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Associate Professor Sharron O'Neill

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Dr Sharron O'Neill is an Associate Professor in the Canberra School of Business at the University of NSW. She holds academic [BCom, MCom] and professional [CPA] accounting qualifications, as well as a PhD in corporate accountability for work health and safety (WHS).

Sharron's academic research builds on industry experience gained as a former accountant in manufacturing, transport and healthcare sectors. Her research examines the design,...view more

Dr Sharron O'Neill is an Associate Professor in the Canberra School of Business at the University of NSW. She holds academic [BCom, MCom] and professional [CPA] accounting qualifications, as well as a PhD in corporate accountability for work health and safety (WHS).

Sharron's academic research builds on industry experience gained as a former accountant in manufacturing, transport and healthcare sectors. Her research examines the design, measurement and reporting of performance measures for organisational governance and accountability. She has particular expertise in non-financial indicators of work health and safety (WHS) performance 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. 

Sharron chaired the Global Reporting Initiative's international GRI403 project working group to develop a revised global OHS reporting standard (launched September 2018). She currently serves on the evaluation working group of the National Mental Health Commission's National Workplace Initiative and served a three year term as Ministerial appointee on the ACT Government's advisory Work Safety Council (2017-2019). Sharron is a member of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS).

Expertise:  developing performance indicators to support WHS due diligence; performance management, governance and assurance of WHS and other employment relations issues.

 

My Grants

Research income for funded research projects on which Sharron is/was lead or chief investigator exceed  $609,620  (2012 - present).

These funded research projects (since 2016) include:

  • $124,565 (Led) Testing and Evaluating WHS Guidelines (Safe Work Australia, CAANZ, SIA)
  • $120,000 (Led) The Role of Accounting in Work Health and Safety Governance (CPA Australia, Safe Work Australia, Safety Institute of Australia, Macquarie University)
  • $104,946 (CI) Evaluating Approaches to Regulating WHS in the Road Transport Industry (TEACHO Ltd, Macquarie University)
  • $  99,995 (CI) Achieving Behaviour Change for the Prevention and Management of Lynch Syndrome (Cancer Institute NSW)
  • $ 26,900 (Led) Measuring and Reporting Guide (Safe Work NSW)
  • $ 25,000 (Led) Developing Executives' Intellectual Capital through Peer to Peer Networks (SafetyWorks, Australian Govt.)
 

My Qualifications

A/Prof. O'Neill holds academic [BCom, MCom] and professional [CPA] qualifications in accounting and a PhD in corporate accountability for work health and safety (WHS).

 

My Awards

Research awards:  

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.

 

Teaching awards:

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.

 

My Research Activities

 

 

My Engagement

Current

  • Evaluation working group, National Workplace Initiative, National Mental Health Commission, Australian Government

Previous

  • 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
 

My Teaching

Undergraduate program
   ZBUS1103: Introduction to Accounting

Postgraduate program
   ZBUS8108: Accounting and Financial Management
   ZBUS8310: Commercial Acumen

Executive education
   Measuring and Reporting on Work Health and Safety

 
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Location

Room 205, Building 27
School of Business
University of NSW (Canberra)
Northcott Drive,
Campbell ACT 2612

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Contact

+61-2-5114-5673

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