Associate Professor Sharron O'Neill

LOCATION

Room 205, Building 27
School of Business
University of NSW (Canberra)
Northcott Drive,
Campbell ACT 2612

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Dr Sharron O'Neill is an Associate Professor in the Canberra School of Business at the University of NSW. She holds academic [BCom, MCom] and professional [CPA] accounting qualifications, as well as a PhD in corporate accountability for work health and safety (WHS).

Sharron's management accounting research complements industry experience gained in former her career as a financial accountant in manufacturing, transport and healthcare industries. Her research examines the design, measurement and reporting of performance measures for organisational governance and accountability. She has particular expertise in non-financial indicators of work health and safety (WHS) performance and advises government, investors and industry (executives and Boards) on WHS performance measurement and reporting. Sharron leads collaborative research projects that bring the accounting and safety professions together with industry, government and academia. 

Sharron recently chaired the Global Reporting Initiative's international GRI403 project working group to develop a revised global OHS reporting standard (launched September 2018) and is a member of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA).

Specialties:  developing performance indicators to support WHS due diligence; performance management, governance and assurance of WHS and other employment relations issues.

Journal articles

Thornthwaite L; O'Neill S, 2019, 'Mobilising evidence in public policy: The contribution of the evidence provider', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 78, pp. 137 - 154, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12346

Long JC; Debono D; Williams R; Salisbury E; O'Neill S; Eykman E; Butler J; Rawson R; Phan-Thien KC; Thompson SR, 2018, 'Using behaviour change and implementation science to address low referral rates in oncology 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1117 Public Health and Health Services', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-3653-1

O'Neill S; Flanagan J; Clarke K, 2016, 'Safewash! Risk attenuation and the (Mis)reporting of corporate safety performance to investors', Safety Science, vol. 83, pp. 114 - 130, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2015.11.007

Taylor N; Long JC; Debono D; Williams R; Salisbury E; O'Neill S; Eykman E; Braithwaite J; Chin M, 2016, 'Achieving behaviour change for detection of Lynch syndrome using the Theoretical Domains Framework Implementation (TDFI) approach: A study protocol', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-016-1331-8

Markey R; Ferris S; McIvor J; Thornthwaite L; Wright CF; Muhidin S; O'Neill S; Parr N, 2016, 'Extending employment entitlements to non-standard workers: Alternative models for long service leave portability', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 58, pp. 46 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185615598187

Holley S; Thornthwaite L; O’Neill S; Markey R, 2015, 'Reforming a complex system: the case of NSW workers’ compensation and return to work', Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, vol. 25, pp. 85 - 99, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10301763.2015.1034969

O’Neill S; McDonald G; Michael CD, 2015, 'Lost in translation: Institutionalised logic and the problematisation of accounting for injury', Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol. 28, pp. 180 - 209, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-03-2014-1625

Holley S; Thornthwaite L; Markey R; O'Neill S, 2015, 'NSW Workers' Compensation Reform: A Parody of Evidence-based Policy Making', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 74, pp. 151 - 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12125

O'Neill SM; Wolfe, K, 2014, 'Officers' due diligence: Is work health and safety an accounting problem?', Journal of Health and Safety Research and Practice, vol. 6, pp. 15 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/https://sia.org.au/research/journals/volume6-issue1/vol6iss1-pp-15-21.html

Clarke K; Flanagan J; O'Neill S, 2012, 'Success in winning Australian Research Council grants as a measure of comparative professionalised disciplinary research activity', Pacific Accounting Review, vol. 24, pp. 51 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01140581211221551

Clarke K; Flanagan J; O'Neill S, 2011, 'Winning ARC grants: comparing accounting with other commerce-related disciplines', Accounting Research Journal, vol. 24, pp. 213 - 244, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/10309611111186984

Clarke K; Flanagan J; O'Neill S, 2008, 'The Financial Information Value Chain: Repositioning Accounting Knowledge', AUSTRALASIAN ACCOUNTING BUSINESS AND FINANCE JOURNAL, vol. 2, pp. 82 - 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.14453/aabfj.v2i1.6

O'Neill S, 2007, 'The road to profit', Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, vol. 20, pp. 160 - 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513570710731245

Clarke KJ, 2005, 'Is the Environmental Professional... an Accountant?', Greener Management International, vol. 49, pp. 110 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.9774/GLEAF.3062.2005.sp.00011

Clarke K; O'Neill S, 2005, 'Is the environmental professional... An accountant?', Greener Management International, pp. 111 - 124

Reports

O'Neill SM; Wolfe K, 2017, Measuring and reporting on work health and safety, Safe Work Australia, Canberra, http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Pages/Measuring-and-reporting-on-work-health-and-safety

Thornthwaite L; O'Neill SM, 2017, Regulating the Work Health and Safety of Australian Road Freight Transport Drivers, Transport Education, Audit, Compliance, Health Organisation (TEACHO) Ltd., Sydney NSW, Summary

Thornthwaite L; O'Neill SM, 2017, Evaluating approaches to regulating WHS in the Australian road freight transport industry, Transport Education, Audit, Compliance, Health Organisation (TEACHO) Ltd., Sydney, NSW, Final Report, http://www.teacho.com.au/images/TEACHO_Final_Report.pdf

O'Neill SM; Wolfe K, 2017, Informing Officers' Decisions: A guide to reporting on WHS performance, UNSW Canberra, Canberra

O'Neill SM; Wolfe K; Holley S, 2015, Performance measurement, incentives and organisational culture: implications for leading safe and healthy work, Safe Work Australia, Canberra, The role of accounting in work health and safety governance, 4/4, http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/834/Performance-measurement-incentives-organisational-culture.pdf

Markey R; Holley S; Thornthwaite L; O'Neill SM, 2015, The impact on injured workers of changes to NSW workers' compensation: Report 3, Unions NSW, Sydney, July 6 2012- November 2015

Martinov-Bennie N; O'Neill SM; Cheung A, 2014, Issues in the Assurance and Verification of WHS Information, Safe Work Australia, Canberra, The role of accounting in work health and safety governance, 2/4, http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/834/Issues-Assurance-Verification-WH-%20Information-Review.pdf

O'Neill SM, 2014, The business case for safe, healthy and productive work: Implications for resource allocation, Safe Work Australia, Canberra, The role of accounting in work health and safety governance, 3/4, http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/834/business-case-for-safe-healthy-productive-work.pdf

Markey R; Holley S; Thornthwaite L; O'Neill SM, 2014, The Impact on Injured Workers of Changes to NSW Workers’ Compensation: June 2012 Legislative Amendments, Report 2, Unions NSW, Sydney, 2, http://dx.doi.org/https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/unionsnsw/pages/1271/attachments/original/1425015394/Report_no._2_-_December_2014_-_Final.pdf?1425015394

Markey R; Ferris S; Kyng T; Lavermicocca C; Muhidin S; O'Neill SM; Parr N; Thornthwaite L; Wright C, 2013, The Case for a National Portable Long Service Leave Scheme in Australia, The McKell Institute, McKell Institute, http://mckellinstitute.org.au/plsl

O'Neill SM; Martinov-Bennie N; Cheung A, 2013, Issues in the Measurement and Reporting of Work Health and Safety Performance, Safe Work Australia, Canberra, The Role of Accounting in Work Health and Safety, 1, http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/834/Issues-Measurement-Reporting-WHS-Performance.pdf

Markey R; Holley S; O'Neill SM; Thornthwaite L, 2013, The Impact on Injured Workers of Changes to NSW Workers’ Compensation: June 2012 Legislative Amendments, Macquarie University, Sydney, 1, http://www.businessandeconomics.mq.edu.au/faculty_docs/workforce_futures/1_Dec_The_Impact_on_Injured_Workers_of_Changes_to_NSW_Workers_.pdf

Theses / Dissertations

O'Neill SM, 2010, Accounting for lost time: examining corporate accountability to stakeholders for occupational health and safety, thesis, RMIT University, http://researchbank.rmit.edu.au/view/rmit:13632

O'Neill SM, 2003, A Study of the Effect of Organisational Visibility and Environmental Impact on the Adoption of Risk Management Strategy, thesis, University of NSW

Conference Presentations

O'Neill S, 2019, 'Measurement and reporting of WHS performance', in , ORCHSE Asia Pacific Health, Safety and Environment Forum, Sydney, presented at ORCHSE Asia Pacific Health, Safety and Environment Forum, Sydney, 17 - 19 July 2019

O'Neill S; Thornthwaite L, 2018, 'Constructing silence on health and safety: The case of road freight transport workers', in , 6th Precarious employment and vulnerable workers conference, Auckland, New Zealand, presented at 6th Precarious employment and vulnerable workers conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 31 January - 01 February 2018, http://dx.doi.org/https://cohsr.aut.ac.nz/news-and-events/6th-international-conference-on-precarious-work-and-vulnerable-workers

Thornthwaite L; O'Neill S, 2018, 'Employee silence when regulatory voice mechanisms exist: bullying, retribution and truck driver safety', in , AIRAANZ 2018, Adelaide, Australia, presented at AIRAANZ 2018, Adelaide, Australia, 07 - 09 February 2018, http://www.airaanz.org/

O'Neill S, 2018, 'WHS Reporting', in , SafeWork NSW - Musculoskeletal Disorder Symposium, Sydney, Australia, presented at SafeWork NSW - Musculoskeletal Disorder Symposium, Sydney, Australia, 08 - 09 November 2018, http://dx.doi.org/https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/385629/MSD-Symposium-2018-program-SW09053.pdf

O'Neill S, 2018, 'GRI403: The New Global (OHS Reporting) Standard', in , Safety Forum, Mecure Sydney International Airport, Sydney, presented at Safety Forum, Mecure Sydney International Airport, Sydney, 25 - 26 September 2018, http://dx.doi.org/https://www.sia.org.au/events/safety-forum-2018

Thornthwaite L; O'Neill S, 2017, 'Challenges in Supply Chain Regulation: WHS in the road freight transport sector', in , Fifth Regulating for Decent Work, Geneva, Switzerland, presented at Fifth Regulating for Decent Work, Geneva, Switzerland, 03 - 05 July 2017, http://www.rdw-conference.org/pages/info

O'Neill S; Thornthwaite L, 2017, 'Owner Driver Remuneration and Road Safety: New Survey Evidence', in , AIRAANZ 2017, Canberra, Australia, presented at AIRAANZ 2017, Canberra, Australia, 08 - 10 February 2017, http://www.airaanz.org/news/airaanz-conference-2017

O'Neill S, 2017, 'Driving WHS Performance', in , Injury Prevention and Return to Work, Brisbane, Australia, presented at Injury Prevention and Return to Work, Brisbane, Australia, 19 - 19 October 2017, http://dx.doi.org/https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/whats-on/swm-events/2017/other-events/injury-prevention-and-return-to-work-conference

O'Neill S, 2017, 'How the choice of lead and lag KPIs influence WHS outcomes', in , Injury Prevention and Management, Brisbane (3 Aug), Mackay (15 Aug), Townsville (29 Aug), presented at Injury Prevention and Management, Brisbane (3 Aug), Mackay (15 Aug), Townsville (29 Aug), 03 - 29 August 2017, http://dx.doi.org/https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety

O'Neill S, 2017, 'Measuring to improve supply chain WHS performance', in , Supply Chain Forum, Cairns (16 Aug), Rockhampton (30 Aug), Roma (5 Sept), presented at Supply Chain Forum, Cairns (16 Aug), Rockhampton (30 Aug), Roma (5 Sept), 16 August - 05 September 2017, http://dx.doi.org/https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety

Media

Thornthwaite L; O'Neill S, Better by Design

O'Neill S; Taylor N, Lynch syndrome explainer: a common cancer risk few have heard of

O'Neill S, Officers need good data

O'Neill S, Pushing it up the chain: why big business can't ignore truck safety

O'Neill S; Holley S, Workers’ comp needs real reform, not ‘red tape’ fiddling

O'Neill S, Getting serious about the 'chain of responsibility'