Chloe Shorten

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Chloe Shorten
Chloe Shorten
Chloe Shorten, 2015
Born Chloe Bryce
1971 (age 46–47)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Residence Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia
Education Indooroopilly State High School
Somerville House School
Alma mater Deakin University
University of Queensland
Spouse(s) Roger Parkin
(m. 1997; div. 2009)

Bill Shorten
(m. 2009)
Children 3
Parent(s) Michael Bryce
Quentin Strachan

Chloe Shorten (née Bryce) is an Australian corporate affairs specialist, a member of the Burnet Institute's Engagement Committee and Strategic Advisor for their Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Program, and wife of Opposition leader Bill Shorten.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Shorten was born in Brisbane in 1971 as the fourth of five children.[2] Her mother is Dame Quentin Bryce who was the Governor General of Australia and her father is Michael Bryce. She attended Ironside State School, Somerville House and Indooroopilly State High School.[3]

After high school, she joined the Sunday Mail in Brisbane as a copygirl, and started studying an online degree in communications, through Deakin University in Victoria. She also started, but then never completed an MBA at the University of Queensland.[3]


In 2000, Shorten began working in communications and brand at Mincom. From 2005 she worked for Cement Australia.[4] From 2014 until 2016 she worked as Head of Corporate Affairs at engineering services company Calibre. She resigned to spend more time with her husband on the election campaign trail.[5]

Shorten’s first book “Take Heart – A Story for Modern Stepfamilies”, was published by Melbourne University Press[6] in 2017.

Her second book, The Secret Ingredient; The Power of the Family Table, about the power of regular family meals at the kitchen table was published in April 2018.[7]

Shorten describes herself as passionate about equal opportunity and ending family violence.[8] She is an Ambassador for the Victorian Government’s Victoria Against Violence campaign and for Our Watch.[3][2] She is a strategic advisor for the Burnet Institute in Papua New Guinea.[3][2]

In August 2017 Shorten was appointed to the Board of Industry Funds Services.[9] In 2018, Shorten was appointed as an Ambassador for the Gidget Foundation, whose mission is to raise awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Shorten's first marriage was to Brisbane architect Roger Parkin. They were divorced in 2009. She has two children with Parkin, who now live with her and Bill Shorten in Melbourne.[4] She met Bill Shorten in 2007, when she was working in corporate relations in the resource industry and he was the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services in the Rudd Government.[11] She moved to Melbourne when she married Shorten in 2009 and their daughter was born.[4]


  1. ^ Shorten, Chloe (8 March 2016). "International Women's Day — a grand tradition, but much unfinished business". Labor Herald. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Clark, Blanche (24 June 2016). "Chloe Shorten touted as Bill's secret weapon in election campaign". Herald Sun. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Davies, Anne (17 June 2016). "Federal election 2016: 12 things you might not know about Chloe Shorten". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "MP Bill Shorten expecting child with Chloe Bryce". The Australian. 19 July 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Spagnolo, Joe (19 June 2016). "Chloe Shorten, wife of Labor leader Bill Shorten, tells of love affair with WA". The Advertister. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
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  7. ^ "The Secret Ingredient, Chloe Shorten". Melbourne University Publishing. Retrieved 2018-06-17. 
  8. ^ Shorten, Chloe (27 November 2015). "Can we stop family violence in my lifetime?". Labor Herald. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
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  10. ^ "Chloe Shorten". Gidget Foundation Australia. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  11. ^ Riley, Robyn (12 May 2012). "The Labor power couple Bill and Chloe Shorten slams haters over hurtful slur". The Advertiser. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 

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