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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.

Brad Bick

Brad Bick

Acting Executive Director, WHS Engagement and Policy Services

Brad has more than 20 years of public sector and work health and safety experience across a range of roles including as a work health and safety inspector, policy developer as well as private sector experience in implementing safety on the ground and advocacy services.

As the Acting Executive Director - Work Health and Safety Engagement and Policy Services he has specific legislative and policy responsibilities for electrical and work health and safety and provides strategic direction to the planning, development and implementation of government priorities that enable industries to achieve safer workplaces. Brad holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (OHS), Diploma of Government (Workplace Inspection) and Graduate Certificate (Public Policy Analysis).

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.

Jonathan Shield

Jonathan Shield

Acting Executive Director, Specialised Health and Safety Services

Jonathan oversees teams of asbestos, engineering, major hazard facilities, hazardous chemicals and dangerous goods, occupational health and hygiene, ergonomic and psychological health specialists who provide technical and advisory support to industry and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s compliance functions across the regions. He is the current Chair of the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) Group. Jonathan's previous roles include managing the secretariat functions for the Work Health and Safety and Electrical Safety Boards and the Electrical Licensing Committee. He was previously Director of Review and Appeals for workers’ compensation and work health and safety and electrical safety dispute resolution functions. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Certificates in Applied Corporate Governance and Policy Analysis.

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.

Victoria Thomson

Victoria Thomson

Executive Director, Electrical Safety Office

Victoria is responsible for setting a strategic direction and delivering services to ensure Queenslanders are electrically safe at work, in their homes and in the community. Victoria has more than 20 years of public sector experience across a range of management, policy and operational roles as well as private sector experience in consultancy services and the resource sector. Previously, Victoria led Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s focus on priority industries through programs and partnerships. She is a current member of the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council and chairs their Electrical Licensing Committee, and the Electricity (Transmission and Distribution) Industry Health and Safety Consultative Committee. Victoria holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, as well as an Executive Master of Public Administration.

Further information

Last updated 11 July 2019