Mehreen Faruqi

Senator for NSW

"I am a proud to be Senator for NSW. Our community deserves representatives who advocate open, transparent and participatory democracy."

Dr Mehreen Faruqi joined the Federal Senate in August 2018. She is the Australian Greens spokesperson for Education and lifelong learning, housing, animal welfare, local government, gun control, and industry.

Since migrating from Pakistan with her young family in 1992, Mehreen’s work has focussed on developing real solutions to the social and environmental challenges we face.

Mehreen has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, and a Master and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). She has worked in leadership positions in a number of diverse organisations both nationally and internationally, from local governments and consulting firms to multinationals and universities. This includes her role as Manager of Environment and Services for Mosman Council, Manager of Natural Resources and Catchments for Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, and as the Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies (UNSW) and an Associate Professor in Business and Sustainability (AGSM UNSW). Her publications include a co-authored book entitled ‘Environmental Decision-making – Exploring complexity and context.

Mehreen has delivered major projects such as stormwater reuse and recycling infrastructure, cycle ways, hydropower generation and rainforest rehabilitation as well as doing work for action on climate change and waste reduction. She has chaired a number of panels and committees on sustainability, water and waste management for industry, local, state and federal government.

She is a Fellow of the Institute on Engineers Australia and a member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

In 2013, Mehreen received the UNSW Faculty of Engineering Award for Women in Leadership and was voted No.5 on Daily Life’s list of top 20 women for 2013 who made a difference and inspired Australians.  

On joining the Greens:

“I joined the Greens in 2004 because of the Greens’ principles and policies on the environment, climate change, education, social justice, grassroots democracy and strong stance on the rights of indigenous peoples and multiculturalism. These are closely aligned with my own values.

I believe our community deserves representatives who advocate open, transparent and participatory democracy, and who have community say in decision-making at the heart of their policy and practice. The Greens actually work to improve the lives and well-being of our communities, not for personal power, political advantage or for the benefit of vested interests”.

On Leadership in the 21st century

“Achieving sustainability is a process of transformational change, where traditional or entrenched norms and values have to be questioned and the status quo challenged. Creating and accepting change is never easy and effective leadership is critical to this change process.

An effective approach to leadership for an equal, just and sustainable society which is cognisant of the realities of complex and ‘wicked’ problems requires collaboration, negotiation, shared learning, adaptive management, persistence and resilience.

This is the shared and collective leadership approach I use to motivate, inspire and work alongside my colleagues and the community”.

Mehreen's Portfolios

  • Education
  • Housing
  • Animal Welfare
  • Local Government
  • Gun Control
  • Industry

Contact Mehreen

Electorate Office

72 Campbell Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

Sydney - (02) 9211 1500
Canberra - (02) 6277 3095

Mehreen's website

Current Campaigns

Get involved with Mehreen's latest work

End Live Exports

The Australian Greens are working with animal welfare activists to end live exports. Sign up to stay in touch with the Greens' work to end live export.

Legalise It

Let’s get real about cannabis. The war on drugs has failed. The reality is that Australians choose to use cannabis. Let's just legalise it.

Renter's Rights

More than 5 million Australians rent their home, and yet we have one of the most expensive and lawless rental markets in the world. The system is broken.