As a social worker, Palani has dedicated his life to helping vulnerable people. He studied social work locally at the University of Queensland
Palani currently works in mental health care support and previously worked in the disability care sector, helping adults and their families when they need it most. He has also worked as a Child Safety Support Officer to protect children from abuse and neglect.
Palani has seen firsthand the devastation natural disasters can have on communities and families, as a Trauma Counsellor and Community Recovery Worker to victims of the 2019 Townsville Flood, 2017 Cyclone Debbie and the 2011 Brisbane Flood. Palani also understands the importance of protecting our environment.
Through his work, Palani knows how crucial funding is for community and health services, and how devastating cuts to this sector can be for vulnerable Queenslanders and their families.
As a dad to three children with his wife Devi, Palani is committed to education funding. As the former President of The Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland (FICQ) the peak body representing the Indian diaspora in Queensland, Palani proudly works with multicultural communities.