Ged was born and raised in Melbourne and lived in the electorate of Batman for 20 years.
She started her working life as a nurse and rose to become Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation. From 2010, Ged served as the elected president of the ACTU – the peak body of Australia’s union movement – where she has been fighting for better conditions for Australian workers.
Ged fought John Howard’s Workchoices to protect rights at work and is a passionate advocate for social justice and gender equality in the workplace.
Ged’s working life has been about action, integrity and achieving real change.
She was the youngest of 9 children and currently has four children of her own.