Hon Darren Chester MP

Member for Gippsland, Victoria

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

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Electorate Office 1

(Principal Office)

Level 1, 89 Raymond Street
Sale, VIC, 3850

Postal address

PO Box 486
Sale, VIC, 3853

(03) 5144 6744
(03) 5144 3945

Electorate Office 2

126 Franklin Street
Traralgon, VIC, 3844

Postal address

126 Franklin Street
Traralgon, VIC, 3844

(03) 5174 1341
(03) 5176 0719

Parliament Office

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

(02) 6277 7820
(02) N/A

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Electorate details

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 to 20.12.17.
  • Acting Minister for Regional Development from 27.10.17 to 20.12.17.
  • Acting Minister for Local Government and Territories from 27.10.17 to 20.12.17.
  • Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 5.3.18.
  • Minister for Defence Personnel from 5.3.18.
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC from 5.3.18.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Petitions from 26.8.08 to 5.8.13; Communications and the Arts from 6.2.18
  • Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 26.8.08 to 19.7.10.
  • House of Representatives Select: Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation from 6.2.18 (Chair from 8.2.18 to 5.3.18).
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 6.2.18.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Regional Transport from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.
  • Deputy Leader of the House from 18.2.2016 to 20.12.2017.
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.
    Electors enrolled: 104 088 (at 2.7.16).
    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.