The Hon. Kate Worden was elected to the Northern Territory Parliament in 2016 and currently holds portfolios of the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services; Territory Families; Prevention of Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence; and Sport.
Kate migrated to Australia in 1981 and attended school in Adelaide before moving to the Northern Territory in 1985 where she lived remotely and in Katherine until the late 1980s before finally settling in Darwin in 1995. Her government experience spans more than 30 years across a range of areas, including being an elected Alderman with the City of Darwin Council, a Government Adviser, and Director within the Department of Housing before becoming the Member of Sanderson in 2016. She also has Northern Territory Government experience across various departments including Mining, Housing and Consumer Affairs.
She has been a member of the NT Labor Party for almost 20 years.
Kate has also helped her husband to run a small, local painting business for over 25 years.
She is passionate about her community and caring for others, particularly in regards to social and criminal justice for women and children, as well as addressing gaps for disadvantaged Territorians.
Kate is an extremely dedicated, driven and pragmatic decision maker who strives for fairness, common sense and decency within all her portfolios.
Kate is extremely family orientated, with four children and nine grandchildren.
The Minister’s avid love of sport contributed to the successful delivery of the Arafura Games in 2019.
As a former dedicated volunteer across several local sporting organisations, she continues to support a multitude of local clubs and charities within her local area. She has held local and state netball coaching roles and still enjoys playing netball, is a regular crossfitter and avid gardener.