Hon Darren Chester MP

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Member for Gippsland, Victoria

Positions
Deputy Leader of the House
Minister for Veterans and 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:

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, 2016 and 2019.
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 to 29.5.2019.
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 to 1.7.2019.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Petitions from 26.8.2008 to 5.8.2013; Communications and the Arts from 6.2.2018 to 11.4.2019.
  • House of Representatives Select: Regional Development and Decentralisation from 6.2.2018 to 28.6.2018 (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.
  • Deputy Leader of the House from 5.3.2018.
Party positions
  • Councillor for the Nationals State Branch (Vic.) from 2002 to 2004.
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: Gippsland
  • 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 2.7.2016)
  • 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.