Jenny Job is currently Director of Research and Evaluation in Safe Work Australia, an Australian Government statutory agency with the primary responsibility of improving work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia. She has held a range of positions in the Australian Public Service since 1995 in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the Office of Transport Security and Safe Work Australia. In 1999 she was seconded for 15 months from the ATO to RegNet’s new Centre for Tax System Integrity. Following this, Jenny visited tax offices in New Zealand, Pennsylvania, East Timor and Indonesia to work as adviser and presenter on responsive regulation. She returned to RegNet in 2003 to undertake her PhD in Sociology on the source of trust in government which was awarded in June 2007. Jenny also holds a BA (Social Sciences), Honours in Sociology, and a Graduate Diploma in Administration. Jenny is currently a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Health and Safety Research and Practice, a member of the Advisory Group for the Centre for Applied Psychological Research at the University of South Australia, and an Advisory Board Member for the Cochrane Occupational Safety & Health Review Group at The Cochrane Collaboration.
Government regulation; Trust in government; Responsive regulation; Socio-psychological factors influencing compliance with regulatory obligations; Organisational cultures; Work health and safety policy and practice; Taxation policy and practice; Intervention effectiveness; Public administration; Work; Social capital
Jenny currently manages a team of eight researchers working on a broad range of research projects including occupational disease, hazard surveillance, the effectiveness of regulatory interventions and workplace cultures. To undertake this research Jenny and her team work with several universities in Australia and New Zealand on the design of projects, analysis of data and report writing. Jenny initiated the Motivations, Attitudes, Perceptions and Skills research project at Safe Work Australia to examine socio-psychological factors relating to workplace compliance with work health and safety obligations. She worked with Professor Valerie Braithwaite, Dr Liz Bluff, Professor Neil Gunningham and her Safe Work Australia colleague, Ms Dianna Smith, on a successful ARC Linkage bid in 2011 and is the Partner Investigator in this project: Socio-Psychological Factors and Compliance with Work Health and Safety Regulation – Theory, Policy and Practice.