Vicki Dunne represents the Belconnen seat of Ginninderra in the ACT Legislative Assembly. She was born in Lismore, NSW, and can trace her heritage back to the pioneering Italian families that settled there in the 1880s. She received her schooling at St Carthage’s School and St Mary’s College in Lismore, before moving to the University of New England, Armidale, where she obtained a BA and Dip.Ed, studying languages and history. Vicki settled in Canberra in 1979.
Vicki had an extensive career in the Australian Public Service in a range of education- and employment-related areas. She also had some time as a private recruitment consultant before a period of five years as a political adviser to an ACT Chief Minister.
Vicki joined the ACT Division of the Liberal Party in 1984 and has been active since then, holding both Branch and Divisional executive positions. Highlights of her involvement in the Liberal Party were the successful referendum campaign in 1992 to have Hare-Clark adopted as the electoral system for the ACT, and her endorsement as a Liberal Party candidate for the seat of Ginninderra in 1998 and for subsequent elections in 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2012.
While a member of the Legislative Assembly, Vicki has served as Shadow Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Transport, Planning and the Environment; Infrastructure and Regional Services; Environment, Water and Heritage; Family and Community Services; Education and Training; the Arts; Women; and Industrial Relations; and as the Shadow Attorney-General. She also has extensive experience on Legislative Assembly committees.
In 2012 Vicki became the first opposition member elected as the Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly. She was the first ever opposition member elected Speaker in the Assembly – a rare event in any Australian Parliament.
Vicki is also currently the President of the ACT Branch Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), a Member of the Australian Region Management Committee of the CPA, and a Regional Representative on the CPA Executive Committee.
Vicki lives in Belconnen and is married to Lyle. They have five children: Olivia, Tom, Julia, Isabella and Conor.
Vicki understands the value of education, having raised five children through both the government and non-government school systems. Also, as a mother of two children with cystic fibrosis, she is switched on to the health needs of Belconnen families.
Vicki is closely involved with the community through a range of community organisations such as P&Cs; Artsound; the Belconnen Community Council; the Cystic Fibrosis Association; Karinya House Home for Mothers and Babies; and as a patron of the University of Canberra Liberal Club. Vicki is a big fan of radio, and has been involved in community radio for over thirty years. Currently she is a weekend presenter for Canberra’s Radio for the Print Handicapped, 1RPH.