Since entering parliament in 2011, Sarah has served on numerous committees and as Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health and Western NSW.
In 2017, Sarah was appointed Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education.
In 2019, Sarah was appointed as Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning.
Sarah was born and raised in Gunnedah and has spent most of her life living in North-West New South Wales. She continues to live in Gunnedah with her husband Anthony and their daughters Annabelle and Matilda.
Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in politics, international relations and sociology from the University of New South Wales.
Prior to entering Parliament Sarah worked for former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson in Gunnedah and for the Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, in Moree.
Sarah is a graduate of Gunnedah High School and is passionate about education, particularly in regional and remote parts of NSW. As Minister, she is committed to ensuring every child – no matter where they are from – has access to a top-quality education.
Sarah is an active supporter of local community organisations and has been involved with a number of local charities including the Gunnedah Family and Children’s Services and Gunnedah Paediatric and Maternity Support (PRAMS).
Sarah’s eldest daughter has just started kindergarten at a local government school, so she is personally invested in NSW’s education system as a parent. Her regional background and her community mindedness has given her a thorough understanding and appreciation for the issues affecting communities right across NSW, and in particular a connection with the regional and rural people she represents.