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KING, the Hon. Catherine FionaBiography for KING, the Hon. Catherine Fiona

Member for Ballarat (Vic)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Ballarat, Victoria, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories from 25.3.13 to 1.7.13.

Minister for Road Safety from 25.3.13 to 1.7.13.

Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.

Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing from 14.9.10 to 25.3.13.

Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport from 14.9.10 to 25.3.13.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Health and Ageing from 2.12.04 to 19.7.10; Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government from 19.2.08 to 19.7.10.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 20.3.02 to 19.7.10.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development (House) from 26.10.04 to 24.6.05.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury from 24.6.05 to 3.12.07.

Shadow Minister for Health from 18.10.13 to 23.07.16.

Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare from 23.07.16.

Party Positions

Member, ALP from 1993.

Member, ALP Health and Community Services Policy Committee 1998-2000.

President, ALP Port Melbourne Branch 1998-1999.

Member, ALP Ballarat East Branch from 2000.

Secretary, ALP Caucus Committee on Urban, Regional and Rural Development 2002-04.

Member, ALP Caucus Committee on Economics.

Member, ALP Caucus Committee on Status of Women.


Born 2.6.1966, Melbourne, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Social Work) (Philip Institute of Technology), MA (Public Policy)(ANU).

Social worker, Ballarat Children's Homes and Family Services 1988-92.

Research officer to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health 1993.

Industry policy officer, Australia New Zealand Food Authority 1993-94.

Assistant Director, Population Health Division, Commonwealth Dept of Health and Aged Care 1997-98; Assistant Director, National Public Health Partnership.

Director, Injury Prevention, Population Health Division, Commonwealth Dept of Health and Aged Care 1998-99.

Senior Manager, KPMG Consulting 1999-2001.


Victorian Young Achiever of the Year (Community Service) 1991.


Description: provincial.

Location: to the west of Melbourne; it includes the city of Ballarat and the centres of Bacchus Marsh, Ballan, Blackwood, Buninyong, Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford, Myrniong and Trentham, and parts of Burrumbeet.

Area: 4 652 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 110 755 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: beef cattle, sheep, potatoes, apples, mineral water, market gardening and gold mining, tourism, clothing and fabrics, sawmilling, engineering and confectionery.