QUT Law alumnus, barrister, tribunal member and board director Nathan Jarro has been appointed as Queensland’s first Indigenous Judge.
The appointment has been described by Attorney General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath as “an important appointment for Queensland justice.”
Mr Jarro graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) / Bachelor of Laws in 1999. Early in his degree, Mr Jarro was the recipient of the John Koowarta Reconciliation Scholarship which promotes the study and practise of law by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
After significant litigation experience in family and criminal law, Mr Jarro now specialises in insurance, administrative and property law. He is one of 16 Indigenous barristers in Australia.
Mr Jarro is continuously involved with the community. He is the Chair of the QUT Indigenous Education, Research and Employment Consultative Committee which provides advice on Indigenous policy and strategy and monitors specific Indigenous education, research and employment programs. The Committee also facilitates and develops strategic relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and local groups.
Mr Jarro developed the Reconciliation Action Plan for the Queensland Theatre company before taking his current position as Board Director, and he is a former Director of National Indigenous Television (NITV). Mr Jarro was also a Member of the QUT Council between 2008 and 2012, and a sessional tutor.
We congratulate Mr Jarro on his appointment.