In 2007 Amanda was elected as the Member for Kingston at 29 years of age.

Amanda is a member of Federal Labor’s Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development and Shadow Minister for Youth. 

Amanda was previously Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel.

Amanda was educated at state schools in Adelaide and was a volunteer swimming instructor and surf life saver.

During her university studies, Amanda worked as a sales assistant and developed a strong interest in workplace fairness. Amanda followed this passion to work in the trade union movement, both as a union representative and an occupational health and safety trainer.

Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology Honours from Flinders University and a Masters Degree in Psychology from Adelaide University. After graduating, Amanda practised as a psychologist working with General Practitioners in the delivery of mental health care to the community.

Amanda lives in Hallett Cove with her husband Tim and their two young sons, Percy and Oscar.


Amanda is proud to represent her community in the Federal Parliament. In 2019 she was elected as the Member for Kingston for a fifth term.

The electorate of Kingston covers 165 square kilometres of the southern suburbs of Adelaide, stretching from Flagstaff Hill in the north to Maslin Beach in the South. 

The electorate is named after Charles Kingston, former Premier of South Australia. Kingston was one of the Fathers of Federation and his Government was responsible for many groundbreaking reforms, including female suffrage.

Kingston is home to some of the most beautiful and iconic coastline in South Australia to the west, and rolling green hills to the east. The community is experiencing significant growth and the development of new suburbs, with Southern Adelaide a popular choice for couples looking to raise a family as well as retirees making a sea change.


In the 46th Parliament Amanda was honoured to be reappointed to the Federal Labor Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development and Shadow Minister for Youth.

Amanda believes investment in young people is the best investment Australia can make for its future and bringing these two portfolios together will ensure there is a sharp focus on our children and young people.

"It is important more now than ever that our young people are taken seriously and are given the best possible start to life. They are the key to our country’s future."