PREMIER OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
MEMBER FOR ROCKINGHAM
The Honourable Mark McGowan MLA is the 30th Premier of Western Australia.
Under his leadership the McGowan Labor Government is creating and securing jobs for Western Australians, providing quality education and health care, delivering METRONET across Perth, and restoring the State’s finances.
In his first two years in office, Mr McGowan has secured a fair share of the GST for Western Australia and driven job-creating initiatives such as METRONET, that will transform Perth, Infrastructure WA, a new approach to infrastructure planning for the state, and WA Industry Link, which gives local businesses better opportunities to tender for government work. He has also delivered significant reforms to the State’s public sector, including amalgamating government departments to drive positive change and improve collaboration.
Born in 1967 to a wool classer and a public school teacher in regional New South Wales, Mark McGowan’s parents taught him the importance of hard work and compassion, as well as the need to fight for those less fortunate than themselves. He studied arts and law at the University of Queensland, before joining the Royal Australian Navy and driving across the Nullarbor to Western Australia, serving as a Lieutenant at HMAS STIRLING.
Mr McGowan still lives in Rockingham, where he met his wife Sarah and they are raising their three children – Samuel, Alexander and Amelia.
Wanting to give back to his community, Mr McGowan served as a local councillor and Deputy Mayor, before being elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1996 representing the state seat of Rockingham.
Mr McGowan has previously served as a Minister in the Gallop and Carpenter Governments in the portfolios of Education and Training, Environment, Racing and Gaming, Tourism and the South West.
As a Minister, Mr McGowan delivered common-sense reforms; bringing Jetstar to WA, reintroducing the syllabus and traditional marking and reports to our school system, approving the Gorgon project, as well as delivering Perth’s small bar reforms, which liberalised and revitalised Perth’s nightlife.
Mark McGowan was elected Leader of the WA Labor Party in 2012, a role he has now served in for over eight years, through two state elections.
Mr McGowan was awarded a Governor General’s Commendation for Brave Conduct for actions he took in 1995 rescuing an unconscious driver from a burning car. He remains a standby member of the Naval Reserves.