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O'TOOLE, Catherine (Cathy) ElizabethBiography for O'TOOLE, Cathy

Member for Herbert (Qld)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Herbert, Queensland, 2016.

Committee Service

Joint Standing: Northern Australia from 7.11.16.

Party Positions

Member, Townsville Branch ALP.

President, North Ward Branch ALP.

Delegate, Herbert State Conference.

President, Herbert FEC.

Member, Townsville SEC.


Born 30.8.1956, Townsville, Qld.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

B. Metaphysical Science & M. Metaphysical Science (University of Sedona).

B. Ec. (CQU).

Dip.T., (TAFE, Brisbane College of Advanced Education).

Dip. Community Welfare Work (Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE).

Dip. Frontline Management (Southern Cross Connection, GC).

Dip. Training and Assessment (Southern Cross Connection, GC).

Cert. IV, Business (Administration) (Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE).

Cert. IV, Workplace Training, Category 2.

Cert. III, Ladies Hairdressing (Dept. Ed. Qld).

Business Owner and Apprentice Hairdresser, 1972-87.

TAFE Teacher, Townsville College of TAFE and Kangaroo College of TAFE, 1988-91.

Program Manager/Curriculum Design, Townsville TAFE, 1991-93.

Associate, Tropical Industry Training Associates, 1994-1995.

Director (Owner) O'Toole Enterprises Pty Ltd., 1996.

Manager, Workplace Training Tropical Industry Training and Associates, 1996-97.

Managing Director (Owner) Future Skills & Training, 1997-2000.

Small Business Owner, 1990-2002.

CEO Advance Emplyoment Inc., 2002-11.

Project Development Manager, Supported Options in Lifestyle and Access Services Ltd (SOLAS), 2012-2013.

CEO, SOLAS, 2013-16.


Rotary Sunflower Award, Community Work, 2008.

Finalist, Townsville Business Women's Network, Woman of the Year, Corporate Business Category, 2010.


Description: provincial.

Location: north Queensland coast; it includes the city of Townsville and also includes Magnetic and Palm Islands.

Area: 946 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 104 815 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: copper, nickel and zinc refineries, bulk sugar terminal, and tropical fruits, prawn and fishing industry, beef cattle and tourism, James Cook University, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and large defence establishments at Lavarack Barracks (Army) and Garbutt (RAAF).

State electorates: Herbert includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorate of Townsville, and parts of Burdekin, Hinchinbrook, Mundingburra and Thuringowa.