Amanda Rishworth MP was elected to the Federal Parliament for the South Australian seat of Kingston in 2007.
Amanda was appointed Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Shadow Minsiter for Defence Personnel in July 2016, and as Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development in October 2017.
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 lives in Hallett Cove with her husband Tim and their son Percy.
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.
Amanda has volunteered her services as a swimming instructor and surf life saver for many years and 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 her regular street corner meetings, shopping centre visits and community forums, Amanda hosts a number of popular annual events in the southern suburbs including the Southern Suburbs Volunteer Awards, Student Leadership Day, Kindy Art Show, Youth Roundtable, and Welcoming the Babies ceremony.
Fighting for the South
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.
Amanda has always fought hard at home and in Canberra on important community issues such as improving access to health services for local families, securing fast, high-quality broadband for every resident, and improving local roads and infrastructure.
Amanda works with all levels of government to champion important local issues - for example, Amanda successfully lobbied for a youth-specific headspace mental health facility at Noarlunga to improve access for 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. Amanda is always working to get for the best deal for the South.
Amanda believes it to be an honour to have been appointed 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.
Amanda was also deeply honoured to be appointed Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development in October 2017. Amanda believes investment in early childhood education and development is critical for the long term future of our country.
The delivery of high quality, affordable, and accessible early education and care is criticial for both children's development as well as allowing parents to go back to work.
As a parent of a young child, Amanda has seen first hand the passion and dedicate of those working in the early childhood sector.
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.