Mr Barry O'Rourke


Mr Barry O'Rourke
Electorate: Rockhampton - View Map(.pdf)
Party: ALP
Election date: 25 November 2017

Contact details

Electorate Office Address

Level 1
192 Quay Street

Electorate Office Postal Address

PO Box 148

Parliamentary Service

  • Member, Education, Employment, Training and Skills Committee: 13 Feb 2024
  • Member, Mental Health Select Committee: 10 Dec 2021 - 6 Jun 2022
  • Member, Education, Employment and Training Committee: 26 Nov 2020 - 12 Feb 2024
  • Member, Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee: 26 Nov 2020 - 30 Aug 2021
  • Member, Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee: 15 Feb 2018 - 6 Oct 2020


Being one of thirteen children and having a large extended family, has given me a very broad perspective on the world. Out of my siblings, you’ll find a mix of professions, teachers, bankers, a farmer and a couple of small business operators. The next generation is even more diverse. Personally, I started work as a filing clerk in Queensland Health at 16 years of age in 1980. Over the ensuing 37 years, I spent the bulk of my career in the Department of Housing and worked my way through numerous jobs across Queensland before reaching the position of Regional Director, Central Queensland and North Coast Region. One of the things I’ve loved most about being an MP is the opportunity it provides to help people who need support and a local voice in government. I understand how important it is to have the fabric of the community supported but also the importance of having a strong advocate to bring infrastructure and jobs to our region. I’m proud to say that during my term, we’ve seen work start on Rookwood Weir, the Capricornia Correctional Centre upgrade, which will create more than 200 ongoing full time jobs, the Northern Access upgrade and the Capricorn Highway duplication to Gracemere. We’ve also more recently secured money to upgrade Lawrie Street at Gracemere to reduce congestion and for stage 1 of the Browne Park redevelopment – the home of Rugby League in Rocky.
Official Awards: 2016 Department of Housing and Public Works Australia Day Medallion for coordination and front line management of Housing response to Cyclone Marcia.
Community Activity: Involved in various sporting clubs with our children, soccer, swimming, football, Apex, Rotary.


Birth Date: 17 November 1963 (Ayr, Queensland, Australia)
Family: Married (2 children)
Education: Senior Certificate
Religion: Roman Catholic