Personal details

Professor Julie-Anne Tarr
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Accountancy
Discipline *
Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
+61 7 3138 2880
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Arts (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Professional memberships
and associations


PhD (University of Queensland), Juris Doctor (Cornell), LLM (Monash), BA (Wisconsin)



Current: Primary Health Network (Gold Coast) Board, Australian Government (Department of Health), Chair, Finance, Audit & Risk (2015 – );   Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Board, (Queensland Health), Chair, Audit & Risk (2016 – )


Prior:   Q-Pharm (Biotechnology);  Q-Gen (Biotechnology); USP Solutions (Project management and joint venture contracting, tertiary services provision, infrastructure development); Flannery’s Proprietary Ltd (Health & Organics); Robyn Ashton Pty Ltd, (Consulting – superannuation, insurance & audit), QIMR Berghofer Human Research Ethics Committee; Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Committee (Qld)


Company Secretary Roles:  Queensland Institute of Medical Research Council, Queensland Institute of Medical Research Trust


Other Significant Positions and Roles

  • Chair, Australian Business Deans Council 2109 Journal Review, Business and Taxation Law
  • Editor, Insurance & Transport, Australian Business Law Journal, (2015- )
  • Head, Regulation, Tax and Commercial Law Section, School of Accountancy, QUT (2013 – )
  • Clyde & Co, Senior Consultant (Insurance, Emerging Technologies)

Memberships, Diplomas, Certifications: Australian Institute of Management, Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Law Council of Australia (Business Law Section), International Bar Association (Insurance), The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Associate), Mediation and Cross-Cultural Mediation certificates


Insurance, insurance fraud, consumer, Emerging technologies, regulation, risk, innovation, commercialization, directors duties, corporate governance, big data, block chain, privacy, drones regulation, drones insurance, drones risk, consumer protection

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Professor Tarr brings to her teaching and research a diverse background in:

  • financial services, commercial law and consumer protection
  • insurance, risk and regulation
  • complex project management
  • corporate administration, governance & ethics
  • not-for-profit change management
  • emerging technology regulation

She has previously held senior appointments in:

  • the United States (Indiana)
  • Australia (where she has taught at Monash, Bond and University of Queensland)
  • the University of the South Pacific

In addition, she has served as the General Manager, CEO or Director of a range of organisations including:

  • Queensland Institute of Medical Research
  • Indiana University’s International Programs Office
  • USP Solutions (the private commercial arm of the University of the South Pacific)
  • Litigation Reform Commission (Qld)

She has authored six books and legal treatises in the field of insurance, consumer protection and contracting; 70+ peer reviewed articles, book chapters, law reform reports and submissions; held Directorships of commercial and government Boards; and worked extensively as a consultant in the private commercial sector.

Research Affiliations – QUT

  • Center for Future Enterprise, foundation member
  • Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Fellow
  • Behavioural Economics Studies Center, Affiliate

Research interests include regulation, disclosure and consumer protection in:

  • complex contracts
  • insurance law and risk
  • complex project management, joint venture structures, start ups, intellectual property
  • governance, ethics and corporate oversight
  • health services delivery, biotechnology and medical research governance
  • legal philosophy, comparative law and history
This information has been contributed by Professor Julie-Anne Tarr.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
QUT Vice Chancellor Performance Award Outstanding Research, 2017
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
QUT Vice Chancellors Performance Award (Research Culture), 2014
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
QUT David Gardiner Outstanding Teacher of the Year, nominee 2014
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
QUT Vice Chancellors Performance Award (outstanding publication), 2010


  • Thesis supervisions currently in progress:

    Understanding Australia’a ‘two-strike’ rule as a regulatory instrument: A Director’s Perspective

    With: Professor Ellie Chapple

  • Quarterly Reporting as a disclosure method of financial information for listed firms in Sri Lanka

    With: Professor Pam Kent, Dr. S. Osborne (Lecturer)

  • Risk Management and financial systems integrity: enhancing outcomes for indigenous corporations

    With: Dr Jeanette Van Akkeren

  • How Does Director Financial Literacy Influence Individual Director Performance in the Boardroom?

    With: Associate Professor Gavin Nicholson, Professor Emeritus Myles McGregor-Lowdnes

Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)