Kate Chaney is the Independent Federal Member for Curtin in Western Australia. She is WA’s first female Independent Federal Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives.
Kate was raised and educated in Curtin and has deep family connections with the electorate, attending John XXIII and later the University of Western Australia, where she gained a law degree.
Coming from a family with strong political history, Kate grew up in a culture where service to community was highly valued through business, law, politics and education.
In 1998 Kate joined law firm Blake Dawson Waldron in Sydney. After completing an MBA in 2003 she moved to the Boston Consulting Group where she worked as a strategic advisor in the aviation, financial services and non-profit sectors.
In 2007 Kate took up a role as General Manager Business Development with Westralia Airports Corporation before moving to Wesfarmers Limited where she held a range of positions.
As Aboriginal Affairs Manager Kate developed and implemented Wesfarmers’ first two Reconciliation Action Plans, then as GM Emerging Ventures, she established a new department investigating investment opportunities in high growth digital businesses. As Wesfarmers’ Sustainability Manager she developed a group-wide approach to social and environmental sustainability.
After a short stint back at the Boston Consulting Group as a Principal, from 2017 to 2022 Kate was Director Innovation & Strategy at Anglicare WA, overseeing strategic planning and driving innovative approaches to positive social change.
Kate has also held Board roles with a range of organisations including Next 25, Lifeline, Awesome Arts WA and the WA Regional Development Trust.
In January 2022 Kate was approached by a grassroots community group - Curtin Independent - to run as an independent candidate in Curtin in the Federal election. For some time, Kate had been frustrated with the divisive culture of Federal politics and in particular the lack of sound, long-term decisions being made for Australia’s future.
In a community-driven campaign, Kate ran on a platform of real climate action, integrity, future-focused economic management and a commitment to building connected, inclusive communities. On May 26, 2022 Kate won the seat of Curtin in a 15.2% swing against the Liberal party.
Kate lives in West Leederville with her husband Bill and their three children and when she gets time enjoys painting, pilates and spending time with family.
Kate supports these important priorities:
- A commitment to real climate action with a clear decarbonisation policy framework that includes strong targets and aligned incentives. This is sound economic management and enables business to fully engage in the opportunities offered by the renewable sector.
- A commitment to end the destructive and short term culture of politics in Canberra and restore integrity and transparency as inherent hallmarks of decision making. A commitment to ensuring that workplaces across Australia, including Federal Parliament, are safe, respectful and inclusive for all.
- A commitment to future-proofing our economy; invest in education and innovation and create economic opportunities and jobs by investment in renewable energy and storage, clean energy, electric vehicles and energy efficiency.
- A commitment to building connected, diverse, and resilient communities that are genuinely inclusive. This includes support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, more humane treatment of asylum seekers and the recognition that diversity is our strength.