Hon Darren Chester MP

Member for Gippsland, Victoria

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
The Nationals
House of Representatives

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PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

(02) 6277 7680
(02) 6273 4163

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Level 1, 89 Raymond Street
Sale, VIC, 3850

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PO Box 486
Sale, VIC, 3850

(03) 5144 6744
(03) 5144 3945

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Gippsland, Victoria

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Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Gippsland, Victoria at by-election 28.6.2008, vice the Hon. PJ McGauran (resigned). Re-elected 2010, 2013 and 2016.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence from 18.9.13 to 21.9.15.
  • Assistant Minister for Defence from 21.9.15 to 18.2.16.
  • Minister for Infrastructure and Transport from 18.2.16.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Petitions from 26.8.08 to 5.8.13.
  • Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 26.8.08 to 19.7.10.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Regional Transport from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.
Party positions
  • State Councillor (Vic.), The Nationals 2002-04.
  • Born 13.9.1967, Sale, Vic.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Newspaper and television journalist 1986-98.
  • Self-employed marketing consultant 1998-2002.
  • Executive Officer, Champions of the Bush 2002-04.
  • Chief of Staff, PJ Ryan, MLA (Vic.) 2004-08.
    Description: rural.
    Location: eastern Victoria; it includes the towns of Bairnsdale, Churchill, Heyfield, Lakes Entrance, Maffra, Morwell, Orbost, Rosedale, Sale, Stratford, Traralgon and Yarram.
    Area: 33 054 sq km (approx.).
    Electors enrolled: 99 573 (at 7.9.13).
    Industries: beef, dairy, sheep and vegetable farming, cropping, sawmilling and forestry, fishing, tourism, oil, gas and electricity, correctional and defence services, including the RAAF Base at East Sale.
    State electorates: Gippsland includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Gippsland East, and parts of Gippsland South and Morwell.