Shadow Minister for Education and Training; Women's Interests
Member for East Metro
Donna Faragher was first elected, at the age of 29, to represent the East Metropolitan Region in the Legislative Council on 26 February 2005, making her the youngest female Liberal Party member ever elected to the WA State Parliament.
In Opposition Donna held various positions within the Shadow Cabinet, including Shadow Minister for disability services, youth and drug abuse strategy. She was also a member of the Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review.
Donna was re-elected at the September 2008 election, and again made political history as the youngest female Member of Parliament ever appointed to the Western Australian State Cabinet when she became Minister for Environment and Youth in the Liberal-National Government.
As Environment Minister, Donna was the driving force behind Government policy to maintain and enhance WA’s unique environment for future generations. She undertook significant environmental approvals reform and oversaw the establishment of the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority. She was also responsible for delivering significant conservation strategies for the Kimberley and the Great Western Woodlands.
With a passion for young people as Youth Minister, Donna reinvigorated a number of State wide youth initiatives. Donna is a strong supporter of key programs like the highly successful CadetsWA. She was instrumental in helping secure the program’s first funding increase in 14 years and oversaw its expansion to include a junior cadet unit.
In late 2010, Donna stepped down as Minister for Environment and Youth to have her first child and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, a role she held for five years. During this period, Donna also served on both the Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Legislation and the Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review.
In March 2016, Donna re-joined the State Cabinet as Minister for Planning and Disability Services. Recognising that the State’s population was continuing to grow, Donna focused on strengthening Western Australian communities through sound planning, and drew on her previous Ministerial experience and commitment to approvals and regulatory reform.
As Minister for Disability Services, Donna focused on the wellbeing of people with disability, their families and carers. She was committed to securing the bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth Government to ensure the full scheme rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia from 1 July 2017.
Before embarking on a political career, Donna graduated from The University of Western Australia with a Masters of Education with Honours, and completed a Graduate Diploma in Education (school psychology and education) and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology. She later worked as a policy and parliamentary adviser to former Federal Justice and Customs Minister Chris Ellison.