14th September 2020

His Honour Judge Nathan Jarro graduated from QUT in 2000 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) and was called to the Bar in 2004 and in 2018 was appointed to the District Court of Queensland, making him the State’s first Indigenous judge and the second in Australia.

He was appointed to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) in 2009 and presided over minor civil disputes and the human rights divisions. In 2009 he was also appointed to the Children Services Tribunal and has also served on the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

His Honour Judge Jarro, who identifies as Ghangulu on his father’s side and with connections to Bidjara on his mother’s, acted as a part-time member of the Aboriginal Land Tribunal in 2015 which assists parties with native title applications and Indigenous Land Use Agreements as well as conducts inquiries, reviews, mediation and arbitral and administrative decision-making.

He was an Indigenous representative on the QUT Council from 2008 to 2012 and served as chair of QUT’s Indigenous Education and Employment Consultative Committee for four years from 2014. He has continued his association with QUT on the Faculty of Law’s Advisory Group.

Professor Dan Hunter, Executive Dean of the QUT Faculty of Law said His Honour Judge Jarro’s contributions to the legal profession and his community demonstrate commitment, ambition and integrity.

“He is a role model for other young aspiring and practising Indigenous lawyers who has demonstrated core values congruent with QUT’s throughout his career and in his commitment to the university, Indigenous and wider communities,” Professor Dan Hunter said.

QUT Media contact: Niki Widdowson, 3138 2999 or n.widdowson@qut.edu.au.

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