Jacinta Allan MP, Member for Bendigo East to deliver opening address.
Jacinta Allan MP, Member for Bendigo East will deliver the opening address at The 2015 Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference being held on the 9 – 10 November 2015 at Pullman Melbourne on the Park.
Bio: Jacinta is currently the Minister for Public Transport and the Minister for Employment under the Andrews Government. Jacinta is also the Leader of the House
Jacinta has a history of delivering investment in public transport for Victoria as well as job creation and economic development. In the Bracks and Brumby Governments she was involved in the Fast Rail project, the purchase of the first fleet of VLocity Trains and the Regional Rail Link. She has also held employment portfolios from 2002-2007, focussed on getting long term disadvantaged people into work under the same Government which saw a steady decline in unemployment.
In the previous Labor Government Jacinta held a number of Ministerial portfolios including Regional and Rural Development and Industry and Trade. She has also been the Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation, the Minister for Skills, Education Services and Employment, the Minister for Women’s Affairs, the Minister for Education Services and Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs.
Jacinta was elected as the Member for Bendigo East in September 1999 at the age of 25, making her the youngest woman to ever be elected to the Victorian Parliament.
Jacinta was born and grew up in Bendigo and studied at St Joseph’s Primary School in Quarry Hill then Catholic College Bendigo, before completing her BA (Hon) at La Trobe University in Bendigo.
Before entering Parliament, Jacinta worked in the office of Steve Gibbons MP, Federal Member for Bendigo, and for two years prior to that she worked in the office of Neil O’Keefe, Federal Member for Burke, and the Commonwealth Department of Industrial Relations.
Jacinta is married and has two young children.
The Minister is looking forward to delivering a number of public transport projects including the removal of 50 of Melbourne most dangerous level crossings, doubling the size of the Melbourne Metro, extending the South Morang Line to Mernda, overseeing the purchase of new rolling stock, as well as delivering a $100 million improvement to bus services. These projects and more will form part of Labor’s commitment to create 100,000 new jobs under the Back to Work Plan.