Hon Kate Doust MLC
Chair and Australian Region Steering Committee Representative
Kate Doust was first elected to the Legislative Council in 2001 to represent the South Metropolitan Region, and has been re-elected five times.
She was elected President of the Legislative Council on Tuesday 23 May 2017, the first woman to be elected as President of the Legislative Council in Western Australia.
As the first woman Presiding Officer of the Parliament, she introduced International Women’s Day Celebrations to the Parliament and the establishment of a family room for members and staff of the Parliament of Western Australia.
Kate is the inaugural winner of the Commonwealth Parliamentarian of the Year Award 2022, in recognition of her long parliamentary service as well as working to promote women and people with disabilities in her community. The award also recognises her contributions to the work of the CPA (including acting as a Mentor during programmes), her commitment to the diversity of her community, the work she has undertaken in addressing and combatting domestic violence, and her approach in embracing innovation and new ideas in the Parliament of Western Australia.
Kate has a keen interest in supporting women in the workplace and is a champion for women in science and technology. Prior to entering Parliament, she was a union official with the Shop Distributive Employees Association (SDA) of WA, primarily working in female dominated workplaces, to better the working conditions and terms and conditions of employment for members.
Kate and has been an active participant of a range of Labor Party Policy Committees, including Industrial Relations, Education, Social Development and for the Status of Women. She is a member of the Australian Labor Party’s National Executive, which is the chief administrative authority of the Australian Labor Party.
Her parliamentary positions have included Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Chair of the Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation, Member of the Legislative Council Privileges and Procedures Committee. She has also held a number of Shadow Ministerial Portfolios and Parliamentary Secretary role.
Kate has a Batchelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Australia and is currently studding a Master of Bioethics.
She is married, has three children and two grandchildren.