Regulation

Australian health and safety inspectors' perceptions and actions in relation to changed work arrangements

Author/s (editor/s):

Quinlan, Michael
Johnstone, Richard
McNamara, Maria

Publication year:

2009

Publication type:

Journal article

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Quinlan, Michael, Richard Johnstone and Maria McNamara, 2009. ‘Australian health and safety inspectors’ perceptions and actions in relation to changed work arrangements.’ Journal of Industrial Relations, 51(4): 557-573.

Understanding Taxpayer Attitudes Through Understanding Taxpayer Identities

Author/s (editor/s):

Taylor, Natalie

Publication year:

2002

Publication type:

Book chapter

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Taylor, Natalie, 2002. ‘Understanding Taxpayer Attitudes Through Understanding Taxpayer Identities.’ In Taxing Democracy, edited by Valarie Braithwaite, 71-92. Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

WP 21 - Regulating supply-chains to address the occupational health and safety problems associated with precarious employment: The case of home-based clothing workers in Australia

Author/s (editor/s):

Nossar, Igor
Johnstone, Richard

Quinlan, Michael

Publication year:

2003

Publication type:

Working paper

Peer Reviewed Publication:Nossar, Igor, Richard Johnstone and Michael Quinlan. (2004). "Regulating supply-chains to address the occupational health and safety problems associated with precarious employment: The case of home-based clothing workers in Australia", 17 Australian Journal of Labour Law 2, 1-24.Over the past 20 years the labour market, workforce and work organisation of most if not all industrialised countries have been significantly refashioned by the increased use of more flexible work arrangements, variously labelled as precarious employment or contingent work. There is now a substantial and growing body of international evidence that many of these arrangements are associated with a significant deterioration in occupational health and safety (OHS), using a range of measures such as injury rates, disease, hazard exposures and work-related stress. Moreover, there is an emerging body of evidence that these arrangements pose particular problems for conventional regulatory regimes. Recognition of these problems has aroused the concern of policy makers - especially in Europe, North America and Australia - and a number of responses have been adopted in terms of modifying legislation, producing new guidance material and codes of practice and revised enforcement practices. This article describes one such initiative in Australia with regard to home-based clothing workers. The regulatory strategy developed in one Australian jurisdiction (and now being ‘exported’ into others) seeks to counter this process via contractual tracking mechanisms to follow the work, tie in liability and shift overarching legal responsibility to the top of the supply chain. The process also entails the integration of minimum standards relating to wages, hours and working conditions; OHS and access to workers’ compensation. While home-based clothing manufacture represents a very old type of ‘flexible’ work arrangement, it is one that regulators have found especially difficult to address. Further, the elaborate multi-tiered subcontracting and diffuse work locations found in this industry are also characteristic of newer forms of contingent work in other industries (such as some telework) and the regulatory challenges they pose (such as the tendency of elaborate supply chains to attenuate and fracture statutory responsibilities, at least in terms of the attitudes and behaviour of those involved). Thus, should it succeed, this regulatory strategy could serve as a model for intervention in relation to other industries with analogous work arrangements (and indeed some moves are already evident here). The article concludes that the use of tracking mechanisms as well as the potentially historically significant re-integration of three bodies of employment law (industrial relations, OHS and workers’ compensation and social security) warrants closer attention in terms of regulating contingent work arrangements.

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Nossar, Igor , 2003, WP 21 - Regulating supply-chains to address the occupational health and safety problems associated with precarious employment: The case of home-based clothing workers in Australia, National Research Centre for OHS Regulation, Canberra

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The development of regulatory inspection of health and safety at work

Author/s (editor/s):

Johnstone, Richard
Walters, David

Publication year:

2011

Publication type:

Book chapter

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http://www.wildy.com/isbn/9780857931641/regulating-workplace-risks-a-comparative...

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Johnstone, Richard, 2011. 'The development of regulatory inspection of health and safety at work', In _Regulating Workplace Risks: A Comparative Study of Inspection Regimes in Times of Change_, 44-60. United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.

The paradox of regulation: What regulation can achieve and what it cannot

Author/s (editor/s):

Haines, Fiona

Publication year:

2011

Publication type:

Book

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Haines, Fiona, 2011. _The paradox of regulation: What regulation can achieve and what it cannot_. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

The shift to occupational health and safety process standards in Australia

Author/s (editor/s):

Johnstone, Richard
Quinlan, Michael

Publication year:

2011

Publication type:

Book chapter

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Johnstone, Richard and Michael Quinlan, 2011. 'The shift to occupational health and safety process standards in Australia.' In _Regulating Workplace Risks: A Comparative Study of Inspection Regimes in Times of Change_. 65-85. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing

The traditional knowledge movement in the Pacific Island countries: The challenge of localism

Author/s (editor/s):

Forsyth, Miranda

Publication year:

2011

Publication type:

Journal article

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Forsyth, Miranda, 2011. 'The traditional knowledge movement in the Pacific Island countries: The challenge of localism.' _Prometheus_, 29(3): 269-286.

Asia's regulatory reawakening

Author/s (editor/s):

Taylor, Veronica

Publication year:

2011

Publication type:

Journal article

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Taylor, Veronica, 2011. 'Asia's regulatory reawakening.' _East Asia Forum Quarterly (online)_.

Rethinking donor intervention in promoting the rule of law in Asia

Author/s (editor/s):

Taylor, Veronica

Publication year:

2011

Publication type:

Journal article

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Rethinking donor intervention in promoting the rule of law in Asia

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Taylor, Veronica, 2011. 'Rethinking donor intervention in promoting the rule of law in Asia', _East Asia Forum Quarterly (online)_.

Beyond Prescription: Strategies for Transitioning the Major Coal Industry Stakeholders (Regulators, producers and unions) to Risk Based Regulation, 2013-2014

Author/s (editor/s):

Gunningham, Neil

Publication year:

2013

Publication type:

Government and community sector reports

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Gunningham, Neil. 2013. ‘Beyond Prescription: Strategies for Transitioning the Major Coal Industry Stakeholders (Regulators, producers and unions) to Risk Based Regulation, 2013-2014’. Australian Coal Association Research Program.

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