She appeared in several Australian TV series as a child and teenager including Young Talent Time and The Henderson Kids[?], before rising to prominence in the 1987 with her role in the Australian soap opera Neighbours where she starred alongside Jason Donovan[?]. Her recording career began with a boppy cover of "Locomotion" in 1988. Working with the British producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman[?] responsible for many 80s pop hits, she recorded a sequence of similarly teen-oriented pop tunes including "Better the Devil You Know", "I Should Be So Lucky", and "Shocked". By the early 1990s, subsequent albums struggled to sell as well and she returned to acting in The Delinquents[?], a tale of Australian teenage life in the late 1950s which was not a commercial success, and a small role in Street Fighter.
Her career was revived, particularly in Australia, with a dark, surreal duet with Nick Cave called "Where The Wild Roses Grow" in 1995. Her subsequent work, while still firmly in the pop mould, is generally viewed as more mature and sophisticated. While Minogue still retains a place in the iconography of 80s kitsch, her subsequent constant musical and image reinventions have allowed her career to progress beyond it.
Recently, she has achieved critical and commercial acclaim in Australia, the UK, Europe and the Far East with her disco-flavoured album, "Light Years" (released 2001). She has since gone on to release a further album, "Fever," which has debuted in the American Billboard Charts at number 3. The album was heavily influenced by 80s electropop such as the Human League. The single "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" topped in charts in many countries including the UK and Australia, and reached the top spot in the American Billboard Dance Chart.
She is the sister of Dannii Minogue.