Hon Darren Chester MP

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Member for Gippsland, Victoria

Positions
Deputy Leader of the House
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Minister for Defence Personnel
Party
The Nationals
Chamber
House of Representatives

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office 1

(Principal Office)

Level 1, 89 Raymond Street
Sale, VIC, 3850

Postal address

PO Box 486
Sale, VIC, 3853

Telephone:
(03) 5144 6744
Fax:
(03) 5144 3945

Electorate Office 2

126 Franklin Street
Traralgon, VIC, 3844

Postal address

126 Franklin Street
Traralgon, VIC, 3844

Telephone:
(03) 5174 1341
Fax:
(03) 5176 0719

Parliament Office

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:
(02) 6277 7820
Fax:
(02) N/A

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Gippsland, Victoria at by-election 2008, vice Hon. P McGauran (resigned). Re-elected 2010, 2013 and 2016.
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.
  • Assistant Minister for Defence from 21.9.2015 to 18.2.2016.
  • Minister for Infrastructure and Transport from 18.2.2016 to 20.12.2017.
  • Cabinet Minister from 18.2.2016 to 20.12.2017.
  • Cabinet Minister from 5.3.2018 to 28.8.2018.
  • Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 5.3.2018.
  • Minister for Defence Personnel from 5.3.2018.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC from 5.3.2018.
Committee service
  • Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 26.8.2008 to 19.7.2010.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 6.2.2018.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Petitions from 26.8.2008 to 5.8.2013; Communications and the Arts from 6.2.2018.
  • House of Representatives Select: Regional Development and Decentralisation from 6.2.2018 (Chair from 8.2.2018 to 5.3.2018).
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Regional Transport from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.
  • Deputy Leader of the House from 18.2.2016 to 20.12.2017.
Party positions
  • State Councillor (Vic.), The Nationals 2002-04
Personal
  • Born 13.9.1967, Sale, Australia.
  • 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
Electorate
  • 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: 33054 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 104088 (at 2.7.2016)
  • 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.
  • Electorate: Gippsland includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Gippsland East, and parts of Gippsland South and Morwell.