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01 August 2017

Leeanne Enoch has a long list of firsts: first Aboriginal woman to win a seat in Queensland State Parliament, first Aboriginal woman to be appointed a state minister and first member of her family to graduate university.

In recognition of her achievements and contributions, today the Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP was named winner of QUT’s Outstanding Alumni Award for the Faculty of Education at a ceremony in Brisbane.

The annual QUT Outstanding Alumni Awards recognise outstanding graduates of the university (and predecessor institutions), who have displayed exceptional professional, academic or research achievements and contributions to the community.

Leeanne Enoch with QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake.


Ms Enoch graduated in 1990 with a QUT Diploma of Education (Secondary) and as the first member of her family to graduate from university developed a lifelong commitment to education early in her life.

She spent more than a decade as a high school teacher, working in schools throughout south-east Queensland and in East London, where her passion for community development and social justice grew stronger.

After leaving teaching, Ms Enoch held senior roles in local and state government and today represents the seat of Algester and is the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business.

As a proud Nunukul/Nughi woman from North Stradbroke Island, Ms Enoch has taken on a number of leadership roles to guide humanitarian policy and programs to improve the lives of Australia’s most vulnerable community members.

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Outstanding Alumni Award winner for the Faculty of Education Leeanne Enoch.


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