Sophie Cotsis was born at Canterbury Hospital and attended Canterbury South Public, Kingsgrove Public and Kingsgrove High Schools. Ms Cotsis graduated from Macquarie University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts and the University of Technology, Sydney in 2001 with a Master of Legal Studies. Ms Cotsis has a range of employment experience in both the public and private sectors, including working at Sydney Airport while a student at university and as an adviser in Australia’s infrastructure sector.
While at university, Ms Cotsis held an active role in the Macquarie University Greek Association and the establishment of the Modern Greek Department and Greek studies.
Ms Cotsis has been an active part of the many diverse multicultural communities that are found throughout NSW for many years and has a proud history of being involved in many community campaigns and causes.
Ms Cotsis first entered NSW Parliament as a Member of the Legislative Council in September 2010, and has been a member of the Shadow Cabinet since 2011. Ms Cotsis was elected as the Member for Canterbury in 2016 and is the first Greek-Australian woman to sit in both the NSW Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly.
Ms Cotsis is currently the NSW Shadow Minister for Women, Disability Services, Multiculturalism and Ageing. Ms Cotsis has played key roles in the establishment of the Inquiry into Affordable, Social and Public Housing and the Inquiry into Elder Abuse.
Ms Sophie Cotsis MP, Member for Canterbury spoke in Parliament on Tuesday the 18th of June 2019 with regards to the welcoming of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios.