Roger Jaensch was first elected to the Tasmanian Parliament in 2014 as Member for Braddon in the House of Assembly. He served as Government Whip for the first two years of the Hodgman Government, before taking on the role of Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Trade and Red Tape Reduction. Upon his re-election in 2018, he was appointed Minister for Human Services, Minister for Housing and Minister for Planning.
Roger grew up in outer suburban Victoria - the son of a self-employed engineer and a committed community volunteer. After completion of secondary schooling he spent time working and travelling in southern Africa.
Returning to Australia, Roger studied Science at Monash University, focusing on land use and management in semi-arid areas of Australia, similar to those he had seen in Africa, and the human and economic factors driving business decisions in these environments.
On completion of his studies, Roger worked in the remote Gascoyne region of Western Australia where he helped to pioneer tourism, horticulture and sheep and goat meat enterprises on pastoral leases, diversifying local economies and creating new exports.
After other land use planning and industry development roles in WA, Roger was appointed as inaugural Chair and CEO of the Cradle Coast Authority in 2000 and moved to Wynyard in NW Tasmania with his wife Stephanie, where they have now raised three children.
The Cradle Coast Authority and its member councils are now recognised nationally as a model of cooperation for local government, and a case-study in coordination of planning, and economic and community development at regional scale.
Roger served as a board member of the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania for ten years, and as a member of the Tasmanian Health and Wellbeing Advisory Council, the Tasmania Medicare Local Social Determinants of Health Steering Committee, the University of Tasmania NW Advisory Board and the NW Economic Development Plan Regional Reference Group.