Jenny Macklin


Jenny Macklin is the Member for Jagajaga and Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services.

Jenny was born in Brisbane and attended Primary School in Cohuna and High School in Wangaratta, both towns in Northern Victoria. Jenny also spent a year on exchange in Japan during her secondary school education.

In Government 2007 - 2013

Upon the election of the Rudd Labor Government in 2007, Jenny was appointed the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

In this role Jenny oversaw the historic apologies to the Stolen Generations and the Forgotten Generation. Jenny was also responsible for the most significant reforms to Australia's pension system in its 100 year history. These reforms delivered pension increases, a new pension supplement, a pension Work Bonus and a new indexation system.

In September 2010 Jenny was re-appointed Minister as part of the Gillard Government and oversaw the implementation of Australia's first National Paid Parental Leave Scheme.

In December 2011 Jenny was appointed the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform, reflecting Jenny's strong personal commitment to reforming the disability services sector in Australia. In this role Jenny oversaw the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2013.

Shadow Ministry 1996 - 2007

Jenny became the Member for Jagajaga in March 1996 and immediately joined the Shadow Ministry.

In her first term she held a succession of portfolios covering Aged Care, Social Security, Family Services and the Status of Women.

After the 1998 election, Jenny was appointed Shadow Minister for Health and the Status of Women. She was elected as Senior Vice-President of the ALP from 2000-2004.

Jenny was Deputy Leader of the Opposition between 2001-2006. She was Shadow Minister for Employment, Education and Training from 2001-2004.

After the 2004 election, Jenny became the Shadow Minister for Education, Training, Science and Research.

In 2006 Jenny held the Shadow portfolio of Families and Community Services and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation.


Prior to entering Parliament Jenny was the Director of two major strategic reviews reporting to the then Deputy Prime Minister, Brian Howe including: the National Health Strategy (1990-1993) and the Australian Urban and Regional Development Review (1993-1995).

Jenny has also worked as an adviser to the Victorian Minister for Health and as an economics research specialist.

In addition to her family and politics, Jenny's great passions in life are camping, swimming and music. Jenny also enjoys bush walking and Australian literature, She is a long-time Geelong supporter and enjoys bodysurfing.

Jenny holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.