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Eva Lawler MLA - Drysdale

Member for Drysdale

  • Eva Lawler
  • Minister for Education


Eva Lawler was born and bred in Darwin. She completed primary and secondary school in Darwin. Her secondary education was commenced at Darwin High School in the months after Cyclone Tracy after her family was evacuated after the cyclone but returned shortly afterwards.

Eva completed a Bachelor of Education at the then Darwin Community College before beginning her teaching career at Berry Springs Primary School in the 1980's. She then taught at Gray Primary School and Humpty Doo Primary School before serving as the Assistant Principal at Anula Primary School and then Principal at Jingili Primary School. Eva also worked as a Health Educator within the Education Department promoting health and wellbeing in schools.

While teaching, Eva undertook further study and gained a Masters in Education and a Masters in International Management, a Diploma in Project Management and an Associate Diploma in Public Service Management.

Eva has worked in executive roles in Education in Alice Springs and as Deputy Chief Executive School Education for the whole of the Territory. Eva also worked as Education Adviser to Paul Henderson and Marion Scrymgour.

Currently, Eva works in the Department of Sport and Recreation where she has been responsible for leading the delivery of high level sporting events such as the Mitchell Street Mile, Davis Cup Tennis, NRL and Alice Springs Masters Games.>

Eva has represented the NT in hockey including 10 years with the NT Women’s team, including 3 years as Captain. Eva has played hockey for St Mary’s A Grade for about 20 years and is a life member of St Mary’s Hockey Association and Darwin Hockey Association, and has previously been a committee member and President of St Mary’s Hockey Club.

Eva is married to Tom Lawler, a long-term Territory firefighter and has two adult children, daughter Kirby and son Lindsay.

Eva’s husband, Tom has successfully campaigned with others to have the NT Government change legislation to properly protect and support firefighters injured with workplace-related cancers and other illnesses. Tom played Premier League football for the Darwin Buffaloes Football Club and is a life member of the Club.

Shop A3, Palm Plaza, 17 University Avenue, Palmerston, NT 0830 
PO Box 400, Palmerston, NT 0831
Phone: 08 8999 5397
Email: electorate.drysdale@nt.gov.au