The AIER Executive warmly congratulates Paul Munro on becoming a Member of the Order of Australia, announced in the Queen’s Birthday honours.

Paul, who is currently Acting President of AIER, has had a long and distinguished career in industrial relations and industrial law as a lawyer, a trade union official and as an arbitrator, including as a Senior Deputy President of the then Australian Industrial Relations Commission until 2004.

Since his retirement from the Commission, Paul has continued to contribute to improving industrial and employment relations in Australia. Paul has been active in the AIER since its inception and has contributed tirelessly to AIER’s success. He was a key architect of AIER’s Australian Charter of Employment Rights the seminal tool that has guided AIER’s work since 2007.

From 2005-2012, Paul was Patron of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales.

Paul was also Deputy Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Insecure Work, sponsored by Australian Council of Trade Unions, 2011-2012 and an Adviser to the recent Inquiry into the current role and contextual complexities of principals and deputy principals in Western Australian public schools – Documenting the Dimensions.

Those who have worked with Paul note his generosity of intellect and the genuine affection with which he mentors those who he takes under his wing.

Paul has made a significant contribution to both public life and public administration and the AIER welcomes the recognition of his work through the Australian Honours system.

Paul becomes a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

This is recognition well deserved and well earned.

Lisa Heap
Executive Director, AIER