Meet Ros Bates

Ros Bates MP, RN
State Member for Mudgeeraba
Shadow Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Child Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and Shadow Minister for Disability Services and Seniors

Ros’s motto of “Never give up, never give in” has helped Ros forge a career of 34 years of health experience – as a general nurse and hospital administrator.

Ros has always been a vocal advocate for health issues and particularly the future of nursing. In her Maiden Speech, Ros vowed to represent nurses in Parliament.

“I am particularly delighted that I will be able to provide to this place that vocal and credible representation that nurses are so rightly demanding. I will ensure that this most trusted and dedicated profession gets the acknowledgement it deserves.”

Ros has been awarded the Royal Australian College of Nursing’s Distinguished Services Award 2001, the Prime Minister’s Centenary of Federation Medal for Distinguished Services to the Australian Community in Health 2003, the Private Hospital’s Association of Queensland Individual Achiever’s Award 2001, the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Quality Award 2001 and she is a former winner of the Queensland Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Award (AusIndustry) 2000.

As a successful businesswoman, Ros was instrumental in gaining funding allocated to the Federal Government’s Life Saving Drugs Program. Many families throughout Australia who suffer from rare and fatal genetic disorders have received treatment through this program, previously not available to them.

Growing up in the Victorian country town of Healesville allowed Ros to understand and appreciate the importance of close-knit communities. Her mother was a schoolteacher and her father was a third generation dairy farmer who instilled in their three girls (all of whom are general nurses) the importance of honesty and integrity.

Ros has been a fierce advocate for road infrastructure in her local area and has been dubbed by the local newspapers as “the Member for the M1.” Since being elected in 2009, Ros has achieved over $519 million in road funding for the M1 from Exit 73 to Exit 85, Worongary Road, Springbrook Road, Beechmont Road and Nerang-Murwillumbah Road.

Law and order has also been an issue Ros has worked tirelessly on during her time as the Member for Mudgeeraba and commenced “Hoon Watch “and “Graffiti Watch” prior to being elected. These initiatives have seen hooning in the Mudgeeraba electorate reduced by two thirds and graffiti reduced by 75% year in year out over the past three years.

Ros is known throughout the Gold Coast as a ‘grassroots’ campaigner.  Ros won the seat off the Labor Party in 2009 and was re-elected convincingly in 2012 and again in 2015.  Ros has never lost sight of her constituents’ needs and continues to campaign strongly for the priorities of her local residents.

Ros takes her office to the people in her regular Community Corners and knocking on the doors of locals so she keeps abreast of local concerns and works collaboratively with her Council and Federal colleagues in order to make our local area a better place to live and work and to raise our children.

Ros frequently refers back to her Maiden Speech and the commitments she gave to the residents in the Mudgeeraba electorate.


Ros was appointed Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts on 3 April 2012. Prior to stepping down as Minister in 2013 for health and family reasons, Ros was responsible for implementing her Ministerial Charter of Responsibilities required of her as a Cabinet Minister, including the following:

  • Completed a whole of Government audit current IT systems, applications and support services
  • Completed a whole of Government audit on IT security
  • Stopped further operating losses in the Centre for Information Technology and Communication (CITEC)
  • Lead agency and support to the Minister for Health in the enquiry into the Health payroll debacle
  • Reviewed the Identity, Directory and Email Services (IDES) and ICTC outlining performance measures, agency migration plans, estimated migration costs, savings and benefits and cancelled the (IDES) program
  • Finalised the model for the implementation of the QLD Government Digital Wireless Network
  • The establishment of the LNP’s election commitment to deliver the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University in Townsville
  • Finalised the LNP’s election policy Science and Innovation for Economic Success, in consultation with Ministerial colleagues
  • Oversaw the policy development for the Digital Economy
  • Established the model for the QLD Government ‘One Stop Shop’ initiative
  • Delivered the LNP’s election policy Arts for all Queenslanders
  • Established the Super Star Fund to promote our growing performing arts industry
  • Established the Regional Arts Fund to extend the reach of current touring programs
  • Established an Arts Investment Advisory Board and implemented a one stop shop for organisations to apply for grants utilising a dedicated Arts Grants Officer
  • Planned and funded the strategy for the QLD Literary Awards for bursaries to young artists to replace the Premier’s Literary Awards; announced by her successor
  • Assisted in the implementation of the LNP’s election commitment for sustainable public sector growth
  • Implemented the LNP’s election commitment to reduce red tape in her portfolio responsibility

Shadow Ministry

Ros was appointed Shadow Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Child Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence and Shadow Minister for Disability Services and Seniors on 10 May 2016.

Ros was appointed Shadow Minister for Government Services, Building Industry, Information and Communication Technology on 11 April 2011.

Parliamentary and Committee Membership

  • Deputy Opposition Whip 2016 – 2016
  • Ethics Committee 2016 – 2016
  • Deputy Chair, Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee 2016 – 2016
  • Deputy Chair, Health and Ambulance Services Committee 2015 – 2016
  • Health and Communities Committee 2013 – 2015
  • Finance and Administration Committee 2011 – 2012
  • Social Development Committee 2009 – 2011
  • Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving
  • Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League
  • Parliamentary Friends of Rugby Union
  • Parliamentary Friends of Cricket


  • The Hinterland District Netball Association
  • The Hinterland Community Band
  • The Merrimac Football Club
  • The Magic United Football Club
  • The Mudgeeraba-Nerang Cricket Club
  • The Gold Coast Dolphins Cricket Club
  • The Gold Coast Junior Cricket Association
  • The Carrara Saints Junior AFL Club
  • The Mudgeeraba Spartans Junior AFL Club
  • The Mudgeeraba Redbacks Junior Rugby League Club
  • The Mudgeeraba Tennis Club
  • The Mudgeeraba Soccer Club
  • The Mudgeeraba Pony and Hack Club
  • The Mudgeeraba Redsox Baseball Club
  • The Mudgeeraba Lawn Bowls Club
  • The Robina Braves Baseball Club
  • The Robina City Soccer Club
  • The Robina Raptors Junior Rugby League Club
  • Act for Mason
  • Mason Jet Lee’s Law

Community Membership

Ros is a member of many local community organisations and/or attends regular meetings or events of:

  • The Mudgeeraba Chamber of Commerce
  • The Central Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce
  • The Springbrook Chamber of Commerce
  • Communities for Sustainable Futures
  • The Springbrook Mountain Community Association
  • The Bonogin Valley Community Association
  • The Mudgeeraba Lions Club
  • The Robina Lions Club
  • The Carrara Lions Club
  • The Mudgeeraba-Springbrook Country Women’s Association
  • The Rotary Club of Robina
  • The Rotary Club of Mudgeeraba
  • The Mudgeeraba Police Community Consultative Committee
  • The Mudgeeraba Neighbourhood Watches
  • The Merridown Neighbourhood Watch
  • The Friends of the Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Society
  • The Friends of the Mudgeeraba Show Society
  • The d’Arcy Doyle Art Awards
  • The Numinbah Correctional Facility Group
  • The Mudgeeraba Action Group
  • The Mudgeeraba Little Athletics Club
  • The Mudgeeraba Hockey Club
  • The Gold Coast District Junior Rugby League – the Vikings
  • The Heat Basketball Club – Hillcrest
  • The Gold Coast Mountain Bike Riders Association
  • The Gold Coast Antique Motorcycle Club
  • The Gold Coast Antique Automobile Club
  • The Gold Coast Woodturners Association
  • The Gold Coast Spinners and Weavers Association
  • The Gold Coast North National Servicemen’s Association
  • The Mudgeeraba Lighthorse Museum
  • The Kokoda Challenge
  • Careflight
  • The National Council of Women of Queensland
  • The Royal Australian College of Nursing
  • The Telstra Business Woman of the Year Alumni

Ros also assists Community groups with photocopying and binding services to the following:

  • The Australian Breastfeeding Association
  • The Bird Club
  • The Bonogin Valley Community Association
  • Bravehearts
  • The Breastfeeding Group
  • Cats on the Coast
  • The Clover Hill State School
  • Communities for Sustainable Future
  • The Country Women’s Association
  • The D’Arcy Doyle Art Show
  • The Feline Control Council of Qld
  • The Gold Coast & Hinterland Spinners & Weavers Group Inc.
  • The Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum Inc
  • The Gold Coast Darts Club
  • The Gold Coast Permaculture
  • The Mudgeeraba Creek State School
  • The Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum, Inc
  • The Mudgeeraba Lions
  • The Mudgeeraba Little Athletics
  • The Mudgeeraba Pony and Hack Club
  • The Mudgeeraba-Robina RSL Club
  • The Mudgeeraba Scouts
  • The Mudgeeraba Show Society
  • The Mudgeeraba Soccer Club
  • The Mudgeeraba State School
  • The Mudgeeraba Swimming Club
  • Neighbourhood Watch 6
  • Neighbourhood Watch 7
  • Neighbourhood Watch Merrimac
  • The Mudgeeraba Police Community Consultative Committee
  • The Springbrook Mountain Community Association
  • The Surfers Paradise Budgie Club


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