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PERIS, Nova Maree, OAMBiography for PERIS, Nova Maree, OAM

Senator for Northern Territory

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for the Northern Territory 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.2014 to 9.5.2016.

Committee Service

Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples served as Deputy Chair from 4.12.2013 to 25.6.2015

Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories served from 4.12.2013 to 9.12.2013

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation served from 12.11.2013 to 12.11.2015; Community Affairs: References served from 12.11.2013 to 12.11.2015; Education and Employment: References served from 1.7.2014 to 12.11.2015; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation served as Substitute member from 16.7.2014 to 10.11.2014; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation served from 12.11.2015 to 9.5.2016; Finance and Public Administration: References served from 12.11.2015 to 9.5.2016; Education and Employment: References served from 26.11.2015 to 9.5.2016; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References served as Substitute member from 20.4.2016 to 20.4.2016

Senate Standing: Regulations and Ordinances served from 12.11.2013 to 9.5.2016; Publications served from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016


Born: 25.2.1971, Darwin, Australia

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Married

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander: Yes

Qualifications and Occupations

Member of the Australian women's field hockey team (Hockeyroos) from 1992 to 1996 (winner, Gold Medal Team, Olympic Games, Atlanta, USA 1996).

Member of the Australian athletics team from 1997 to 2001 (winner, Gold Medal 200m and 4x100m relay Commonwealth Games, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1998).

Founder and Patron of the Nova Peris Girls' Academy, St Johns Catholic College, Darwin (NT) from 2012.


Young Australian of the Year, 26.01.1997.

Awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia, 26.01.1997.

Australian Sports Medal, 22.06.2000.


Nova: my story: the autobiography of Nova Peris (with I Heads) ABC Books Sydney 2003.