Annastacia Palaszczuk was sworn in as Premier of Queensland on 14 February 2015 following the state election on 31 January.
Prior to the election Ms Palaszczuk had been Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Queensland Parliamentary Labor Party following the March 2012 state election.
She has represented the Inala electorate in the Queensland Parliament since September 2006.
Ms Palaszczuk served as Chair of the Parliamentary Ethics Committee and following the 2009 election Annastacia was appointed as the Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs.
She was appointed Minister for Transport in February 2011 and held the position up until the March 2012 election. She currently serves as the Premier and Minister for Trade.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, Master of Arts (Hons) from the University of London, Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University.
Ms Palaszczuk was the recipient of a British Council Chevening Scholarship enabling her to study for a year in London at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the London School of Economics.
She was born in Brisbane on 25 July 1969 and attended Jamboree Heights State School in Brisbane and St Mary’s Catholic College, Ipswich.
Before being elected to the Queensland Parliament she worked as a part-time sales assistant; a tutor with the Aboriginal and Island Students Service at the University of Queensland; tutor at the Australian National University; and as an adviser to federal and state MPs and Ministers.