Deirdre O'Neill

Assoc Professor

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Associate Professor Deirdre O'Neill teaches public policy and public sector reform in the School of Social Sciences where she is also the Course Director of the Master of Public Policy. She is 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 prisons privatisation, public sector reform and 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 Zealand 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

Prisons privatisation

NGO accountability

Public sector workforce development


Education/Academic qualification

Public administration, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Political Science , BA (Hons), The University of Melbourne

Research area keywords

  • Public Sector Management
  • Public sector reform
  • Prisons privatisation

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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 2019

Cheaper, better, and more accountable? Twenty-five years of prisons privatisation in Victoria

Sands, V., O'Neill, D. & Hodge, G., May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Australian Journal of Public Administration. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Privatisation as an instrument of social welfare provision: the case of prisons privatisation in Victoria, Australia

O'Neill, D., Sands, V. & Hodge, G., 2019. 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperOtherpeer-review

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

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

Academic Program Review

Deirdre O'Neill (Member)
May 2016

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

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

Independent Inquiry into the EPA

Deirdre O'Neill (Contributor)
6 Nov 2015

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