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Ministers and Director-General

The Honourable Kate Jones is the Minister of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for Cross River Rail. Megan Scanlon is the Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development. Our department is led by Director-General Damien Walker.

Read more about the ministers responsibilities and priorities in the Ministerial Charter Letters.

The Honourable Kate Jones MP - Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for Cross River Rail

Photo of the The Honourable Kate Jones is the Minister of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for Cross River Rail. Megan Scanlon is the Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development.

Kate Jones is the Minister for Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and Cross River Rail in the Queensland Government.

She is committed to driving innovation in Queensland because it attracts business investment which creates local jobs.

Kate oversaw the successful delivery of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and has recently been given portfolio responsibility for Cross River Rail - Queensland’s largest ever infrastructure project.

She has previously served as Minister for Education, Minister for Environment and Minister for Climate Change and Natural Resource Management in previous Queensland Governments.

When Kate was first sworn in in 2009, she was the youngest ever Queensland Government minister.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology and a Masters in Environmental Law from Australian National University.

Ms Meaghan Scanlon MP - Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development

Ms Meaghan Scanlon MP - Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development

Having grown up in one of Queensland’s major tourist destinations, the Gold Coast, Meaghan is committed to ensuring the continued growth and success of Queensland’s tourism industry.

Meaghan is the Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development, following the re-election of the Palaszczuk Government.

Meaghan was elected to the seat of Gaven on the Gold Coast on 25 November 2017.

Prior to being elected, Meaghan worked as a solicitor and advisor to a federal Labor Senator.

She attended Guardian Angels Primary School and Aquinas College.

Meaghan completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Griffith University on the Gold Coast and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GradDipLegPrac) at the Queensland University of Technology.

Director-General Damien Walker

Photo of Director-General Damien Walker

As Director-General of the Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development, Damien is leading the Queensland Government agenda for innovation, tourism and major events – driving economic growth by creating jobs and opportunity, and attracting investment.

Damien was announced as the Director-General of the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games in December 2017, where he successfully led the Queensland Government’s delivery of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Director-General Damien Walker was appointed as a Board Member of Cross River Rail Delivery Authority on 20 September 2019.

Previously he was the Director-General of the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games.

Damien is working to strengthen and grow Queensland's visitor economy, through developing tourism policy, tourism investment attraction, infrastructure and access, industry engagement and major events.

Damien works collaboratively with other government agencies to further the Advance Queensland agenda in partnership with industry, businesses, universities, start-ups, investors and the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur.

Before leaving Adelaide to live in Queensland, Damien held senior executive roles in the South Australian Government in infrastructure planning and delivery, investment facilitation, contract management and reform implementation. Just prior to his move, Damien led the delivery of major health infrastructure, including the $2 billion New Royal Adelaide Hospital; the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute; and the Glenside Campus Redevelopment.

Damien holds academic qualifications in public policy and planning, and has broad experience, particularly in the economic development and strategic planning arena.

Last updated: 11 Feb 2020