Sarah is a Liberal senator for Victoria in the Australian Parliament and Shadow Minister for Education.
She is passionate about the role of education in advancing our nation, building a shared sense of national identity, and giving young Australians the best chance to learn, thrive and help contribute to society and our place in the world.
The oldest of three children, Sarah was born and raised in Geelong in a loving, community focused family. She attended Sacred Heart College and The Geelong College. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Monash University.
After a successful career in broadcast journalism including hosting the Victorian edition of the ABC’s 7.30 Report, Sarah worked as a commercial lawyer with Allens in Melbourne and News Corporation in New York. She then established her own media consultancy before taking on executive roles with Network Ten and National Indigenous TV in Sydney.
Inspired by her mother Ann, the state member for Geelong between 1992-1999 and a minister in the Kennett Government as well as her father Michael, a long time local councillor, Sarah contested the 2010 election before being successfully elected to the House of Representatives as the member for Corangamite in 2013.
After serving two terms, Sarah was appointed to the Senate in 2019 and re-elected in the first position on the Senate ticket in 2022.
As a regional MP and now senator, Sarah has been a warrior for regional communities, delivering on behalf of the Coalition many vital investments including major road and rail upgrades, a wide range of community infrastructure and the Geelong City Deal.
In previous parliaments, Sarah served in numerous roles including Chair of the House of Representatives Economics Committee, Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services and Chair of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee.
Prior to taking on the education portfolio, Sarah was Shadow Minister for Communications.
Sarah, the proud mother of a 17 year old son, continues to call the Geelong region home.