WHS performance measurement and reporting
Fields of Research (FoR)Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement, Management Accounting, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, Sustainability Accounting and Reporting, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Dr Sharron O'Neill is Associate Professor of accounting in the Canberra School of Business at the University of NSW. Sharron's research examines the design, measurement and reporting of performance measures for operational decision-making, governance and accountability. She has particular expertise in non-financial indicators of work health and safety (WHS) and advises government, investors and industry (executives and Boards) on WHS...view more
Dr Sharron O'Neill is Associate Professor of accounting in the Canberra School of Business at the University of NSW. Sharron's research examines the design, measurement and reporting of performance measures for operational decision-making, governance and accountability. She has particular expertise in non-financial indicators of work health and safety (WHS) 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 and has been chief investigator on funded research projects totalling over $1,417,000 and has published her research in publications including journal articles, industry research reports and media and delivered keynote and invited conference presentations at more than 60 academic and industry conferences in Australian and Internationally.
Sharron's research has contributed to global policy debate and reform on the measurement and reporting of WHS performance through roles including Chair of the Global Reporting Initiative's international GRI403 project working group, the Queensland Government's safety leadership expert reference group (2018), the ACT Government's Work Safety Council (ministerial appointee 2017-2019) and the evaluation working group of the National Mental Health Commission's National Workplace Initiative.
Sharron currently teaches introductory financial and management accounting at postgraduate and undergraduate levels and has previously taught advanced accounting, accounting theory, research methods and issues in corporate social responsibility. Her academic research and teaching is underpinned by financial accounting industry experience gained in manufacturing, transport and healthcare sectors, as well as academic and professional accounting qualifications and a PhD in corporate accountability for work health and safety (WHS). Sharron is a member of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS) and the National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA).
Expertise: developing performance indicators to support WHS due diligence; performance management, governance and assurance of WHS and other employment relations issues.
Research income for funded research projects on which Sharron is/was lead or chief investigator since 2012 exceeds $1,417,200 (includes $1,080,421 external funding).
Funded projects awarded/commenced in 2021, total $461,800
- Mentally Healthy Workplaces (Centre for Workplace Health & Safety, NSW Government)
- The ageing demographic of the Australian workforce: prevention of work health and safety harm (Centre for Workplace Health & Safety, NSW Government)
- Accountability and resource allocation (PSRG, School of Business, UNSW Canberra)
Completed research projects funded 2016-2020 total $945,406 ($608,621 external)
- (Lead) Measuring and Reporting Guide (Safe Work NSW)
- (Lead) Developing Executives' Intellectual Capital through Peer to Peer Networks (SafetyWorks, Australian Govt.)
- (Lead) Testing and Evaluating WHS Guidelines (Safe Work Australia, CAANZ, SIA)
- (Lead) The Role of Accounting in Work Health and Safety Governance (CPA Australia, Safe Work Australia, Safety Institute of Australia, Macquarie University)
- (CI) Evaluating Approaches to Regulating WHS in the Road Transport Industry (TEACHO Ltd)
- (CI) Achieving Behaviour Change for the Prevention & Management of Lynch Syndrome (Cancer Institute NSW)
- (CI) Impact of NSW Workers' Compensation Legislation 2012 (Unions NSW)
- (CI) National portable long service leave (McKell Institute)
- Bachelor of Commerce, major: accounting, University of Western Sydney 1993
- Master of Commerce (Honours), in management accounting, University of New South Wales 2003. Supervisor: Prof. W.F. Chua. 2003
- PhD, corporate accountability for work health and safety (WHS), RMIT University. Supervisor: Prof. C. Deegan 2010
- CPA - CPA Australia 1996
- GAICD - Australian Institute of Company Directors 2017
2014: Faculty of Business & Economics Research Impact Excellence Award. Macquarie University.
2014: Vice Chancellors Research Excellence Award (FBE) - Highly Commended. Macquarie University.
2014: United Nations - Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), Academic-Investor network conference, Best Paper Award - Highly commended.
2004: College of Law and Business, Individual Teaching Excellence Award. Western Sydney University.
2003: Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards – Excellence in Teaching, Highly Commended. Western Sydney University.
University service award:
2003: Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards – Excellence in Social Justice, Commended. Western Sydney University.
- Evaluation working group, National Workplace Initiative, National Mental Health Commission
- Chair, GRI403 working group, Global Reporting Initiative (2016-2018)
- Ministerial appointee, ACT Work Safety Council, ACT Government (2017-2019)
- Judging panel, WHS Award, Australasian Reporting Awards (2014-2018)
- Invited member, Supply chain reference group, Office of Industrial Relations, QLD Government (2016)
- Invited member, Research grant assessment panel, WorkCover NSW, NSW Government (2015)
>50 speaking engagements for the accounting profession, WHS profession, industry and Government
ZBUS1103: Introduction to Accounting
ZBUS8108: Accounting and Financial Management
ZBUS8310: Commercial Acumen
Measuring and Reporting on Work Health and Safety