Biography

Personal information

Born in Cairns Base Hospital and raised in Gordonvale, Curtis Pitt continues his family’s long history of service to the Far North.

Having attended Gordonvale Primary School, Gordonvale High School, St Mary’s College Woree, he has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from James Cook University in Cairns.

Curtis is a person of integrity and believes strongly in family values.  He is a hard worker who uses his drive and enthusiasm to serve the Mulgrave electorate and put the Far North first.  Curtis and his wife Kerry have had four children – Isabel (deceased), six year-old Tristan, four year-old Layla, and two year-old Kobi.

Watch an in-depth interview with Curtis from 2011

Parliamentary activity and committees

Curtis Pitt was sworn in to the new Bligh Government Cabinet as Minister for Disability Services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships on 21 February 2011.The Hon. Curtis Pitt is Queensland’s Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport. He has previously served as Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations.

Prior to the January 2015 election Curtis was Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Trade, Employment, Energy and Water Supply, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Curtis is also Leader of Opposition Business in the Parliament.

Curtis was also Opposition Spokesperson for Main Roads and Sport and Recreation April 2012-February 2014.

Prior to the March 2012 election, Curtis was Minister for Disability Services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

During his time in Cabinet, he oversaw the launch of the Learning Earning Active Places (LEAP) strategy to close the gap for the nearly 80 per cent of Queenslanders who live in urban and regional areas who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders. In 2011 he also released ‘Just Futures’, the Queensland Government’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice strategy to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system. During NAIDOC 2011, he launched the ‘Deadly Stories’ campaign.

As Minister for Disability Services, he released ‘Absolutely Everybody’ — Queenslands ground breaking 10 year disability strategy, as well as the Carer Action Plan 2011-14, which focuses on the varying needs of carers. He also introduced the Forensic Disability Act 2011 and the Forensic Disability Service which provides a therapeutic model of support for those people on forensic orders with a sole diagnosis of intellectual or cognitive impairment. He was also a member of the COAG Select-Council working with the Australian Government to lay the foundations for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

And as Queensland’s first Minister for Mental Health, he jointly launched the anti-stigma campaign ‘Change Our Minds’, followed soon after by the launch of a new mental health community services plan ‘Supporting Recovery 2011-2017’. He also led the development of the first Mental Health Commission for Queensland – another major mental health reform.

Prior to his appointment to Cabinet, Curtis was Deputy Government Whip (May 2010 – February 2011) and briefly member of the Environment and Resource Committee. He was a member of the Integrity, Ethics and Parliamentary Privileges Committee (April 2009 – February 2011) and Temporary Speaker/Deputy Speaker (April 2009 – May 2010). Curtis has also previously been a member of various Ministerial Legislative Committees.

Community and other interests

Curtis was an Auxiliary Firefighter with the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, and is currently a member of the Edmonton Lions Club and the Gordonvale RSL Citizens’ Auxiliary.  He is also patron of the following organisations:

  • Edmonton and District Tennis Association
  • Gordonvale Tennis Club
  • Innisfail Police Citizens Youth Club
  • White Rock Cannons Junior Rugby League Club
  • Babinda & District Pony Club
  • Cairns and District Rugby League Referees’ Association
  • Softball FNQ
  • Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support (SANDS) Queensland
  • Ride for Isabel
  • Co-Patron, Edmonton Storm Junior Rugby League Club
  • Vice-Patron Surf Lifesaving Queensland

Curtis has played in local cricket, basketball, tennis and rugby league teams and enjoys cycling, golf and running for personal fitness.

Before he was elected to parliament

Before entering politics, Curtis worked in film publicity, pictured here with US stars Seann William Scott and Jason Biggs to officially open Birch Carroll & Coyle's Earlville CinemasPrior to his election, Curtis worked in the Queensland Public Service for six years which has gave him the practical knowledge of how to get Mulgrave residents a good deal from government.  He led the Queensland Government’s Indigenous Jobs and Enterprises Taskforce, established to improve economic participation for members of discrete Indigenous communities.

Previously, Curtis worked for the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships on alcohol reforms in Indigenous Communities. He has also led the Queensland Government’s business and skilled migration program, working closely with the Australian Government and private sector employers on a number of industrial relations and multicultural issues.

Prior to his career in the public service, Curtis was the regional marketing manager for Birch Carroll & Coyle.  He also worked for Cairns radio stations 4CA and HOT FM.