Malieta has spent the last five years working at the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, specifically in Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME). She is passionate about using MSMEs as a means of financial independence for youth and women.
On completion of her studies, Malieta will advocate for MSMEs to become a national agenda, implemented through the Tongan educational syllabus. She believes that early intervention needs to take place in schools, teaching students early on the importance of savings, entrepreneurship and financial security.
She also wants to work with MSME entrepreneurs, training them on growing their business and encouraging them to contribute to national policy making so that MSMEs are formally recognised contributors in the Tongan economy.
Since 2016, Elizabeth has represented the Ginninderra electorate, as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Canberra. She is currently the ACT’s Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services and has a keen interest in community development, promoting women’s advocacy, public affairs and social justice.
Elizabeth has also been a member of Standing Committees for Education, Employment and Youth Affairs, Health, Ageing and Community Services and a member of the Select Committee on End of Life Choices in the ACT. She is a passionate small businesswoman, having established and worked in a family-based law practice, and has been actively involved in efforts to redress domestic violence, poverty and homelessness in the ACT.