Janet Rice

Senator for Victoria


Janet was the first coordinator of Bicycle Network Victoria’s Ride2Work program and chair of the Metropolitan Transport Forum in Melbourne, advocating her vision for healthy, clean and safe transport. As councillor and mayor of the City of Maribyrnong in Melbourne's west, Janet worked to involve people in Council decision-making and positioned the city as a leader in reducing carbon pollution and taking action against global warming. She even swapped the mayoral car for a bike as part of her commitment to reduce pollution.

Janet and her parliamentary colleagues are committed to being a strong voice for a caring society, a fair economy and a clean environment. Janet's work focuses on her portfolios of transport and infrastructure, forests, LGBTIQ equality and agriculture and rural affairs, as well as handling workplace relations in the Senate. She advocates for federal funding for public transport, bike and walking infrastructure, works to protect Australia’s native forests and the animals that rely on them from destruction of logging, and proudly stands with LGBTIQ communities in the fight for equal rights.

In Parliament, Janet is the co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for LGBTIQ Australians, the Amnesty International Parliamentary Group and the Parliamentary Friends of Women's Australian Rules Football. She is also a member of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport committee and a participating member of the Environment and Communications committee.