Hon Sharon Bird MP

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Member for Cunningham, New South Wales

Positions
Deputy Chair of Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources
Party
Australian Labor Party
Chamber
House of Representatives

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

74 Crown Street
Wollongong, NSW, 2500

Postal address

PO Box 387
Wollongong, NSW, 2520

Telephone:
(02) 4228 5899
Fax:
(02) 4228 5077

Parliament Office

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 4244
Fax:
(02) 6277 4260

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Cunningham, New South Wales, 2004. Re-elected 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019.
Parliamentary positions
  • Member of the Speaker's Panel from 18.2.2008 to 13.3.2012.
  • Member of the Speaker's Panel from 11.10.2016.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills from 5.3.2012 to 25.3.2013.
  • Minister for Higher Education and Skills from 25.3.2013 to 1.7.2013.
  • Minister for Regional Development from 1.7.2013 to 18.9.2013.
  • Minister for Regional Communications from 1.7.2013 to 18.9.2013.
  • Minister for Road Safety from 1.7.2013 to 18.9.2013.
Committee service
  • Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings (formerly Broadcasting) from 4.12.2013.
  • Joint Standing: Treaties from 25.10.2010 to 14.3.2012.
  • Joint Select: Road Safety from 18.9.2019.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Transport and Regional Services from 2.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Education and Training (Education and Vocational Training from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007) from 2.12.2004 to 19.7.2010 (Chair from 13.3.2008 to 19.7.2010); Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 7.2.2007 to 17.10.2007 (Chair from 1.3.2007 to 17.10.2007); Employment and Workplace Relations from 19.2.2008 to 19.7.2010; Procedure from 19.2.2008 to 14.3.2012; Infrastructure and Communications from 25.10.2010 to 14.3.2012 (Chair from 27.10.2010 to 14.3.2012); Education and Employment from 25.2.2014 to 26.3.2015; Infrastructure, Transport and Cities from 15.9.2016 to 23.7.2019; Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources from 23.7.2019 (Deputy Chair from 24.7.2019).
  • House of Representatives Select: Intergenerational Welfare Dependence from 30.5.2018 to 2.4.2019.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Minister for Vocational Education from 18.10.2013 to 23.7.2016.
Party positions
  • Officeholder of Australian Labor Party local executive branch from 1992.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party Administrative Committee (NSW) from 1998 to 1999.
Personal
  • Born 15.11.1962, Wollongong, Australia
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • DipEd (University of Wollongong).
  • BA (University of Sydney).
  • 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.
Local government service
  • Councillor, Shellharbour City Council from 1991 to 1995.
Electorate
  • Name: Cunningham
  • Location: Cunningham covers an area from Warrawong, Unanderra (part) and Farborough Heights in the south to Helensburgh in the north. The main towns include Balgownie, Bellambi, Bulli, Corrimal, Darkes Forest, Fairy Meadow, Farmborough Heights, Helensburgh, Maddens Plains, Mount Keira, Mount Kembla, Otford, Port Kembla, Scarborough, Stanwell Park, Unanderra (part), Warrawong and Wollongong.
  • Area: 519 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 115,231 (at 7.6.2019)
  • Industries: Wollongong is the commercial centre of the Illawarra, servicing tourism, tertiary education, steel production, coal mining, brick manufacturing and textiles.
Publications
  • Getting started in business English (with L Runko), Pitman, Melbourne: 1994.