Senator the Hon Sarah Henderson

Sarah is a Liberal Senator for Victoria in the Australian Parliament and Shadow Minister for Education.

Sarah is passionate about the role of education in driving global competitiveness, building a shared sense of national identity and cultivating democratic values. On behalf of the federal Coalition, she is driving the reforms needed to improve school standards so that every young Australian can reach their full potential, so critical to securing Australia’s future.

Sarah was first elected to the House of Representatives as the member for Corangamite in 2013 before being appointed to the Senate in 2019.  Since first running for Parliament in 2010, Sarah has been a fierce advocate for the needs of regional communities.

Sarah has served in numerous roles including Chair of the House of Representatives Economics Committee, Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services and Chair of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee.

Prior to taking on the education portfolio, Sarah was Shadow Minister for Communications.

Sarah was born and raised in Geelong, Victoria. After a successful career in broadcast journalism, Sarah worked as a commercial lawyer with Allens in Melbourne and News Corporation in New York. She then established her own media consultancy before taking on executive roles with Network Ten and National Indigenous TV.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Monash University and lives in Barwon Heads near Geelong with her 17 year old son, Jeremy.

Director and Founder of the Centre for Independent Studies

Professor of Public Policy and Director, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University


Sociologist, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
Author of The New Authoritarianism

Director, Free Market Foundation, (Hungary)

Health Director, Health and BioSecurity, CSIRO

Director and Founder, Academy of Ideas, London, (UK)

Founder and CEO, Cognoscenti Group

Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative (NZ)

Australian writer and columnist for the News Limited Press

Research Director, CIS

Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Western Australia

Chinese Canadian human rights advocate

Senior Research Fellow, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

CEO and Founding Director, China Matters

Former Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives and Cabinet Minister

Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Academic Culture, and Professor of History, Australian Catholic University

Cancer researcher and clinical oncologist, with Genesis Care Newcastle

Founder and President, Middle East Forum, publisher Middle East Quarterly Journal, (US)

Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

Internationally acclaimed novelist and journalist, (US)

Head of Economic Research, Reserve Bank of Australia

Executive Director, CIS

Professor of Economics at Stanford University; Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and Chair of the Working Group on Economic Policy, (US)

UQ-CSIRO Chair in Personalised Nanodiagnostics, Professorial Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland

Diplomat, American Board of Pathology

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Liberal Party Member for Berowra

Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011, Chairman & CEO of Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd based in Beijing

Director of China and Free Societies program, CIS

Senior Research Scholar, Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University, (US)