Jaala is Victoria’s first female Agriculture Minister and the Minister for Regional Development in the Andrews Labor Government. She also serves as Deputy Leader in the Legislative Council.
Since taking on these positions since 2014 she has overseen 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.
She is a passionate advocate for regional Victorians and one of her proudest achievements is being able to have supported farmers and rural Victorians in times of crisis.
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.