Hon Sharon Bird MP

Member for Cunningham, New South Wales

Australian Labor Party
House of Representatives

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Parliament Office

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

(02) 6277 4244
(02) 6277 4260

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

74 Crown Street
Wollongong, NSW, 2500

Postal address

PO Box 387
Wollongong, NSW, 2520

(02) 4228 5899
(02) 4228 5077

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Electorate details

Cunningham, New South Wales

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Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Cunningham, New South Wales, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.
Parliamentary positions
  • Member, Speaker's Panel from 18.2.08 to 13.3.12 and from 11.10.16.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills from 5.3.12 to 25.3.13.
  • Minister for Higher Education and Skills from 25.3.13 to 1.7.13.
  • Minister for Regional Development from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.
  • Minister for Regional Communications from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.
  • Minister for Road Safety from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Education and Vocational Training from 2.12.04 to 17.10.07; Education and Training from 19.2.08 to 19.7.10 (Chair from 13.3.08 to 19.7.10); Education and Employment from 25.2.14 to 26.3.15; Transport and Regional Services from 2.12.04 to 17.10.07; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 7.2.07 to 17.10.07 (Chair from 1.3.07 to 17.10.07) ; Employment and Workplace Relations from 19.2.08 to 19.7.10; Procedure from 19.2.08 to 14.3.12; Infrastructure and Communications from 25.10.10 to 14.3.12 (Chair from 27.10.10 to 14.3.12); Infrastructure, Transport and Cities from 15.9.16.
  • Joint Standing: Treaties from 25.10.10 to 14.3.12; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 15.9.16.
  • Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Minister for Vocational Education from 18.10.13.
Party positions
  • Various ALP local executive branch positions from 1992.
  • Member, ALP Administrative Committee (NSW) 1998-99.
  • Born 15.11.1962, Wollongong, NSW.
  • Divorced.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BA (Syd), DipEd (Wollongong).
  • High school teacher 1985-89.
  • TAFE teacher 1989-95.
  • Electorate officer to C Hollis, MP 1995-97.
  • Senior Project Officer, Dept of Juvenile Justice (NSW) 1997-2004.
    Description: provincial.

    Location: Wollongong and south coast of New South Wales; it includes the city of Wollongong and the surrounding suburbs of Austinmer, Balgownie, Bellambi, Bulli, Bundeena, Clifton, Coalcliff, Coledale, Coniston, Cordeaux Heights, Corrimal, Darkes Forest, Fairy Meadow, Figtree, Gwynneville, Heathcote, Helensburgh, Keiraville, Maianbar, Mangerton, Mount Keira, Mount Kembla, Mount Ousley, Mount Saint Thomas, Otford, Russell Vale, Scarborough, Stanwell Park, Tarrawanna, Thirroul, Towradgi, Waterfall, Wombarra, Woonona and parts of Unanderra.

    Area: 519 sq km.
    Electors enrolled: 111 304 (at 2.7.16).

    Industries: tourism, tertiary education, steel production, coal mining, brick manufacturing and textiles.

    State electorates: Cunningham includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Keira, and parts of Heathcote and Wollongong.
  • Getting started in business English (with L Runko), Melbourne: Pitman, 1994.