The Prime Minister was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Wentworth in 2004.
After graduating from Sydney University with degrees in Arts and Law, the Prime Minister won a Rhodes scholarship and completed a further law degree at Oxford.
During and after his studies, the Prime Minister worked as a journalist. He began legal practice in 1980.
In 1987 the Prime Minister established his own investment banking firm and during that time co-founded a number of Australian companies.
The Prime Minister was Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement from 1993 to 2000.
On 6 December 2007, the Prime Minister was appointed as Shadow Treasurer and following a leadership ballot in September 2008, he was elected by his colleagues to lead the Liberal Party as Leader of the Opposition, a position held until 1 December 2009.
The Prime Minister was the Minister for Communications from September 2013 to September 2015. He was elected the leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minster on 14 September 2015.
The Prime Minister and Lucy live in Sydney and have two grandchildren, Jack and Isla.
The Hon Christian Porter MP was sworn in as the Minister for Social Services on Monday 21 September 2015, by the Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).
Prior to this position he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with a primary focus on the continuation of the Government’s red tape cutting agenda and the cyber security strategy.
Mr Porter was born and raised in Western Australia and lives in Yanchep, in the northern part of the Pearce electorate, with his wife Jennifer and son Lachlan.
Prior to winning the seat of Pearce at the 2013 Federal Election, Mr Porter served as a Minister in the State Government, variously holding portfolios of Attorney General, Minister for Corrective Services and Treasurer of Western Australia.
As Attorney General, Mr Porter managed a legislative agenda that decreased reported crime by 10 per cent in the State Government’s first year in office. As Treasurer, he delivered successive budget surpluses in Australia’s fasted growing economy and budgeted for the provision of $600million to revitalise the Western Australian not-for-profit sector. He was also responsible for the largest infrastructure program in WA’s history and was the architect of the $1billion WA Future Fund.
Mr Porter holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia, as well as a Master of Science (Political Theory) from the London School of Economics.
Prior to politics, Mr Porter worked as a lawyer in both the commercial and government settings; beginning his career at Clayton Utz and then later working as a Senior State Prosecutor for the Director of Public Prosecutions WA, where he prosecuted criminal trials for the State.
Mr Porter has also lectured at Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia in law, public policy and economics. Immediately before entering Federal Parliament, he was the Professor of Law at Curtin University.
Alexandra Gartmann is MD and CEO of Rural Bank, a subsidiary of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited and a dedicated rural and agribusiness bank. Between 2011 and 2015, she was CEO of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, a national philanthropic organisation supporting rural, regional and remote Australian communities through partnerships with philanthropic, government and private organisations.
Between 2001 and 2011, Ms Gartmann was CEO of the community not for profit Birchip Cropping Group in Victoria. She has been a member of the Victorian Government Flood Appeal Committee, Deputy Chair of the Women in Primary Industries Advisory Panel, member of the National Rural Advisory Council and remains Chair of CSIRO Agriculture Advisory Council and member of the Victorian Agricultural Advisory Committee.
Angela Perry is a qualified Barrister and solicitor and is the CEO and Founder of Future Foundations Limited. This charity engages mentors from business and creative sectors with disadvantaged children in rural and linguistically diverse communities. She is also a member of the Public Services Mutuals Task Force, launched in January 2014, by the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals.
Ms Perry recently resigned from her position as the Global Head of Business Development Equity Plan Solutions and Executive Client Partnerships for financial services company, the Link Group. Ms Perry assisted with establishment of the charitable giving and volunteering arm of the Victorian branch of the Link Group and worked with the community and businesses to build innovation and capacity.
Ms Perry has spent many years volunteering in various roles, including teaching English to newly arrived immigrants.
Ben Gales is the CEO of Social Enterprise Finance Australia. This organisation provides finance for social enterprise organisations and partners with philanthropists to strengthen the social enterprise sector.
Mr Gales has a background in social and economic policy development and innovation, and commercial investment. He was involved in developing Social Benefit Bonds for the NSW Government during his time at the Department of Family and Community Services and the NSW Treasury.
In his role in HM Treasury in the UK, Mr Gales helped establish the Phoenix Fund to promote enterprise in disadvantaged communities. Mr Gales spent eight years as a venture capitalist. He worked for private equity group 3i Group plc in the UK and US, and was on its Corporate Social Responsibility committee. Mr Gales studied Economics at Cambridge University and completed a Masters in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Colleen McGann has had extensive board experience and more than 50 years of experience in the health industry. From 2000–2013, Ms McGann was Managing Director of St Lukes Health Fund, where she started as a Junior Office Clerk in 1962. For 18 years Ms McGann was also actively involved with the management of St Lukes Private Hospital, holding the position of Managing Director from 2000–2004.
Ms McGann was the first woman elected Vice President of the industry body, Private Healthcare Australia. She has also held other leadership roles in the health industry including as the Chair of the Australian Regional Health Group.
As an active member of the business community, Ms McGann is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. In recognition of her success in business, Ms McGann received the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award (Tasmania) in 2002.
Dr Gary Johns is a columnist for The Australian newspaper and is a Director of the Australian Institute for Progress. Dr Johns is also a founding Director of DonorInform Limited, a not-for-profit company established to promote better access to charity performance data.
As a prominent figure in Australian politics, Dr Johns was the Federal Labor member for Petrie, Queensland, from 1987-1996 and held several roles in government. These included Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister, Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations and Special Minister of State. From 2002-2004 Dr Johns was an Associate Commissioner of the Productivity Commission.
Dr Johns is also author of, among other books, The Charity Ball: How to Dance to the Donor’s Tune.
Kevin Bailey recently retired after working as a Certified Financial Planner for more than 20 years. Mr Bailey was a founding Director of the Shadforth Financial Group and headed up its Philanthropic Services division.
With a long-held commitment to the philanthropic sector, Mr Bailey established and managed a Private Ancillary Fund for 10 years. He is also a patron of Future2 Foundation, the charity of the financial services industry.
As a Director of G7+ Foundation Incorporated, Mr Bailey is continuing his work in foreign aid. He previously held the position of Honorary Consul-General of Timor Leste in Victoria from 2002-2013.
Mr Bailey has been a member of many government boards, including the National Advisory Committee on Ageing and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission Industry Liaison Committee. He has also held positions on philanthropic boards, including the Council of Opportunity International Australia, and has been a member of Philanthropy Australia.
Melanie Cooper is the Director of Finance and Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary at Coopers Brewery Ltd.
Ms Cooper joined Coopers Brewery in 1985, held the position of Company Secretary from 1990 to 1993, Director in 2009 and Company Secretary again from 2010.
Ms Cooper is a founding Governor of the Coopers Brewery Foundation established in 2006, and has been the Foundation Chair since 2011. Ms Cooper also spent four years working as a Chartered Accountant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She sits on a number of boards including the Burnside War Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Neurosurgical Research Foundation and J and AG Johnston.
Nicola is the CEO of the Minderoo Foundation, one of Australia’s largest philanthropic organisations. Nicola has helped lead the diversification of the Foundation to provide a holistic approach to community development, particularly through education and the arts, believing an integrated approach is essential to build sustainable empowerment in individuals and communities.
In September 2015 Nicola was awarded the University of Canberra’s Chancellor’s Award for Services and Philanthropy. In 2014 Nicola was the Western Australian of the Year in the Community category and in September 2014 she received an honorary doctor of letters from the University of Western Australia. Nicola is Patron for Sculpture by the Sea, the Kimberley Rock Art Foundation and Impact100 WA. She is also a Director of the Black Swan Theatre Company.
Along with Nicola’s philanthropic work she is also a director of the Minderoo Group, one of Australia’s largest private companies and Managing Director of Minderoo Station.
Peter Scott is Chairman of Perpetual Limited, a financial services group. He has over 20 years of senior business experience in publicly listed companies and has extensive knowledge of the wealth management industry.
Mr Scott sits on a number of boards, including Stockland Corporation Limited and social change charity organisation, Igniting Change. He has held senior executive roles in the property and financial services industry and is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers Australia. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Peter Treseder AM is currently the CEO of Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation. He has led a variety of not-for-profit organisations for over a decade. Before that, he gained over 20 years management experience with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Mr Treseder has a wealth of board and committee experience. Recent appointments include the Brisbane City Council’s Asset Optimisation Committee, the Patricia Dukes Foundation and The Sovereign Wealth Fund Committee. In recognition of Mr Treseder’s outstanding contribution to the Australian community, he is a Member of the Order of Australia, a Knight of Grace in the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem and was a recipient of the Bicentennial Medal.
Mr Treseder is an Executive Member of Fundraising Institute Australia, and holds an MBA with distinction from Queensland University of Technology.
Tim Fischer served in the New South Wales Parliament from 1971-1984 and the Australian Federal Parliament from 1984-2001. He was Leader of the National Party from 1990-2001 and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade from 1996-1999.
Mr Fischer is actively involved in charity work and has held senior positions in various charitable organisations, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service. In 2005, Mr Fischer was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for his political, philanthropic and humanitarian work. Mr Fischer has most recently served as the Australian Ambassador to the Holy See from 2008-2012 and also served as Special Envoy to Bhutan, Eritrea and South Sudan.
Tony Stuart is the CEO of UNICEF Australia, which advocates for children’s rights internationally and domestically and supports international development programs. From 2003 to 2014, Mr Stuart was the Group CEO of National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA) and prior to that was the CEO of Sydney Airports Corporation Limited. He has 20 years corporate experience in marketing, financial services and executive and board roles.
Mr Stuart is the Chair of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Advisory Board, is a member of Starlight Children’s Foundation National Board and is a member of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals Expert Advisory Panel on Co-operative and Mutual Enterprises and Human Services.
Previously, Mr Stuart was a founding Director of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, a Director of the Heart Research Institute of Australia, a member of the Executive Committee for Sydney and on the Advisory Board of the St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout.
Mr Stuart holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Canterbury University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.