Julia Banks was elected in the 2016 Federal Election as the Federal Member for Chisholm in the Australian House of Representatives and is a member of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s team.
Julia is the Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee for Social Policy and Legal Affairs and a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee for Economics. Julia is also Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Women’s Health, the Australia-China Friendship Group and the Parliamentary Friends of Greece.
Born, raised and educated in Melbourne, Australia, Julia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree from Monash University. Julia is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Prior to entering Parliament, Julia worked in the business and corporate world for over 25 years, beginning her career as a lawyer in private legal practice. Her extensive business and leadership experience includes various Executive Director and General Counsel roles in Legal, Corporate Affairs and Media, Compliance and Governance, and Risk and Crisis Management in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
Throughout her career Julia has been strongly involved in supporting community work for a number of charities and not for profit organisations.
Julia and her husband Mike have raised two children, now both young students attending university in Melbourne.
Julia has experienced first-hand the challenges of balancing home, children, work and community life. Her experience drives her to provide ongoing support and mentoring for women and for people from culturally diverse backgrounds and gives her an understanding of the issues that directly impact the wider community of Chisholm in their day to day lives.