Born in Brisbane in 1961, Joanne Millman became involved in football as a young girl. She spent her entire career with Brisbane Eastern Suburbs, playing as a sweeper and midfielder. Millman first represented Queensland in 1979 as a youth player. She developed quickly, going on to play 600 senior games in eight international tours (40 games), 15 national championships (110 games), 15 State championships (90 games) and 16 domestic seasons (360 games). In 1983 Millman made her first international tour to Hawaii. She was named Player of the Year in 1985 and 1988, and has been a committee member of the QWSA executive and treasurer for five years.