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RICE, Janet ElizabethBiography for RICE, Janet Elizabeth

Senator for Victoria

Australian Greens

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for Victoria 2013 (term began 1.7.2014) and 2016.

Committee Service

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 7.7.14 to 9.5.16; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation and References from 1.9.16.

Senate Select: Health from 17.9.15 to 9.5.16.

Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 1.9.16; Economics References from 22.6.16.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Australian Greens Portfolios: Forests; Tourism; Transport and Infrastructure from 1.7.14 to 25.5.15.

Transport and Infrastructure; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Marriage Equality; Forests; Tourism from 25.5.15 to 15.9.15.

Transport and Infrastructure; Forests; Tourism; Mental Health from 15.9.15 to 25.8.16.

Transport and Infrastructure; Forests; Gender identities and Intersex issues; LGBTIQ; Agriculture and Rural Affairs from 25.8.16.

Party Positions

Founding member, Australian Greens (Vic.) 1992.

Member, Australian Greens State Council (Vic.) from 1992.

Executive Member, Australian Greens (Vic.) 1992-2004.

Australian Delegate, Global Greens Congress 2001, 2008 and 2012.

Life Member, Australian Greens (Vic.) from 2002.

Co-convener, Australian Greens (Vic.) 2003-04.

Other Positions

Advisory Board Member, Centre for Governance and Management of Urban Transport, University of Melbourne 2009-13.


Born 18.11.1960, Altona, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament


Environment campaigner, Conservation Council of Victoria and East Gippsland Coalition 1983-90.

Water Policy Officer, Dept of Water Resources (Vic.) 1985-86.

Senior Consultant, Context Pty Ltd 1991 and 1997-2002.

Ride to Work Coordinator, Bicycle Victoria 1993-97.

Principal Consultant, Janet Rice Facilitation and Community Involvement 2003-14.

Campaign manager, Australian Greens (Vic.) and C Hartland MLC (Vic.) 2008-10.

Strategic Transport Planner 2011-12.

Local Government Service

Councillor, City of Maribyrnong 2003-08; Mayor 2005-06.

Chair, Metropolitan Transport Forum 2004-08.

Board Member, Victorian Local Governance Association 2005-08; Vice-President 2007-08.