Julie was born in Hobart and was educated locally in TAFE, gaining a Certificate IV in Business.
Julie reluctantly decided she was unable to continue her education at age 15 due to family financial limitations.
Looking back at her experiences, Julie realises that access to education and information was just as big a barrier to equality as being poor was, and she vows to ensure that all people have access to a quality education.
"I made the decision to enter politics to fight for those in my community who need support and to ensure that every person has the best chance to achieve whatever they set out to do in their lives."
Julie was elected to Parliament in 2007. In 2011, Julie was appointed Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Community Services, and the Status of Women. In 2013, she was appointed Minister for Housing and Homelessness.
Julie’s key achievements in these roles included the creation of Our Watch, the first prevention foundation for violence against women, helping to fund the historic pay rise awarded to Australia’s social and community sector workers, and establishing ANROWS, a dedicated research organisation working to reduce violence against women and children.
Julie is married to Ian and is a mother of three. Outside of politics Julie enjoys keeping fit and active, cooking and following the Tassie Hawks in the AFL.