Lisa Chesters has been the Federal Member for Bendigo since September 2013. She is the first woman to be elected as the Federal Member for Bendigo, an electorate that has existed since Federation.
Lisa loves Central Victoria and is dedicated to making sure local residents have the best opportunities. She strives to ensure Central Victoria is a healthy community with a strong education sector, secure jobs people can count on, thriving local businesses and a strong, connected community.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Politics from the University of Queensland. After completing her degree at the University of Queensland, Lisa moved to Central Victoria to take up a role as a union representative at United Voice.
Lisa is passionate about workers’ rights. She is a strong campaigner against the misuse of labour hire and temporary worker visas. Lisa has also been particularly vocal in the community and at Parliament on Labor issues including education reform, health, community equality and inclusion. The Labor value of a ‘fair go for all’ guides her in her role as an MP.
When time allows, Lisa enjoys volunteering at the Bendigo Farmers' Market, spending time in her garden, the arts, reading, and walking her dog Flash.
She is often spotted locally in her signature red jacket sipping on a double espresso.