After serving as the first female Agriculture Minister; and Minister for Regional Development in the previous Andrews Labor government, Jaala is excited to take on her new role as the Minister for Roads; Road Safety and the TAC; and the Minister for Fishing and Boating.
During the last term of government, Jaala oversaw significant reform including the establishment of Regional Partnerships and a medicinal cannabis industry, mandatory electronic tagging of sheep and Victoria’s first digital agriculture program, greater animal welfare protections and making Victoria a mecca for recreational fishers.
Jaala is a passionate advocate for fishing and boating in Victoria and is looking forward to building on the work that she undertook with boaters and fishers as Agriculture Minister during this term as Minister for Fishing and Boating.
Having covered hundreds of thousands of kilometres in her previous roles in Regional Development and Agriculture, Jaala understands the importance of having decent and safe road infrastructure for all Victorians.
Jaala has been a Member for Western Victoria since 2006 after spending more than a decade as an official of the National Union of Workers. Having grown up in Castlemaine, she now lives in Ballarat with her husband, her son, a bossy rescue pug named Molly, a giant ginger cat named Archie, and the everlasting memory of her beloved daughter Sinead.