Senator for Tasmania
Born in Tasmania, and having lived there for most of her life, Catryna Bilyk was elected as a Labor Senator for Tasmania in November 2007, taking her seat in the Senate on 1 July 2008. She was re-elected in September 2013 for a second six-year term.
Prior to being elected to the Senate, Catryna worked in a variety of positions and roles including administration, research and early childhood education. Joining the Australian Services Union Tasmanian Branch in 1991, she worked in various roles for over a decade representing workers in early childhood education, local government, airlines, community services and clerical and administrative work. She was responsible for setting up the first Union Jobskills Program, as well as representing the Union on many Industry Training Advisory Boards and as a delegate to Unions Tasmania, and held the position of Senior Vice President of Unions Tasmania.
Catryna was employed by the Tasmanian Government as an Advisor/Electorate Officer with Tasmanian Government Ministers David Crean MLC, David Llewellyn MHA and Ken Bacon MHA.
For several years of her first term, Catryna served as chair of the Joint and Senate Select Committees on Cyber-Safety. As chair, she oversaw inquiries into online safety for senior and indigenous Australians and campaigned for greater community awareness of online safety for children at home and in schools.