Using Public Procurement to Promote Better Labour Standards in Australia: A Case Study of Responsive Regulatory Design

Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 51, No. 4, 2009

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 507

26 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2010

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John Howe

University of Melbourne Law School

Ingrid Landau

Monash University; Monash University

Date Written: November 15, 2010

Abstract

The former Federal Coalition Government’s industrial relations reforms restricted the capacity of state governments to make labour law, inspiring them to consider more innovative ways of regulating labour standards in the private sector including through greater use of public procurement. This article presents a case study of a program in which an Australian state government has sought to use its purchasing power to regulate labour standards in the cleaning industry. The authors assess this program against a model of responsive regulation. They suggest that there is potential to extend this model to other areas of government procurement.

Keywords: government procurement, labour standards, responsive regulation

JEL Classification: K00, K31

Suggested Citation

Howe, John B and Landau, Ingrid, Using Public Procurement to Promote Better Labour Standards in Australia: A Case Study of Responsive Regulatory Design (November 15, 2010). Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 51, No. 4, 2009, U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 507, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1709128

John B Howe (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne Law School ( email )

Centre for Employment & Labour Relations Law
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia
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Ingrid Landau

Monash University

Wellington Road
Victoria, Roodepoort 3145
Australia

Monash University ( email )

Caulfield Campus
900 Dandenong Road Caulfield East
Melbourne, Australia, Victoria 3145
Australia

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