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The twenty year anniversary of Australia’s Oceans Policy: achievements, challenges and lessons for the future


Vince, J, The twenty year anniversary of Australia's Oceans Policy: achievements, challenges and lessons for the future, Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs, 10, (3) pp. 182-194. ISSN 1836-6503 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/18366503.2018.1490882


In 1998 the Australian government released Australia’s Oceans Policy. The oceans policy was a policy experiment that attempted new and untried methods of policy implementation through ecosystem based management approaches. However, the government’s initial goal to achieve ‘full’ integration across sectors and jurisdictions was never achieved. This paper examines the achievements, challenges and lessons learned from this complex and historically significant policy process that spanned over a decade. It reveals that despite the attempt at a holistic policy approach, the challenges to reconcile the jurisdictional and sectoral issues that are entrenched in Australian oceans governance contributed to the policy’s demise. These issues continue to shape ocean and marine resources management in Australia and given the timely event of the twenty-year anniversary of the launch of the policy the question is asked – what is the way for forward for Australian oceans governance?

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:oceans governance, Australia's Oceans Policy, marine spatial planning
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Vince, J (Dr Joanna Vince)
ID Code:126769
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-06-22
Last Modified:2018-12-07
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