Jaala is a Member for the Western Victoria Region and is the Minister for Employment, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, and Minister for Small Business
After serving as the first female Agriculture Minister; and Minister for Regional Development in the previous term of the Andrews Labor government, Jaala took on the role of Minister for Roads; Road Safety and the TAC; and the Minister for Fishing and Boating before being appointed Minister for Employment; Small Business; Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy in 2020.
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.
In this term of Parliament, Jaala has been involved in groundbreaking reform in Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation; criminalising wage theft and making workplace manslaughter a criminal offence.
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, two greyhounds, and the everlasting memory of her beloved daughter Sinead.