Gai Brodtmann was elected the Member for Canberra on 21 August 2010.
She has extensive experience in the public, private and community sectors.
She ran her own small business for ten years and understands the challenges faced by small business owners. Prior to that, she was a federal public servant, primarily with Foreign Affairs and Trade and Attorney-General’s.
Gai represented Australia in India and worked on a range of international and domestic issues, from Indigenous youth development and climate change to defence capability, tax and foreign policy.
As a volunteer director on the Gift of Life and Our Wellness boards, Gai helped to lift the profile of organ donation and raised funds for better health services in Canberra. She is a former director and audit committee member of the Cultural Facilities Corporation and ACTTAB and a former director of the National Press Club.
Gai is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University, a Bachelor of Public Relations from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Business from Monash University.
She has also tutored at the University of Canberra and studied North Asian perceptions of Australia’s strengths as a manufacturing nation as the 1989 Royce fellow.
A long time Canberra resident, Gai enjoys the rich cultural scene that Canberra has to offer, especially the visual arts, music, theatre and film.