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), Tristan, Layla, and Kobi.

Parliamentary activity and committees

The Honourable Curtis Pitt MP was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (Queensland Parliament) on 13 February 2018. As the chief presiding officer of the Parliament, the Speaker chairs the debates and enforces the rules (known as Standing Orders) to ensure orderly conduct in the Chamber. Administratively, the Speaker has control of the Parliamentary Service and is responsible for the Parliament’s policies, budget, services and administration.

From February 2015 to December 2017, Curtis was the Treasurer of Queensland during which time he also had responsibility for portfolios including Trade and Investment, Employment and Industrial Relations, Energy and Water Supply, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, and Sport. He has also previously served as Minister for Disability Services and was Queensland’s first standalone Minister for Mental Health in 2011.

In Opposition, Curtis was Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Trade, Employment, Energy and Water Supply, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Curtis was also Leader of Opposition Business in the Parliament.

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).

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
  • White Rock Cannons Junior Rugby League 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

His sporting interests include tennis, rugby league, basketball, cycling and judo. Curtis is also a self-professed Star Wars nerd and comic book geek.

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.

Watch an in-depth interview with Curtis from 2011