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Jane Garrett


Jane Garrett is the first female Emergency Services Minister in the history of Australia. She has responsibility of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Country Fire Authority – covering both metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria.

Minister Garrett also oversees the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority, which is the primary point of contact during a crisis.

A leading proponent of diversity, one of Jane’s targets is to promote cultural change in emergency services to reflect modern society and in particular encourage the recruitment of more women on frontline services, management and board positions.

As well as Emergency Services, Minister Garrett has other important departments in her portfolio including Consumer Affairs and Gaming and Liquor Regulation.

Jane is a lawyer who was drawn to politics help improve the lives of others through policies which promote social equality.

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