Biography

Sharn Coombes is a criminal barrister, former Crown Prosecutor of Victoria, national ambassador for Habitat for Humanity, Future Women mentor and two-time runner-up of the television program Australian Survivor.

Sharn has practised criminal law for the past 21 years, including an appointment as Crown Prosecutor of Victoria in 2015. She has prosecuted many complex and high-profile cases in the Supreme and County Courts of Victoria.

Sharn has also appeared for the Women’s Legal Service, often on a pro-bono basis, advocating for women affected by family violence. She has had a particular interest in mentoring junior barristers, and mentored women in the workplace through the Future Women mentoring program. Sharn has also worked at the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.

Sharn regularly competes in marathons and triathlons, having completed 8 marathons, ultra-marathons and multiple triathlons. She has fundraised for multiple charities, including Ronald McDonald House, Heartkids, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre. Sharn also trekked 150km for the Mark Hughes Foundation, raising money for brain cancer.

Sharn holds a number of Australian Survivor records. These include the most days ever played in Australia, and the most challenges won in a single game in Australian Survivor history (23 in Champions v Contenders 2018).

Sharn’s determination, grit and tenacity delivers results. Sharn is a person of action and has demonstrated a clear ability to achieve for important causes.

Sharn and her husband Damien have four children and have always been actively involved in supporting local sporting and community groups. This includes coaching netball, and volunteering to be the designated ‘runner’ for her kid’s footy teams.

Sharn is also a national ambassador for Habitat for Humanity Australia, an organisation that builds strength and stability through providing shelter to vulnerable families. Her work includes advocacy and fundraising, including for disadvantaged women in Nepal. Recently, she has volunteered as part of their Bushfire Recovery Program.

Sharn is passionate about improving the local community. She is determined to use her skills and experience to achieve better local outcomes as a part of the Morrison Government.