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Australia's oceans policy: past, present and future


Vince, J and Smith, ADM and Sainsbury, KJ and Cresswell, ID and Smith, DC and Haward, M, Australia's oceans policy: past, present and future, Marine Policy, 57 pp. 1-8. ISSN 0308-597X (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2015.02.014


Australia has a large and diverse marine jurisdiction. A federal division of responsibilities matched with complex intergovernmental arrangements shapes management of this jurisdiction. This paper first outlines Australia׳s ocean governance arrangements and then reviews attempts to establish a national Australian Oceans Policy in the late 1990s. Notwithstanding attempts to implement an integrated policy framework across jurisdictions and sectors this ambitious policy framework has not met its original aspirations. However some new approaches have been introduced into a range of ocean sectors. The paper explores twenty plus years of oceans policy development and implementation and identifies key future challenges in implementing national oceans policy.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:oceans policy, governance, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Vince, J (Associate Professor Joanna Vince)
UTAS Author:Sainsbury, KJ (Professor Keith Sainsbury)
UTAS Author:Haward, M (Professor Marcus Haward)
ID Code:99747
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:30
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-04-08
Last Modified:2018-04-06

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