About Kate

An Independent Member for Curtin

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 educated and raised in Curtin and has deep family connections with the electorate, attending school at 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 national 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.

July Update on Integrity

By Media | July 19, 2022
Curtin Member Elect, Kate Chaney recently hosted a Curtin Community Forum on Integrity with experts Carmel McLure and Sam Vandongen. The Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC has signalled he will introduce legislation for an Anti-Corruption Commission into Parliament this year.…

Curtin Community Forum on Integrity

By Media | July 12, 2022
Curtin Community Forum on Integrity Curtin Member Elect, Kate Chaney recently hosted a Curtin Community Forum on Integrity with experts Carmel McLure and Sam Vandongen. This week Curtin Member Elect, Kate Chaney hosted a Curtin Community Forum on Integrity. The…

Kate Chaney: Independent Member for Curtin hails ‘exciting time’ in Australian politics

By Team Kate | May 26, 2022
Teal independent Kate Chaney has officially ended the Liberal Party’s iron grip on Curtin in Perth’s affluent Western Suburbs

Liberals could no longer take Curtin for granted

By Team Kate | May 23, 2022
‘Whatever happens, the Liberal party is unlikely to feel entitled to Curtin again and will now need to think deeply about who and what it stands for’

Chaney reaction too tight to call

By Team Kate | May 22, 2022
Ms Chaney, mounted a serious challenge in the blue-ribbon electorate, running on a platform of greater action on climate change

I would make a decision made on the issues, not on the tribe – Kate Chaney

By Team Kate | May 22, 2022
High-profile independent candidate Kate Chaney is waging a forceful challenge in the traditional Liberal stronghold of Curtin

Female independents tap climate for change

By Team Kate | May 22, 2022
Teal independent Kate Chaney was expected to pose a serious threat to the Liberal held Curtin seat

The way you’re making me teal

By Team Kate | May 22, 2022
This independent movement, if you like, has been building against the major party duopoly for some time – Julie Bishop

WA rejects Liberal Party

By Team Kate | May 22, 2022
Independent candidates cut through the left-right divide to bring to the fore two issues people weren’t being heard on – the need for an independent corruption watchdog, and climate action

All eyes on Curtin as poll puts independent in the lead

By Team Kate | May 19, 2022
‘An independent MP can do anything that a member of a political party can do without the constrictions of toeing the party line’

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.