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Australian ocean governance : initiatives and challenges

Haward, M and Vince, J 2009 , 'Australian ocean governance : initiatives and challenges' , Coastal Management, vol. 37, no. 1 , pp. 1-16 , doi:

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The last decade has seen increasing attention to institutional arrangements and policy outcomes affecting the governance of the world’s seas and oceans. Governance is linked to institutional capacity and to effectiveness of public organizations drawing attention to tools and approaches underpinning effective and efficient institutional arrangements. Australia has taken a high profile in oceans governance, with international actions matched by the development of a number of national initiatives including a national oceans policy. Australia has numerous laws and policy instruments addressing aspects of the management of the marine environment, reflecting the federal nature of this policy area where responsibility is shared between the Commonwealth (federal or Australian) government and Australian state and territory governments. The Oceans Policy, implemented by the Commonwealth and applied within Commonwealth jurisdiction, has been a major initiative but its implementation highlights a number of challenges. This article outlines Australia’s approach to ocean governance and assesses, through reference to the concept of effectiveness, current governance arrangements integral to the Oceans Policy.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Haward, M and Vince, J
Keywords: Australia; federal-state relations; governance; ocean governance; ocean policy
Journal or Publication Title: Coastal Management
ISSN: 0892-0753
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