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Minister

Honourable Minister Grace Grace

The Hon. Grace Grace MP

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations.

Contact details

Electorate Office Address
Unit 2 Hill House, 541 Boundary Street
(Corner Bradley Street)
SPRING HILL QLD 4000

Phone: (07) 3145 9100
Fax: (07) 3145 9109
Email: mcconnel [at] parliament.qld.gov.au

Ministerial Office Address
1 William Street
BRISBANE QLD 4000

Phone: (07) 3719 7110
Email: industrialrelations [at] ministerial.qld.gov.au

Executive management

Craig Allen

Craig Allen

Deputy Director-General, Office of Industrial Relations

Craig has held senior management positions for more than 22 years with a government career spanning more than 39 years. His previous position was with the Northern Territory Government as the Commissioner for Public Employment, prior to that he worked for the Queensland Government as the Assistant Director-General, Department of Education Training and Employment from July 2009 where he was responsible for strategic and corporate leadership in the management of the Department's human resources. He also held the position of Executive Director, Corporate Services, Queensland Department of Corrective Services.

Craig has a strong commitment to leading strategy that improves employee engagement, organisational performance and service delivery. In his current role he has a strong commitment to ensuring the work health and safety of all Queensland workers through the implementation of the Best Practice Review recommendations.

Craig also has tertiary qualifications with a Bachelor of Education from the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education and post graduate qualifications in public administration from Flinders University.

In his previous role as Commissioner he oversaw the successful negotiations of a range of Enterprise Agreements, the establishment of the Indigenous Employment and Career Development Unit and an increase to over 10% of indigenous employees in the public service, simplified recruitment processes, introduction of an Inclusion and Diversity strategy with a renewed focus on employees with a disability and enhanced professional development for public servants.

Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris

Executive Director, Business and Corporate Services

Andrew oversees the corporate functions of the Office of Industrial Relations. Previous roles include the Executive Director of Public Sector Industrial Relations, the Commonwealth Government workplace relations regulator and working in private legal practice, specialising in commercial law and workplace relations. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), as well as an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Griffith University and the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.

Janene Hillhouse

Janene Hillhouse

Executive Director, Workers’ Compensation Policy and Services

Janene leads the policy and regulatory functions of the workers’ compensation scheme and oversees the functions of Queensland’s workers’ compensation regulator. This includes the review and appeal of insurer decisions, licencing, performance monitoring and compliance of the scheme’s self-insurers, the Medical Assessment Tribunals, workers’ compensation prosecutions, and engagement services focused on educating doctors and rehabilitation and return to work coordinators. Previous roles have seen Janene managing legislative and policy projects across work health and safety, electrical safety and workers’ compensation, including Director, Workers’ Compensation Policy and Tribunal Services. Janene holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Information Technology, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.

Marc Dennett

Marc Dennett

Executive Director, Workplace Health and Safety Compliance and Field Services

Marc oversees the strategic direction of compliance and field services to enable industries to achieve safer workplaces. Responsibilities includes development and implementation of strategies to reduce the incidence of work related fatalities, injuries and disease within priority industry and hazard areas, investigations into work related fatalities and serious injuries in workplaces and domestic premises and overseeing the workplace health and safety inspectorate and Licensing and Advisory Services. Marc’s previous roles include Regional Director, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and Manager, Customer Services with WorkCover Queensland. He is a member of the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) Group and holds a Master of Business Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Sector Management).

Tony James

Tony James

Executive Director, Office of Industrial Relations

Tony oversees the Industrial Relations Division within the Office of Industrial Relations, including the Labour Hire Licensing and Compliance, Industrial Relations (Strategic Policy), Industrial Relations (Public Sector) and Industrial Relations (Regulation and Compliance) teams.

Previous roles include Executive Director of the Electrical Safety Office, Executive Director of the Industrial Relations Division and Tony has worked in various senior roles in financial and business services, human resource management and as chief information officer (ICT).

Tony holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Griffith University and the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.

Jodie Deakes

Jodie Deakes

Executive Director Work Health and Safety Engagement and Policy Services

Jodie leads services related to work and electrical safety policy, data and evaluation, coronial and enforceable undertaking services, awareness and engagement, industry strategy programs, regulatory strategy and board/industry sector standing committee services.

Jodie has extensive experience in developing evidence informed work health and safety strategies with a strong focus on risk based regulatory interventions and evaluation. With a passion for effective organisational design and culture, change management and governance Jodie has led a number of business improvement initiatives including the Future State Work Health and Safety Regulator Program to aid the transition from WorkCover NSW to SafeWork NSW and the design of the NSW WHS Roadmap 2022.

Jodie holds a Bachelor of Business Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Donna Heelan

Donna Heelan

Acting Executive Director Electrical Safety Office

Donna Heelan oversees the strategic delivery of electrical safety across Queensland, by developing and enforcing standards for electrical safety and promoting improved safety performance in the wider community. This includes enforcement activities to promote compliance, licensing, approval of electrical equipment and accreditation regimes, education and training to help reduce the risk of death, injury and destruction of property caused by electricity. Donna’s previous roles include Regional Director, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland; Director, Agriculture and Manager, Coronial Liaison Support Services. She is a member of the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC), Chair, Standing Committee of Officials, Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS), and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.

Yasmin Cox

Executive Director Specialised Health and Safety Services

Yasmin oversees teams of asbestos, engineering, major hazard facilities, hazardous chemicals, occupational health and hygiene, work design and ergonomic and psychological health specialists. These teams provide technical and advisory support to industry and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s compliance functions across the regions. Yasmin is a member of the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) Group. Her combined industry and strong regulatory experience across private and public sectors as an Inspector, Investigator, lay advocate and professional consulting experience with firms including KPMG and WSP offer a unique skill set within the Executive Management team.

Yasmin holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (eMBA), a Master of Health Science (Occupational Health and Safety), a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management and Workplace Mental Health and Counselling), a Diploma in Government (Investigation) and is a Certified Associate in Asset Management.

Further information

Last updated 09 July 2020