Michelle is the Minister for Human Services, with responsibility for communities and social inclusion, social housing, disabilities, women, youth and volunteers.
The human services portfolio covers a range of inter-related areas which are best considered holistically. Significant current challenges include preventing the scourge of domestic violence in our community, the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the lack of housing affordability.
Michelle has a long-standing interest in human services and related areas, given her former professional role as a physiotherapist at the Repatriation General Hospital at Daw Park and advocacy in an aged care sector peak body.
She is married to news cameraman Scott Perry. In 2015 she became the first female serving Member of the Legislative Council to have a baby, so has a personal understanding of the challenges of juggling a family with a demanding career.