Deirdre O'Neill

Assoc Professor

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Deirdre O'Neill is Associate Professor in Public Sector Management in the Department of Management where she teachs into the Master of Public Policy and Management program. She is also the Program Director of the Chile Summer Study Program run in partnership with the Business School of the University of Chile.

She was for six years the Academic Director of ANZSOG's Executive Master of Public Administration program. While at ANZSOG she was also the inaugural Academic Director of the Pacific Executive (PACE) Program, a public sector capacity building program delivered by ANZSOG in partnership with AusAID.

Her current research focus includes trust and the financial services sector and she is the project director of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies' Trust and Integrity Project. She is also involved in research assessing the impact of more than two decades of prisons privatisation in Victoria, and the accountability dimensions in the international development community.

She has numerous publications, including an edited book (The Contract State: Public Management and the Kennett Government), book chapters and articles in refereed Australian and international journals. She is the author (with Professor Owen Hughes) of Business, Government and Globalization, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008. She chairs the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Australia and New Zeakland School of Government. .

Her Ph.D - The Challenge of Administrative Reform: Public Service Reform Under the Hamer and Kennett Governments in Victoria - was awarded by Monash University in 2000.

Research interests

Trust and integrity in financial services

Prisons privatisation

NGO accountability

Public sector workforce development



  • Public Sector Management
  • Public Sector Workforce Development
  • Third Sector
  • Trust in financial services

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Projects 2007 2018

Developing new methods for building health policy capacity in Australia

Oldenburg, B., Eagar, K., Fleming, M., Hall, W., Legge, D., Lin, V., McDermott, R., O'Neill, D., Filby, D., Wilson, A. & Wilson, I.

Australian Research Council (ARC)


Project: Research

Research Output 1994 2017

Building horizontal coordination in Sri Lanka

Samaratunge, R., O'Neill, D., Coghill, K. & Wijayarathne, B., 13 Dec 2017, In : Public Administration and Development. 37, 5, p. 319-330 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Teaching ethics to undergraduate business students in Australia: Comparison of integrated and stand-alone approaches

Prior Jonson, E. W., McGuire, L. M. & O'Neill, D. L., 1 Dec 2015, In : Journal of Business Ethics. 132, 2, p. 477-491 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Land transactions: The Commission of Inquiry into Special Agricultural Business Leases (SABL)

O'Neill, D. L. & Sands, V. J., 2014, Securing a Prosperous Future: Papua New Guinea - Papers from the Second Annual Alfred Deakin Research Institute Papua New Guinea Symposium, 2012. Ritchie, J. & Verso, M. (eds.). Goolwa SA Australia: Crawford House Publishing, p. 43 - 62 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Negotiating tensions in developing organizational policy capacity: Comparative lessons to be drawn

Gleeson, D., Legge, D., O'Neill, D. & Pfeffer, M., 2011, In : Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice. 13, 3, p. 237 - 263 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2015 2016

  • 2 Committees and working groups
  • 1 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries
  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Australian Centre for Financial Studies (External organisation)

Deirdre O'Neill (Member)
Oct 2016Oct 2017

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

ANZSOG Human Research Ethics Committee

Deirdre O'Neill (Chair/ Co-Chair)
3 May 2016 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Academic Program Review

Deirdre O'Neill (Member)
May 2016

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Independent Inquiry into the EPA

Deirdre O'Neill (Contributor)
6 Nov 2015

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries