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Kate Worden MLA - Sanderson

Member for Sanderson

  • Assistant Minister for Bringing Back the Arafura Games
  • Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs


Kate arrived in Australia with her family in 1981 and attended school in Adelaide before first moving to the Northern Territory in 1985 where she lived in Ngukurr.

Kate returned to Adelaide, married and had two children before moving to Katherine and Arnhem Land before joining the Australian Government working in administration at the Tindal Air Force Base.

At 22, Kate became a single mum and returned to Adelaide where she worked and completed a degree in Indigenous Affairs, inspired by her experiences in Ngukurr and Katherine, before meeting her now husband, Wayne.

In 1995, Kate and her family moved back to the Territory seeking an opportunity for her daughters to reconnect with their Indigenous family and new work opportunities. Kate and her family settled in Moil, where they bought their family home in 1998. Kate and her husband Wayne run a small, local painting business.

Kate joined the Northern Territory Government in 1995 and has worked in various departments including Mines, Education, Health, and Consumer Affairs. Kate also has experience working at the highest level of government, including for Ministers Jak Ah Kit, Kon Vatskalis and the former Chief Minister Paul Henderson. Currently, Kate works for the Department of Housing overseeing the complaints and compliance functions of the Agency.

Since moving to the Territory, Kate has served as a volunteer for a number of sporting organisations, including on the board of the Waratah Football Club, as the President of the Pints Football Club for 4 years in which time Pints won back to back grand finals and successfully moved from the TEAFA competition to the AFLNT. In 1998 Kate co-founded the Waratah Netball Club and was President for 13 years, player and held local and state coaching roles.

Kate has held roles on the Wanguri and Jingili Primary School Councils, Board of Neighbourhood Watch and is currently the Treasurer of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association NT as well as on the Life Education Board. Kate volunteers with the Seabreeze Festival and the Rapid Creek Landcare Group.

Kate has served on the City of Darwin Council as an elected Alderman for the Chan Ward for more than three years where she is the Chair of the Community and Cultural, and Arts and Cultural Development Committees and also sits on the Kalymnos Sister City Committee.

During her time on Council Kate is proud to have achieved many things including the establishment of an orchard in the Jingili Water Gardens, drove the establishment of the Safer City Program, had names put on all the unmarked graves in the Jingili Cemetery and been a key contributor to the City of Darwin Masterplan as well as helping countless people get things done across the community from fixing footpaths and replacing bins to having traffic calming mechanisms installed.

Kate has been a member of the NT Labor Party for more than 10 years and has held various Executive and committee positions.

Kate has four children and five grandchildren. Her two eldest daughters are both Indigenous artists, her step-son and works in IT in Adelaide, and her youngest daughter attends Nightcliff Middle School, and is another budding artist.

In her spare time Kate still likes to play netball, run and read.

Shop 4, Northlakes Shopping Centre, 1 Links Road, Marrara, NT 0812
PO Box 232, Karama, NT 0813
Phone: 08 8999 6781
Email: electorate.sanderson@nt.gov.au