Ms Cathy O'Toole MP


Member for Herbert, Queensland

Australian Labor Party
House of Representatives

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

Nathan Business Centre
340 Ross River Rd
Cranbrook, QLD, 4814

Postal address

PO Box 226
Aitkinvale, QLD, 4814

(07) 4725 2066

Parliament Office

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

(02) 6277 2296
(02) 6277 8536


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Herbert, Queensland, 2016.
Committee service
  • Joint Standing: Northern Australia from 7.11.2016.
Party positions
  • Member, Townsville Branch ALP
  • President, North Ward Branch ALP
  • Delegate, Herbert State Conference
  • President, Herbert FEC
  • Member, Townsville SEC
  • Born 30.8.1956, Townsville, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.Msc
  • M.Msc
  • B.Ed. (CQU)
  • Dip.T. (TAFE, Brisbane College of Advanced Education)
  • Dip. Community Welfare Work (Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE)
  • Dip. Frontline Management (Southern Cross Connection, GC)
  • Dip. Training and Assessment (Southern Cross Connection, GC)
  • Cert. IV, Business (Administration) (Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE)
  • Cert. IV, Workplace Training, Category 2
  • Cert. III, Ladies Hairdressing (Dept. Ed. Qld)
  • 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
  • Description: Provincial
  • Location: north Queensland coast; it includes the city of Townsville and also includes Magnetic and Palm Islands.
  • Area: 946 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 104815 (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