significant and increasingly important public policy issues: OHS, harmonisation and evaluation. OHS is an issue on which comparatively little has been written in public administration, yet it is an issue from which much can be learned - especially about the intersection between social and economic policy. In this regard, the harmonisation of Australia's OHS laws provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate and better understand the benefits and costs of the harmonisation of social regulation in the name of economic efficiency. Such an evaluation is inevitably challenging, with the already difficult job of evaluation complicated by a multiplicity of stakeholders and objectives. This article examines the challenges which these multiple objectives held by multiple stakeholders present for evaluation. In doing so, it demonstrates that far from being interpreted simply as difficulties to be overcome, they actually represent an opportunity to enhance both the legitimacy of the evaluation process and the utility of its outcomes.

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  • Eric Windholz, 2010. "Evaluating the Harmonisation of Australia's OHS Laws: Challenges and Opportunities," Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(2), pages 137-162, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rapaxx:v:32:y:2010:i:2:p:137-162
    DOI: 10.1080/23276665.2010.10779371

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    1. Peter Carrol & Gregory Bounds & Rex Deighton-Smith, . "Regulatory Coherence: The Case of Australia," Chapters, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
    2. CARROLL Peter & BOUNDS Gregory, 2016. "Towards Responsive Regulations and Regulatory Coherence in ASEAN and East Asia: The Case of Australia," Working Papers DP-2016-14, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

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