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POCOCK, Dr Barbara Ann AMBiography for POCOCK, Dr Barbara Ann AM

Senator for South Australia

Australian Greens

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for South Australia, 2022.

Committee Service

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration: Legislation served from 26.7.2022 to present; Finance and Public Administration: References served from 26.7.2022 to present

Senate Select: Work and Care served from 4.8.2022 to 8.8.2022; Work and Care served as Chair from 9.8.2022 to present

Parliamentary Party Positions

Australian Greens Spokesperson for Finance, Employment and the Public Sector from 17.6.2022.


Born: 22.3.1955, Berri, Australia

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Partner

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

(BEc(Hons)) (University of Adelaide).

(PhD) (University of Adelaide).

Farm Worker and Shearing Shed Rouseabout from 1973 to 1974.

Economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1979 to 1981.

Equal Employment Opportunity Officer at Hunter Vale from 1981 to 1983.

Research and Project Officer from 1983 to 1989.

University Teacher and Research Leader from 1989 to 2014.


Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, 2010.

Emeritus Professor at the University of South Australia, 2015.


Strife: sex and politics in labour unions, Allen & Unwin, St. Leonards, NSW, 1997.

Demanding skill, women and technical education in Australia, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1998.

The work-life collision: what work is doing to Australians and what to do about it, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW, 2003.

The labour market ate my babies: work, children and a sustainable future, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW, 2006.

Kids count: better early childhood education and care in Australia, University of Sydney Press, Sydney, 2007.

Living low paid: the dark side of prosperous Australia, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2008.

Time bomb: work, rest and play in Australia today, New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2012.