The Hon Jenny Macklin


Jenny Macklin is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, in the School of Government. She is the Chair of Odyssey House Victoria and a Member of the RAND Australia Advisory Board. In late 2019, Jenny was appointed by the Victorian Minister for Training and Higher Education to conduct a review of skills needed in the Victorian economy, dubbed the ‘Macklin Review’. Jenny retired from federal politics in 2019, after serving 23 years as the Federal Member for Jagajaga, the electorate in which the ONJCRI is located. Jenny was the longest serving woman in the House of Representatives, and was the first woman to become the Deputy Leader of a major Australian political party, an office she held from 2001-2006. Jenny served as the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Minister for Disability Reform in the Rudd and Gillard Labor Governments. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Commerce (honours) from the University of Melbourne.