This research examines how various groups of stakeholders perceived Tasmania Together (TT), South Australia’s Strategic Plan (SASP), and Western Australia’s State Sustainability Strategy as an over-arching holistic sustainability public policy. It also investigates their opinions on the apparent political implications as well as the benefits of these policies.
This is because politic perception matters more than reality. In order to execute the research objectives, we conducted semi-structured, face-to-face interviews with a wide range of (primary, secondary, and tertiary) stakeholders across three states: Tasmania, South Australia, and Western Australia over a period of three months.
The key perception of stakeholders was that these overarching policies tried to reinforce a sense of accountability into the government and public administration. However, when the political elite felt that these policies were crossing the political threshold of accountability, or feared that actual implementation of the policy might cross the threshold, these policies were abolished or slowly abandoned or not even implemented.
In addition, the study highlighted stakeholders’ perception of the sustainable development concept, climate change and overall sustainability agenda. Lastly the study demonstrated that how particular groups of stakeholders (primary, secondary, and tertiary) can be useful to analyse particular aspects of public policy
Dr Kuntal Goswami IPA Public Accountant (MIPA AFA), Visiting Researcher, RegNet, ANU & Researcher, Australian Centre for Sustainable Development Research & Innovation (ACSDRI)