Queensland Voices Dr Susan Harris Rimmer Griffith University

Queensland Voices: Dr Susan Harris Rimmer, Griffith Law School

Dr Susan Harris Rimmer returned to Queensland four years ago to become an Associate Professor at the Griffith Law School, and continue her research into women’s rights under international law. She has been an active part of the Human Rights Act for Queensland Campaign and will teach the first law course on the new legislation.

Sue gives frequent community talks to schools, refugee groups, women’s service organisations, the UN Association of Queensland, and human rights groups. She is an Equity Champion at Griffith, with a special interest in supporting students from low socio-economic backgrounds who are first in family to attend university, as she was. With Dr Sara Davies, she coordinates the Griffith Gender Equality Research Network to encourage early career researchers to focus on gender equality issues.

Sue was involved with the creation of the position of the Global Ambassador for Women and Girls in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She supported the creation of the W20 summit in Turkey, and the C20 in Australia (the civil society grouping giving policy advice to the G20), and represented Queensland women as Australia’s representative to the W20 in Xian, China in 2016 and Berlin, Germany in 2017.

In 2018, Sue was named one of the top 100 global gender experts by Apolitical. She does frequent media interviews and opinion pieces in support of women’s leadership and equal rights. Sue has previously served on the boards of the Refugee Council of Australia, UN Women National Committee of Australia, and was President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. She is currently on the board of the International Womens Development Agency and Chair of the new global gender data start-up 360 Impact Data.


Being part of a community campaign that cheered the passage of the Human Rights Act in Queensland. I will do my utmost to make its provisions a lived reality for all Queenslanders.


When I first moved to Queensland at 17 years old to attend University of Queensland Law School, I thought the Great Court was something very special, and I still do. With the jacarandas in bloom and scholars on the lawn, it is my favourite place to drink a coffee, read a book and just think, anywhere in Australia.


Be brave and realise you do have power. I believe the best quality in a person is accountability – I do what I say I will do. I do my best but I am also allowed to fail. But by golly I try.


Queensland is built by amazing Queenslanders. Every day women in Queensland are taking action to make Queensland safer for women, to help women’s health and wellbeing, to build women’s economic security and to increase women’s participation in the workforce and female leadership. Femeconomy is showcasing 20 women from across Queensland that are delivering the Queensland Government’s Women’s Strategy. 

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Jade Collins has 20 years’ global experience in corporate executive Human Resources and management consulting roles in the Mining, Energy and Aerospace industries, leading large scale, complex multi-million-dollar change management programs. Jade finds the combination of her HR, Psychology and MBA qualifications and her leadership experience is invaluable for increasing gender equality in leadership across industries. Jade was a member of the Queensland Government's Strategic Advisory Group for the Toward Gender Parity: Women on Boards Initiative and the 2019 CQU Alumni of the Year for Social Impact for her work with Femeconomy.