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Ms (Jenny) Jennifer Kathleen AITCHISON, BA, Grad Dip App Psych, GAICD MP

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Member of the Legislative Assembly
Member for Maitland
Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Shadow Minister for Small Business
Member of the Australian Labor Party
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Maitland Electorate Office
A Ms Jenny Aitchison, MP
2/12 Elgin Street
P (02) 4933 1617
F (02) 4933 4782

Parliamentary Activity
Current Positions
Position Start Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 28 Mar 2015
Member for Maitland 28 Mar 2015
Shadow Minister for Small Business 10 Mar 2016
Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 10 Mar 2016
About the Maitland Electorate
Rural. Located within Hunter Statistical Agricultural Subdivision.

Principal centres: Aberglasslyn, Allandale, Anambah, Ashtonfield, Berry Park, Bishops Bridge, Bolwarra, Bolwarra Heights, Chisholm, Cliftleigh, Duckenfield, East Maitland, Farley, Gillieston Heights, Gosforth, Greta, Harpers Hill, Hillsborough, Horseshoe Bend, Lambs Valley, Largs, Lochinvar, Lorn, Louth Park, Luskintyre, Maitland, Maitland Vale, Melville, Metford, Millers Forest, Mindaribba, Morpeth, Mount Dee, Oakhampton, Oakhampton Heights, Oswald, Phoenix Park, Pitnacree, Raworth, Rosebrook, Rutherford, South Maitland, Telarah, Tenambit, Thornton, Tocal, Windella, Windermere, Woodberry, Woodville.

Area: 391.74 sq km

Population: 67,673. Enrolment: 60,410.

Political Party Activity

Convenor, State Parliamentary Country Labor Caucus - May 2016 to present.
1992 to present, Member of the Australian Labor Party.
1994 to present, Member of Emily’s List.
2007 to 2015, President, East Maitland Branch of the Australian Labor Party.
2011 to 2014, President, Maitland Branch State Electorate Council Australian Labor Party.
1996, Established and Foundation Secretary of the Social Justice Committee, ACT Labor.
1994, Secretary, ACT Young Labor.

Community Activity

Chair, NSW Branch of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Australian Steering Committee - 25 June 2015.
Current Patron of the following organisations:
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Members Committee;
Maitland District Cricket Umpires Association;
Rutherford District Girl Guides;
Maitland & District Genealogical Society;
Maitland branch of the Northern NSW Federation of Justices of the Peace;
Maitland Invitation Racing Pigeon Club;
Maitland & District Tennis Association;
Maitland Branch of the Northern NSW Federation of Justices of the Peace.;
Maitland Croquet Club;
Maitland District Cricket Umpires Association;
Maitland High School P&C Association;
Maitland Invitation Racing Pigeon Club;
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Members Committee;
Maitland Repertory Theatre;
National Service & Combined Forces Association of Australia – Maitland & District Branch; and
Volunteers for Palliative Care.
Member, Maitland Business Chamber, 2005-Present.
Secretary, Women’s Network Hunter NSW, 2012 to 2014.
Secretary, Hunter Region BEC Board, 2013 to 2014.
Foundation President: Women’s Network Hunter NSW 2005 to 2011, Maitland BPW 2005 to 2010,
Hunter River Country (Maitland) Tourism Advisory Board 2000 to 2008.
Women’s Electoral Lobby 1995 to 1997.
Institute of Public Administration 1995 to 1997.
Australian Psychology Society 1995 to 1997.

Local Government Activity

Military Service

Honours Received

Lower Hunter Business Woman of the Year - 2005.
Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in Maitland -2005.
Bus NSW Achievement Award - 2006.
National Bus Industry Confederation Achievement Award – 2006.


Married with 2 children.

Qualifications, Occupations and Interests

Australian Institute of Company Directors – Company Directors Course, 2007.
Institute of Transport and Logistics at the University of Sydney, Coach Management Course, 2003.
Driver Authority Course, 2003.
Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (Counselling), University of Canberra, 1997.
Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University, 1995.

1998 to 2015 Managing Director, Marketing Manager, CEO, CFO and Tour Director, tourism and hospitality businesses.
1997 to 1998 Senior Advisor, Member for Fraser 1997-1998,
1992 to 1997 Policy Adviser in Social Justice Coordination and Settlement Planning, Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.

Additional Information

Jenny Aitchison is the Member for Maitland, a regional seat in northern NSW, elected at the 2015 election with the highest margin (13.9%) of any MP since the Hon Milton Morris OAM was elected in 1973 with close to 65% of two party preferred votes.

Inaugural Speech, 12 May 2015: