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Member of the Legislative Council
Member of the Liberal Party
Term of service expires 58th Parliament (05 Mar 2027)
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Member of the Legislative Council
A The Hon. Aileen MacDonald, MLC
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
P (02) 9230 2403

Parliamentary Activity
Current Positions
Position Start Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 11 Aug 2022 Elected for the balance of term of service of the Hon. Catherine Cusack
Member, Committee on the Health Care Complaints Commission 21 Sep 2022
Member, Committee on the Ombudsman, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission and the Crime Commission 21 Sep 2022
Member, Portfolio Committee No. 2 - Health 16 Aug 2022
Chair, Standing Committee on State Development 16 Aug 2022
Member, Standing Committee on State Development 16 Aug 2022
Member, Portfolio Committee No. 3 - Education 16 Aug 2022
Member, Regulation Committee 16 Aug 2022
Member, Portfolio Committee No. 7 - Planning and Environment 16 Aug 2022
Member, Modern Slavery Committee 21 Sep 2022
Prior Positions
Position Start End Period Notes
Substitute Member, Standing Committee on Social Issues 21 Oct 2022 04 Nov 2022 15 days Crimes Legislation Amendment (Coercive Control) Bill 2022
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Aileen is an experienced regional small business operator and community advocate. From 1989 to 2012, Aileen and her husband Scot ran an agricultural supplies business while raising their three children.   


In 2009, Aileen joined the Rotary Club of Guyra and the Chamber of Commerce. While President of the club between 2016 and 2018, Aileen advocated for economic development in the region and successfully advocated for the building of the Malpas Dam to Guyra water pipeline during the crippling drought of 2019.  


Aileen was also Chairperson of Armidale Regional Council’s Regional Growth and Economic Development Committee from 2016 to 2017.  Aileen was a member of the NSW Liberal party’s State Executive from 2011 to 2012 and 2018 to 2022. Aileen was also Country Vice President of the NSW Liberal Women’s Council from 2000 to 2003, 2005 to 2007, 2012 to 2015 and 2017 to 2019.   


In 2018, Aileen saw the need for place-making within her community, with many empty shops and a loss of sense of community taking shape. She developed 'Renew Armidale' based on the successful ‘Renew Newcastle’ model. It was launched and continues to fill empty spaces with creative start-ups, one space at a time.  


Aileen’s involvement in economic development and service to the community were recognised by being awarded the 2019 Citizen of Guyra award and then in the Queen’s Birthday Honours she was awarded an Order of the Medal of Australia in June 2020.  


Immediately prior to entering Parliament, Aileen was the President of Business New England, and President of the Business NSW Regional Advisory Council.  


Aileen is proud to live in Regional NSW and is a passionate supporter and advocate of small business and community resilience.