Ms Cathy O'Toole MP


Former Member

Australian Labor Party
House of Representatives


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Herbert, Queensland, 2016. Defeated at the general election 2019.
Committee service
  • Joint Standing: Northern Australia from 7.11.2016.
Party positions
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party Townsville Branch.
  • President of the Australian Labor Party North Ward Branch.
  • Delegate to the Australian Labor Party State Conference.
  • President of the Australian Labor Party Herbert Federal Electorate Council.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party Townsville State Electorate Council.
  • Born 30.8.1956, Townsville, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • CertIIILadiesHairdressing (Department of Education, Queensland)
  • CertIVBus (Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE)
  • DipFrontlineMgt (Southern Cross Connection)
  • MMSc (University of Sedona)
  • DippCommunityWelfareWk (Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE)
  • BMSc (University of Sedona)
  • BEd (Central Queensland University)
  • CertIVWorkplaceTraining (default)
  • DipT (TAFE and Brisbane College of Advanced Education)
  • DipTraining&Assessment (Southern Cross Connection)
  • Business Owner and Apprentice Hairdresser, 1972-87
  • TAFE Teacher, Townsville College of TAFE and Kangaroo College of TAFE, 1988-91
  • Small Business Owner, 1990-2002
  • Program Manager/Curriculum Design, Townsville TAFE, 1991-93
  • Associate, Tropical Industry Training Associates, 1994-1995
  • Director (Owner) O'Toole Enterprises Pty Ltd., 1996
  • Manager, Workplace Training Tropical Industry Training and Associates, 1996-97
  • Managing Director (Owner) Future Skills & Training, 1997-2000
  • CEO Advance Employment Inc., 2002-11
  • Project Development Manager, Supported Options in Lifestyle and Access Services Ltd (SOLAS), 2012-2013
  • CEO, SOLAS, 2013-16
  • Location: north Queensland coast; it includes the city of Townsville and also includes Magnetic and Palm Islands.
  • Area: 946 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 104,815 (at 2.7.2016)
  • Industries: copper, nickel and zinc refineries, bulk sugar terminal, and tropical fruits, prawn and fishing industry, beef cattle and tourism, James Cook University, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and large defence establishments at Lavarack Barracks (Army) and Garbutt (RAAF).
  • Electorate: Herbert includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorate of Townsville, and parts of Burdekin, Hinchinbrook, Mundingburra and Thuringowa.
  • Rotary Sunflower Award, Community Work, 2008
  • Finalist, Townsville Business Women's Network, Woman of the Year, Corporate Business Category, 2010