The Honourable Kelly Vincent

  • The Honourable Kelly Vincent is a trailblazer, she’s the youngest woman ever elected to an Australian parliament, the first to be elected on a disability rights platform and she is Leader of Dignity for Disability in the South Australian Legislative Council. First elected in 2010, Kelly championed many issues – her work lead to the establishment of SA’s Disability Justice Plan, and among her many other achievements she recently established a committee to enquire into the educational experience of students with disabilities in South Australia.

    Kelly’s previous life was in professional playwriting and performance and she’s an active patron of the South Australian Arts community.  In 2014, Kelly was listed in The Adelaide Advertiser’s inaugural Young Guns – Ones to Watch guide, and also in their International Women’s Day list of South Australia’s Most Influential Women. Kelly was a 2015 finalist in the Daily Life ANZ Women of the Year awards.  Kelly Vincent is in demand as a speaker and has spoken at conferences interstate and overseas, and she appears regularly in the media. On a daily basis, through her work as a parliamentarian, Kelly Vincent is contacted by people in crisis – often due in part to the disproportionate amount of time people with disabilities have to spend battling with bureaucracy simply to gain fair access to the world others take for granted.  Kelly says her goal is to make herself redundant, and she says this goal will be realised when having a disability in Australia no longer constitutes a full-time job. Kelly Vincent is a prominent and respected advocate for people with disabilities, and their family carers in the South Australian political landscape.  She supports radical change in the way the needs of people with disabilities are met, believing that attitudinal change is the key. prominent and respected advocate for people with disabilities


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