Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

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Coralee O'Rourke Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors

Coralee O'Rourke Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors

Coralee O'Rourke

Coralee O’Rourke is a second term Minister and Member of Parliament. During her first term she got Queensland on track for the roll out of the NDIS, delivered Queensland: an age-Friendly Community Strategic Direction Statement and Action Plan and All Abilities Queensland: Opportunities for All and was the Minister Assisting the Premier in North Queensland. With her current portfolio her vision is for an inclusive Queensland where communities are vibrant with participation and input from all.

Her vision is inspired from her earlier career when she was the director of a community-based early learning centre in Townsville before entering Parliament following the January 2015 Queensland election. She lives in Townsville with her husband Lewis and family and understands the challenges of working parents. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Education – Early Childhood from QUT.

Her passion is family and community and she believes that working together is when a community can effect great change for the better.

As an early childhood leader, Coralee put her belief into practice and campaigned for fair wages and conditions for employees in the sector - among Australia’s most poorly paid workers. The success achieved for these workers prompted Coralee to enter parliament.

She will be working hard with her Cabinet colleagues as they listen to Queenslanders and create jobs and the kind of Queensland that we all want to be a part of.

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