President’s Message

President’s Message

by kndsupport

Hello to all,

What an honour it was to be re-elected as President of the Society at the 2016 AGM.

I continue to be honoured as your President during a time when the Honourable Justice Glenn Martin is the Society’s Patron.

How fortunate I am to be able to rely upon the support and experience of the Immediate Past President Joanna Minchinton, she has set a high bar.

I have been a member for some time and I have always enjoyed the events and of course the camaraderie of the Society.   I will always recall my Advocacy in the Commission experience, the QIRC Commissioners were absolutely incredible and the practitioners who gave their time to deliver the course were sensational.  I still see my fellow participants and note that many of the Society practitioners of that time have gone on to become Barristers or senior staff within their organisations both public and private sector.

I found myself on the Committee following a Conference event,  it was a watershed moment for me, you really don’t know what goes on in an organisation until you join it. So many amazingly generous industrial relations practitioners whose only purpose is to serve their peers in the industry. All Society Committee members participate voluntarily, many of the events take time, personal time, to organise and can be logistically challenging, yet always delivered with professional aplomb.

Queensland has benefited from a number of long standing supporters from across the industrial relations sector, you can always identify who those supporters are as we acknowledge them at all the events, they are speakers, sponsors, organisations or individuals who donate items for events,  and many others who offer time and guidance. Thank you all.

The Society is able to offer industrial relations professional development events that are relevant to practitioners in both the state and federal jurisdiction, this is a measure of the depth of the Committee membership itself and our membership base. It is indeed from this depth that we are able to provide such a high standard of content, delivery and speakers.

Please feel free to get involved, use our facebook page, linked in, call a Committee member, email me, make suggestions, offer advice, join the Committee, we are always looking to ensure that our members remain engaged and hearing from you is a great way to measure that.

I hope to see you at our next event, please come and introduce yourself.


Jo McConnell

Industrial Relations Society of Queensland