Judith Troeth AM, was Liberal Senator for Victoria in the Federal Government for 18 years. She was the first female Member of Parliament in the Agricultural portfolio, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 1997 to 2004.
She has also been Chair and Deputy Chair of a number of Senate Committees and devised and passed through the Senate, two private members' bills.
Before entering politics, she was a farmer and a teacher – roles that led her to become a key advocate on issues including rural education, women and immigration. Judith was appointed Chair of the Austin Health Board in July 2012, bringing to the position extensive experience in public representation, community consultation and advocacy.