Shaoquett is a proud first generation Australian. He moved to Australia with his parents at the age of twelve, lives in Rockdale, South Sydney with his wife Mika and son Joseph.
Shaoquett has been a member of the Legislative Council since December 2009. In February 2010 he served as Temporary Chair of Committees, acting as deputy President. He served as a member of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice, a member of the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2, General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3 and now a member of the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 4 as well as on the Legislation Review Committee and Procedure Committee.
Shaoquett was re-elected as a Member of the Legislative Council in March 2015, and was elected as the Opposition Whip in the Legislative Council in April 2015. He is currently the Labor Duty MLC for the electorates of Albury, Oatley, Murray, Pittwater, and Wagga Wagga.
Before entering Parliament he was Rockdale City Councillor from 1995 until 2009, serving four times as Deputy Mayor and four times as Mayor. He has been a proud member of the Australian Labor Party for over 33 years.
In 2012 Shaoquett established the Multicultural and Indigenous Media Awards, which recognizes outstanding Multicultural and Indigenous media and journalists across Australia.
In 2014 he established the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards, the first of its kind in Australia. In 2012 established the Arabic Friends of Labor and recently launched the Forum for Middle East Affairs.