Redesigning the inspection blitz in the post WorkChoices environment

Goodwin, Miles & Maconachie, Glenda J. (2010) Redesigning the inspection blitz in the post WorkChoices environment. In Barnes, Alison, Balnave, Nikola, & Lafferty, George (Eds.) Proceedings of the 24th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference – Work in Progress : Crises, Choices and Continuity, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Sydney Trades Hall, Sydney.

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The regulatory enforcement literature proposes a continuum with two principal perspectives to gaining compliance with regulations at its extremes – a compliance approach and a deterrence approach. Within these perspectives a range of strategies and tools are used to support the broad intent of an enforcement agency. One tool is the inspection blitz, concentrating resources where significant non-compliance is suspected. While agencies enforcing minimum labour standards in the Australian federal jurisdiction have traditionally used the blitz strategy as an occasional tool, it is now more regularly used. This paper examines the blitz as an enforcement tool, placing it within the compliance/deterrence perspectives, before exploring its use by the Workplace Ombudsman/Fair Work Ombudsman. We argue that multiple factors have led to the blitz’s redesign in the post-Work Choices environment, and that its current framework and persuasive compliance nature is not appropriate for all situations.

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ID Code: 31736
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of that proceedings can be accessed via the publisher's website (see Additional URL)
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Keywords: WorkChoices, Workplace Inspections, Labour Standards, Work Ombudsman
ISBN: 9780980608626
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
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Deposited On: 13 Apr 2010 22:07
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