Organisations in the Australian public sector have faced
significant reforms in recent years. One of these reforms
emphasises increased accountability and competition. This study
provides an overview of the accountability processes relating to
grant funding and the impact of these processes upon New South
Wales Bushcare environmental volunteering organisations.
Neo-institutional theory is used to explore the accountability
structures and reveal the dynamics organisations displayed as they
operated within an institutional field. Competition within the
field increases as more Bushcare organisations contend for scarce
funding. The adoption of business-like practices have proliferated
throughout the field of Bushcare organisations and these
taken-for-granted practices by Bushcare organisations has a
legitimising effect on those within the field. Practical
implications of these responses to institutional pressures are
provided and findings suggest further research opportunities on
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