Amanda Rishworth MP was elected to the Federal Parliament for the South Australian seat of Kingston in 2007.
Amanda was also appointed Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Shadow Minister for Defence Personnel in July 2016.
Amanda was educated at state schools in Adelaide and studied psychology at Flinders University where she was President of the Student Union. Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours from Flinders University and a Masters Degree in Psychology from Adelaide University.
During her studies, Amanda worked as a sales assistant and developed a strong interest in workplace fairness. While at university, Amanda also worked in the trade union movement both as a union representative and as an occupational health and safety trainer. After graduating, Amanda practiced as a Psychologist working with General Practitioners in the delivery of mental health care to the community before being elected to the Federal Parliament.
Amanda has always been actively involved in the Southern Adelaide community she represents. She is a current member of a number of local groups including the Hallett Cove Lions Club, Friends of Willunga Basin, Southern Theatre and Arts Supporters (STARS), Friends of Glenthorne, and the South Adelaide Football Club to name just a few. Amanda has volunteered her services as a swimming instructor and surf life saver for many years and she is a member of the Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
As a local, Amanda very much enjoys getting out in the community and celebrating the achievements of the South. In addition to street corner meetings, shopping centre visits and community forums she holds on a regular basis, Amanda is pleased to host a number of increasingly popular annual events in the Southern suburbs including her Volunteer Awards Ceremony, Student Leadership Day, Kindy Art Show and Welcoming the Babies ceremony.
As the federal representative for the Southern Adelaide region, Amanda has made standing up for the South her top priority. Since coming to office she has been out in the community listening to what people want for the South and fighting hard at home and in Canberra on important community issues such as improving access to health services for local families, securing the modern broadband facilities Southern Adelaide deserves, and improving local roads and infrastructure.
Amanda works with all levels of government to champion important local issues including, for example, successfully lobbying for a youth-specific headspace mental health facility at Noarlunga to improve the access of local young people to mental health care and related drug and alcohol services. As someone who understands the importance of transport flexibility for working families, seniors and students in the South, Amanda also fought hard for the historic Noarlunga to Seaford rail extension. The fact that many households in Seaford and Aldinga were among the first in Australia to receive high-speed broadband on the mainland under Labor’s National Broadband Network demonstrates just how hard Amanda fought to ensure that the South is at the forefront of this cutting edge technology, despite the threat the Liberal Coalition pose to super-fast broadband. Amanda is always working to get for the best deal for the South.
Amanda believes it to be an honour to have been appointed the Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs and the Shadow Minister for Defence Personnel in July 2016. As someone with a family member that has recently become a veteran after serving in the Australian Air Force Amanda understands how important this portfolio is. Our veterans and their families deserve our respect for their service as well as world class care and support. Likewise, those who currently work in defence need to be equipped and supported to carry out their critical work in protecting our country.
Between March and September 2013 Amanda served as both Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers and Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Urban Water. Amanda also served as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health. Until July 2016 Amanda was the Shadow Assistant Minister for Education and the Shadow Assistant Minister for Higher Education.
When time allows, Amanda also very much enjoys catching up with her friends and family, taking a yoga class or unwinding with a good book. Amanda is also a dedicated South Adelaide Football Club fan and so you can often find her cheering in the crowd of a Panthers game on weekends during football season.
Amanda lives in Hallett Cove with her husband Tim and their son Percy.