Grace Grace was born in Brisbane in 1958, and is the daughter of Italian migrants who immigrated to Queensland in the early 1950’s.
Ms Grace is the Member for Brisbane Central – first elected in October 2007 to 2012, and re-elected in 2015.
Ms Grace is the first woman appointed Deputy Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, a role she relished in before being appointed to Cabinet.
As a Member of Parliament, Ms Grace has served as a member of numerous parliamentary committees, including the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee; the Ethics Committee; the Scrutiny of Legislation Committee; the Public Accounts Committee; the Review of Organ and Tissue Donation Procedures Select Committee; and several Estimates Committees.
From 2000 – 2007, Ms Grace was General Secretary, Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) becoming the first woman elected to this position in the peak union council’s then 110-year history, one of her many career highlights.
From 1989 – 2000, Ms Grace worked for the QCU as the first woman appointed QCU Industrial Officer and then the first woman elected QCU Assistant Secretary in 1995. She worked as an advisor in the Keating Government on secondment from the QCU for approximately 18 months. Ms Grace commenced working for the Union Movement in 1980 as Industrial Officer, Finance Sector Union.
During her career Ms Grace has had extensive Board experience including:
Director/Chair SunSuper Board; Energex Limited Board; South Bank Corporation Board; Q Super Board; ESI Super Board; Workplace Health & Safety Board; Queensland Community Foundation Advisory Board; Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund; Q Comp Board; Inclusive Brisbane Board; ACTU Executive; and has held many other government and community committee/council/board positions, such as, the Premier’s Council for Women; the Queensland State Reconciliation Committee; the Olympic 2000 Task Force; and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Tourism.
Ms Grace has worked with her inner Brisbane city community members for many years such as the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre and the Teneriffe Progress Association. Ms Grace respects and values a multicultural community working to promote an equal inclusive society free of discrimination.
Grace Grace MP is happily married to her husband Michael since 1985 and has one daughter Alexandra.