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Hon. Julia Gillard, AC

In January 2015, Ms Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia, became the Patron of the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library.

Brief Biography

The Honourable Julia Gillard AC was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013. Ms Gillard was the first woman to serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister.

As Prime Minister and in her previous role as Deputy Prime Minister, Ms Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest economy in the world, during the Global Financial Crisis and as Australia positioned to seize the benefits of Asia’s rise. Ms Gillard developed Australia’s guiding policy paper, Australia in the Asian Century.

Ms Gillard delivered nation-changing policies, including reforming Australian education from early childhood to university, creating an emissions trading scheme, improving the provision and sustainability of health, aged and dental care, commencing Australia’s first national scheme to care for people with disabilities and restructuring the telecommunications sector.

In foreign policy, Ms Gillard strengthened Australia’s alliance with the United States, secured stronger architecture for the relationship with China, upgraded Australia’s ties with India and deepened ties with Japan, Indonesia and South Korea.

Ms Gillard represented Australia at the G20 and won Australia’s right to host the 2014 meeting. She also represented Australia at the East Asia Summit, APEC, NATO-ISAF and chaired CHOGM. Under Ms Gillard’s leadership, Australia was elected to serve on the United Nations Security Council.

Ms Gillard is a Distinguished Fellow with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution in Washington. In February 2014, Ms Gillard was appointed chair of the Global Partnership for Education, a leading organisation dedicated to expanding access to quality education worldwide. Ms Gillard is a member of the board of directors of Beyond Blue, an organisation committed to helping Australians understand and manage anxiety and depression. Ms Gillard also serves as an Honorary Professor at the University of Adelaide.

Ms Gillard’s memoirs, My Story, were published by Random House in September 2014.

Biographical information courtesy of the Office of the Hon. Julia Gillard, 2015.

On 26 January 2017 Ms Gillard was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia.