Rita Saffioti

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Rita Saffioti
Member of the Western Australian Parliament
for West Swan
Assumed office
6 September 2008
Preceded by New Seat
Personal details
Born (1972-05-26) 26 May 1972 (age 44)
Citizenship Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater Curtin University
Committees Public Accounts committee member (2009–13)
Portfolio Minister for Transport; Planning; and Lands.

Rita Saffioti (born 26 May 1972) is an Australian politician and economist, currently representing the seat of West Swan in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly. On 17 March 2017, Rita Saffioti was appointed to her current role as Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands.


Rita grew up on her family's orchard in Roleystone, south-east of Perth. There she attended the local schools and went on to be awarded Dux of Kelmscott Senior High School. In 1992 Rita successfully completed her Bachelor of Business degree at Curtin University, majoring in Economics. Saffioti is married and has three children.[1] Saffioti is possibly the first female Australian politician to give birth to three children in one term of parliament.


9 April 2013 – Appointed Shadow Minister for Planning; Finance; Government Accountability; and Women's Interests.

26 June 2015 - Appointed Shadow Minister for Transport; Planning; Infrastructure; and Finance.

17 March 2017 - Appointed Minister for Transport; Planning; and Lands.

Before being elected to parliament, Ms Saffioti was a senior advisor and chief of staff to premiers Gallop and Carpenter.[2]

Saffioti became the inaugural member for West Swan in the WA state election of 6 September 2008.[3][4] and re-elected in 2013[5] and 2017.[6]

Saffioti has been a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1996.[7]


  1. ^ "MLA give birth". inMyCommunity. Community Newspaper Group. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  2. ^ http://ritasaffioti.com/mla/about.html
  3. ^ 2008 State General Election Details, Western Australian Electoral Commission, retrieved 8 July 2012  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "2008 Western Australian Election – West Swan", ABC Elections, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, retrieved 8 July 2012 
  5. ^ https://www.elections.wa.gov.au/elections/state/sgelection/#/sg2013/electorate/WES/results
  6. ^ https://www.elections.wa.gov.au/elections/state/sgelection#/sg2017/electorate/WES/results
  7. ^ http://www.ritasaffioti.com
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
New seat
Member for West Swan