Infringement notices: stimulus for prevention or trivialising offences?

Bluff, Liz & Johnstone, Richard (2003) Infringement notices: stimulus for prevention or trivialising offences? Journal of Occupational Health and Safety Australia and New Zealand, 19(4), pp. 337-346.

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In the OHS field increasing use is being made of administrative penalties to enforce OHS legislation. Infringement notices (also known as penalty notices or on-the-spot fines) are used in several Australian jurisdictions and there are plans to introduce them in others. Overseas jurisdictions with some form of OHS administrative penalty include the United States, some Canadian provinces, and the system recently enacted in New Zealand. This article reviews empirical evidence and legal arguments about the use of infringement notices for enforcing OHS legislation. Key factors influencing the impact of these notices are discussed, including the monetary amounts of penalties, the nature of offences, the criteria and processes for issuing notices, and other implementation issues. There is a need for further empirical studies to determine the characteristics of infringement notice schemes that are most effective in motivating preventive action.

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ID Code: 78211
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0815-6409
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 C C H Australia Ltd.
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2014 02:30
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2014 02:30

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