The National Research Centre for OHS Regulation (NRCOHSR)

WP 91 - ACT WorkCover and the Failed 1997 Implosion: A Case Study of the Role of the Inspectorate

The failed implosion of the old Canberra Hospital buildings on Sunday 13 July 1997 resulted in an explosion which blasted masonry and steel debris beyond the 200 metre exclusion zone to where thousands of spectators stood watching on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin.

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Liz Bluff on the design of safe machinery

RegNet’s Liz Bluff to take part in Safe Work Australia virtual seminar.

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The National Research Centre for OHS Regulation (NRCOHSR) works to achieve excellence in work health and safety research and regulation. The Centre was established to conduct high quality, empirical and policy-focused research relating to work health and safety regulation. This research informs government initiatives relating to the reform of work health and safety legislation, inspection and enforcement policy and practice, and contributes to ensuring the efficacy of regulation in improving work health and safety outcomes in workplaces.

Researchers working with the Centre currently have funding from the Australian Research Council and Safe Work Australia to conduct research into work health and safety regulation.

In the recent past the Centre received funding from WorkCover New South Wales, WorkSafe Victoria and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and in its early years, the Centre received funding from the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (from 2001 to 2005), and by its replacement, the Australian Safety and Compensation Council (from 2005 to 2007).

The Centre’s Directors are Dr Liz Bluff (ANU), Professor Neil Gunningham (ANU) and Professor Richard Johnstone (QUT). More information on the Centre’s aims and activities.

Our people


NRCOHSR comprises academic staff from RegNet, including research and postdoctoral fellows, postgraduate students and research support staff.

Research projects

NRCOHSR research projects, research outcomes and project resources.

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Publications from NRCOHSR academics, our Work Health and Safety briefings and the archive of the Regulation at Work newsletter.

News & events

Information on NRCOHSR News and events, including podcasts and photo galleries.


NRCOHSR related links, readings and overview of work health and safety regulation in Australia.


Contact us

Contact details for the Centre.

Contact details

NRCOHSR produces’Work Health Safety Briefings’ to provide periodic updates on current developments in work health and safety.

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet