Lisa Baker was born here in Perth. She grew up living in what was then semi-rural Darlington in Perth's eastern hills region and attended the local Helena Primary School. As the representative for the electorate of Maylands in the State Parliament, Lisa is an advocate for improved public transport services for our local village hubs and for increased supports for local businesses and jobs in her electorate. Over the past eight years she has fought to reverse the Liberal Government’s cuts to our local schools and healthcare services.
Lisa is the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Communities and Women. She is also Chair of the WA Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on the Commissioner for Children and Young People. During her first term as the Member for Maylands, she held positions on the Parliamentary Services Committee and on the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education and Health. Through these roles, Lisa has brought many important issues to the attention of the Government and has held the Liberal Government to account for its broken election promise to ‘encourage and protect disclosure of child abuse by bringing about a one-stop-shop child-focused complaints system’.
Lisa is also a leading voice in Parliament and a champion within her own party for marriage equality and LGBTI rights, for empowering women in the workplace and for improving animal welfare. Her work has been instrumental in shaping WA Labor’s current policies.
Lisa continues to represent WA women in leadership roles as the elected delegate to Australia’s Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Committee. She has served as Chair of the Australian Committee for three years.
Lisa Baker’s career before becoming Member for Maylands includes her previous role as Executive Director of the Western Australian Council of Social Services (WACOSS) from 2002 to 2008, where she championed the interests of thousands of community-owned, non-government agencies working with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community. In this role, she also advocated for better conditions and wages for the many Western Australians who work in the community sector. These workers are among the lowest paid and yet they do the most difficult and complex of jobs in our communities, often caring for our loved ones and for very vulnerable people. They are employees assisting in mental health, aged care, child protection and care, working in family and domestic violence agencies, and those who work with the homeless and people with alcohol and drug dependency.
From 1998 to 2001, Lisa worked in an executive position for the Ministry of Justice. In that role, she reviewed, evaluated and developed a number of projects for the Ministry. During the same period, she also served as a councillor on the Mundaring Shire Council. From 2001 to 2002 she worked as a consultant on various projects in the public and private sectors.
In the late 1980s to the 1990s, Lisa was employed as an International Expert on Gender and Development for several UN agencies. She is highly trained and experienced in policy and programme development and has worked in many countries of Asia and the Pacific. Lisa recognises that poverty and inequality remain entrenched in many countries and she is committed to addressing these injustices.
Lisa Baker completed a Bachelor of Science, Psychology, at Curtin University in 1984, and a Graduate Diploma in (International) Development Studies, at Murdoch University in 1996.
She attended Helena Primary School, Perth College, Mercedes College and Government Stirling Senior High School.
As the Member for Maylands Lisa Baker has a proven track record and strong working relationship with local government, schools, businesses and services organisations in the Maylands electorate.
She has taken on leadership roles with many business and community-based organisations, including in the fields of training, business, local government, education, sport and the arts. Lisa Baker currently sits on the Board of John Forrest Secondary College, Maylands Peninsula Primary School and the aged care service provider, Bayswater ECHO (Elderly Citizen's Help Organisation). Additionally, she serves as the Patron of several local organisations including the Bayswater Tennis Club, the East Metropolitan Reconciliation Group and Playgroups with Pride. She is a long standing member and past Chair of Dressage WA, serving as a WA Committee Member for six years.
In 2013, Lisa’s work with the community to address the harmful effects of alcohol abuse in Maylands was recognised by the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth when she was made a finalist in the Community in Action Awards.
Lisa has recently combined her deep commitment to social justice with her love of horses by achieving an internationally recognised judging qualification which enables equestrian riders with a disability to compete in the Paralympic Games.
Lisa celebrates the strong community spirit within her electorate, particularly in Maylands, Bayswater, Inglewood, Morley, Bedford and Embleton. She will continue fighting both at the local and state levels for the improvement of local amenities and for the transformation of our village centres to match pace with the community’s needs and wishes.