ACT Legislative Assembly


Rachel STEPHEN-SMITH

Photo of Ms Rachel Stephen-Smith, member for Kurrajong

Australian Labor Party, Kurrajong electorate

ASSEMBLY SERVICE

  • Elected 26 October 2016

MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENTS

  • Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion (October 2016–present)
  • Minister for Disability, Children and Youth (October 2016–present)
  • Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (October 2016–present)
  • Minister for Multicultural Affairs (October 2016–present)
  • Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations (October 2016–present)

QUALIFICATIONS AND OCCUPATIONS BEFORE ENTERING THE ACT LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Economics (Hons) – Australian National University (1990–1994)
  • Master of Real Estate Development – University of Maryland, College Park, USA (2012–2014)

Occupations

  • Chief of Staff and Principal Adviser, Senator Kim Carr (2014–2016, 2005–2009)
  • Minister-Counsellor (Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research), Embassy of Australia, Washington DC (2010–2012)
  • Manager, Strategic Policy, ACT Disability, Housing and Community Services (2004)
  • Adviser / Senior Adviser, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2001–2003, 1997–1998)
  • Project Manager, Consumers’ Health Forum (2000–2001)
  • Coach, Pegasus Riding for the Disabled (1999)
  • Policy Officer, Productivity Commission (1995–1997)

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • President / Vice President / Event Director, National Capital Horse Trials Association (2014–2016, 2004–2009)
  • Committee Member, Equestrian Park Management Group (2014–2016, 2000–2009)
  • Volunteer Project Manager / Construction Crew Leader, Habitat for Humanity of Washington, DC (2012–2014)
  • Treasurer, ANU in the USA Foundation (2012–2014)
  • Vice President / Board Member, Pegasus Riding for the Disabled (2000–2004)
  • Committee Member, National Capital Horse Trials Association and ACT Equestrian Association (1992–2009)

PERSONAL

Rachel was born in Canberra in 1971, grew up in O’Connor and lives in Reid. She’s also lived in Melbourne, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as in other parts of Canberra.

INTERESTS

Equestrian, walking, reading.

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