About Rachel

Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins MLC, Member for Western MetropolitanDr Rachel Carling-Jenkins is a member for Western Metropolitan in the upper house of the Victorian Parliament. Rachel is the 55th parliamentarian of the Democratic Labour Party (at state or federal level) and is the first female parliamentarian in the Party’s history.

Rachel has worked in the welfare sector for around 20 years and holds a PhD in social sciences, where she studied social movements supporting people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians and women in Australia.

Rachel has had the privilege of working with many amazing people and organisations. She has presented throughout the world at international conferences, contributing to the fields of disability, dementia and social movements. In 2014, Rachel had her first book published.

Rachel has worked on a number of projects and in a number of roles, including as a Research Fellow, Policy and Recruitment Officer, Office Manager and an Independent Researcher and Consultant.  

"My desire to contribute to a society which has as its core aim the human flourishing of all its members led me to join and run as a candidate for the DLP — a party which stands for the twin pillars of human dignity and the common good. It is human dignity and the common good which I will pursue here in this place where I will tell the stories of the people I represent — people I will fight for and people I care about."

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