NORTHERN TERRITORY STATE WINNER
2014 Australian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.
The Hon Bess Price MLA is a Warlpiri woman from Central Australia. She is the Minister for Community Services, Statehood, Women's Policy and Parks and Wildlife in the Northern Territory.
Minister Price was born in Yuendumu in the Tanami Desert. Her first language is Warlpiri and she also knows Anmatyerr, Pitjantjatjara, Luritja and Western Arrernte. She became a mother at the age of 13. At aged 18, after surviving years of domestic violence, she left the father of the child and began to study to become a teacher. Minister Price has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development from Curtin University. She has worked in education and training, public administration, the media, community development, interpreting, translating and language teaching and has experience in small business management.
Minister Price was elected to the Northern Territory parliament in 2012.
Minister Price is an outspoken advocate for women and children in Aboriginal communities and campaigns tirelessly for their protection from violence and sexual abuse. She was a nominee for the US International Women's Courage Award in 2013.