Born and raised in Far North Queensland, Australia, Senator the
Hon Jan McLucas began her career as a school teacher. She
enjoyed a 10 year primary school teaching career, working mainly in
North Queensland and continues to have a strong interest in
education, especially the education of Indigenous Australian
children and children living in rural and remote areas.
Senator McLucas was elected as a Councillor in the city of
Cairns in 1995 and was then elected to the Australian Senate,
representing the state of Queensland, in 1998.
She has held a number of parliamentary positions, including
Shadow Minister for Ageing, Disabilities and Carers and
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Ageing.
In September 2010, Senator McLucas was appointed the
Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers.
Working closely with Australian Minister for Disability Reform,
the Hon Jenny Macklin MP, she is continuing to deliver the
Australian Government's reform agenda to improve the lives of
people with disability, promote participation and create a more
inclusive society. This includes the establishment of a historic
National Disability Insurance Scheme, which will provide long term,
high quality support for people who have a permanent disability
that significantly affects their communication, mobility, self-care
Having developed strong connections in local government and
regional communities, Senator McLucas is also working closely with the Minister for
Regional Australia, the Hon Simon Crean MP, to deliver equitable access to services and
infrastructure for regional, rural and remote Queenslanders.
In March 2012, Senator McLucas was also appointed the
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.