The Hon. Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC was sworn in as a member of the NSW Legislative Council on Tuesday 3 May 2011. In December 2021, Natasha was appointed as the Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services. Prior to this, she served as Cabinet Secretary from May 2021 to December 2021; Parliament Secretary for Health from April 2019 to May 2021; and as Government Whip, elected by her colleagues in 2016 and then re-elected after the 2019 election.
Natasha brings to Parliament broad experience in public policy development. having served on a number of committees, including: the Health Portfolio Committee; Legal Affairs Portfolio Committee; State Development Committee; Legislative Council Privileges Committee; Procedures Committee; and the Select Committee on the impact of technological and other change on the future of work and workers in New South Wales.
Natasha has previously served as a Temporary Chair of Committees and on a number of committees, including the Chair of the Selection of Bills Committee and the Law and Justice Committee, Chair of GPSC 3, Chair of Privileges Committee, Deputy Chair of the Select Committee on Human Trafficking in New South Wales, Deputy Chair of the Committee on the Parliamentary Budget Office, Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Funeral Advisory Committee, Deputy Chair of Portfolio Committee on Education, Aboriginal Affairs, Regional NSW, Small Business and Tourism.
She has been a member of the NSW Government’s Violent Domestic Crimes Taskforce, Standing Committee on Social Issues, Committee on the Health Care Complaints Commission, Select Committee on the conduct and progress of the Ombudsman's Inquiry "Operation Prospect," Select Committee on the closure of public schools in New South Wales and the Legislation Review Committee.
As one of the founders of the St John’s Parliamentary Auxiliary, Natasha has served as Deputy Chair since 2011. She has also served as the Chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award since its inception in 2014. Since their formation in 2015, Natasha has also served as Chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of the United States of America. She is also a member of the Asia Pacific Friendship Group, Australasian Study of Parliament Group, Parliamentary Friends of Israel Group, Parliamentary Friends of Diabetes and Parliamentary Friends of Dementia.
Before entering Parliament, Natasha worked as a public affairs and government relations consultant, providing services to multinational health care companies and industry associations.
She also worked as an adviser to Liberal Ministers in the Commonwealth Government and as a registered nurse. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters of Health Services Management.
As a long time Liberal Party member, Natasha has served in a variety of positions within the Liberal Party of Australia, including being the youngest person to serve as NSW State President and the third woman to hold the position. Natasha has also served as State Vice-President, NSW Young Liberal President, State Convention Chair and Chair of the Liberal Women’s Forum, a training and development program for Liberal Women.